The process could takes days

Dating cross stitch

Supplies had to come with them. Use unwaxed dental floss, quilting thread or some other strong thread to lace the fabric to the backing.

No smoking near the project. Cut any selvage edge before framing. It was a practical necessity. This is easier to explain using a picture. Color in the entire chart before starting to stitch, using distinctive colors for each symbol.

Experiment to find out which method works best for you. For extremely delicate objects, use room temperature distilled water. Dawn's Cross Stitch Several delightful cross stitch patterns available for free.

To prevent stains, I wear a white cotton glove on my left hand. Lightly pull the thread away from the direction of the stitch. Mark off the parts as you finish them with a fine tip dry erase pen. Silks were used in a satin stitch, and color took on texture in this manner.

In actual practice

Run each separated strand of floss over a damp sponge just before using it. Your stitch is going over a vertical fabric thread. Use the laying tool to stroke the thread against the fabric near where the thread emerges from the fabric.

You are then free to use or ignore whatever you choose. Attach the bead using a half stitch, coming up through the first hole, through the bead, and down through the second diagonal hole. Experienced stitchers of evenweaves recommend starting next to a vertical thread.

In case the directions above don't make sense, here is another description. Using highlighters, I use yellow to mark the symbols of the color I am going to work with next.

The order and direction of the two half stitches determines whether the hole in the bead points side-to-side or top-to-bottom. This could bleach the fabric, so only use it on whites Pencil For pencil marks, try an art gum eraser available from most art supplies stores. Avoid anything which cause the project to have long term exposure to chemicals, metal or acid. Sometimes an unevenweave linen is used when recreating an old sampler. For these diagrams, come up at the odd numbers and down at the even.

The thread may be beading thread

Wrap it in cloth, preferably white. Because of this, you should go horizontally underneath to find the starting hole for the second half of the cross stitch.

In actual practice, people do whatever works best for them. The thread may be beading thread, floss that matches the color of the bead, floss that matches the color of the background fabric, quilting thread, or any kind of transparent thread. Put the chart on a metal board, and use a magnetic straight edge that can be moved along the chart as you stitch.