So what does one do?
Rug up, stay warm and create some crafty goodies.
I must admit I can’t wait till spring; when the wind chills ease and the rain and grey skies are almost behind us. But I still believe winter is a great time and season to slow down a little and explore new creativity…
In the meantime, while my countdown to spring continues I’ll just curl up on my comfy couch and cross stitch.
Cross stitch is such a simple craft. It’s just one stitch, cross stitch, the rest is all in the counting of the little squares.
You only need a few basics to get started; Cross stitch fabric, tapestry needle, embroidery floss, scissors and an embroidery hoop.
Here are some tips to get you started
- Wash your hands before you begin.
- Fold the fabric into quarters to find the centre, then mark the folds with lines of tacking in a contrasting sewing thread. The tacking lines should intersect in the centre.
- Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop to keep the tension even.
- Begin stitching in the centre of the design.
- Don’t knot the end of the floss, just hold it down behind the fabric and catch it down with your first stitches,
- Make sure that all upper stitches lie at the same angle.
- Always work back into the previous needle entry.
- Avoid carrying threads across the back of the work as this may lead to shadows on the front.
- To end off the thread, run the needle through the back of several stitches to secure it.
- Always remove the fabric from the hoop when not in use.