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im new i need help ahaha
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annagrflo message #1
im new i need help ahaha
August 6, 2020 at 2:01:00 PM
Good day! My name is Anna Grafilo, and im 16 years old. Well I dont really see the point of having to introduce myself but ill be glad to share my thoughts as i start off cross stitching. I found a box full of threads.. if thats what you call it lol and its owned by my mom. IT IS A LOT and it would be such a waste if i dont try and be knowledgeable about it. Also, I think arts in embroidery is going out of style and becoming dead as I see from my generation.. so then by that, I want to make it come alive but the thing is how do i start? I want to have my own pattern but I dont know how to make one Sad Also, I have no idea on how to read patterns, the color scheme that I saw.. idk its just alot I need one hell of a guidance.. Can someone willingly be there for me all throughout this embroidery. Email me or leave me a message in facebook Anna Grafilo. Thank you so much!

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Re: im new i need help ahaha
August 7, 2020 at 10:03:22 AM  (in response to annagrflo message #1)
Welcome! Smile
What a lovely idea, to bring cross stitch to your generation! Kiss
I did a search to find something that looked really good and in-depth for a beginner and found this tutorial:
It's excellent, though one thing where I'll caution NOT use masking tape on the edges of your fabric! I'm cringing from the idea. Masking tape will leave a sticky, ugly residue on your fabric. You can sew it with a zigzag stitch on a machine, serge it, or even use something called Fray Check. I've used all of those methods. You can also use drafting tape, which can be expensive and is usually found at an office supply store. That's a low-tack tape.
LOL, I've tried so many different things, though luckily was advised away from masking tape early on. A super experienced stitcher once mentioned using "pink hair tape," and I was shocked to find that left residue - she should have known better!
Anyway, other than the advice about masking tape, it's a really good tutorial to start with. Another thing I'll suggest is before you go making your patterns, since you're a beginner, start with smaller patterns. There are various patterns online that are free, and that will give you a feel for working with larger patterns and what your preferred fabric is, whether or not you want to use a hoop, etc.
You may still find that you'll need to buy floss...if your mom's collection doesn't include certain colors, there may be some you'll have to buy. But no worries, floss is usually not terribly expensive. (It can add up, though, when you're working a large project.)

Best of luck to you and I hope that tutorial gives you what you need to start on such a wonderful endeavor! Kiss

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