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Counted cross-stitch
Donna Kooler's stocking collection : 14 more of Donna's favorite cross stitch Christmas stockings
by Linda Gillum ... [et al.] ; produced by Kooler Design Studio, Inc.
Little Rock, AR : Leisure Arts, c2010.
This sequel to the hugely popular Ultimate Stocking Collection is definitely more of a very good thing. Fifteen whimsical-to-elegant designs give the consumer beautiful ways to deck their mantel with cross stitched stockings. Themes are varied to suit a wide array of individual interests. Alphabet charts are included so each stocking can be personalized. The easy assembly instructions ensure a perfect finish.
     
Love kills slowly cross-stitch : 30 cross-stitch patterns from Ed Hardy.
 
Kansas City, MO : Andrews McMeel Pub., c2010.
This ain't your grandmother's cross-stitch.Ed Hardy's Love Kills Slowly Cross-Stitchis a counted cross-stitch book for a new generation of crafters. From pierced hearts to images of skulls and crossbones, Hardy's colorful, tattoo-inspired designs are perfect for stitchers looking for something bold and graphic. Each pattern comes complete with a full-color illustration of the original art, an illustration of the final product, and a full-color pattern and key. A how-to section teaches the basics of counted cross-stitch.
     
The best of cross stitch basics : bibs, florals, samplers, bookmarks, alphabets
[editor-in-chief, Susan White Sullivan].
Little Rock, Ark. : Leisure Arts, c2010.
This book offers a big collection of the most popular kinds of cross stitch projects, those great basic projects that never go out of style:. Alphabets. Bibs. Samplers. Bookmarks. Floral designs It's the perfect resource for quick home d?cor projects and gifts. And with a variety of designers to choose from, stitchers are sure to find just the ideal design to inspire them.
     
Joan Elliott's cross stitch greeting cards : 70 stunning designs for every occasion
Joan Elliott.
Cincinnati, OH : David and Charles, 2010.
A collection of 70 beautifully detailed greetings cards from leading cross stitch designer, Joan Elliott. Features eight themed chapters with everything from sophisticated Oriental-inspired designs and Celtic celebrations to fun childhood events and adorable baby motifs. A number of chapters also include alternative project ideas, providing handy advice, useful making up instructions and stunning artworks. With a design for every occasion, follow the step-by-step instructions and clear color charts to stitch stunning cards for all your friends and family.
     

Looking for a new hobby? Counted cross-stitch is easy to learn, but provides lifelong pleasure and allows you to create beautiful needlework.

There is only one stitch to learn – a simple “x” worked continuously over evenweave fabric. So if you can sew on a button, you can create framed pictures, clothing, tablecloths, pillows - any fabric can be decorated with a counted cross-stitch design.

Cross-stitch is done on evenweave fabric – fabric that has a clearly visible grid pattern to the weave. The most commonly used evenweave is aida cloth, which is sold in varying sizes. Usually, 14-count, or 14 stitches to an inch of fabric, is the easiest for beginners to start with. Stitches are completed with 6-strand cotton embroidery floss, separated so that you stitch with two strands of thread on your needle.

Somewhat like needlepoint, counted cross-stitch designs are worked from a chart drawn on graph-like paper. You can find plenty of simple designs to start with.

When preparing floss, pull the strands out one at a time.

Start with a loop when stitching with an even number of strands of one color.

Pull stitches snug but not tight, to be able to get a needle under the stitch.

Cross Stitch Tips

The cross-stitch design is worked from the center of the fabric outward, using the chart to “count” your stitches. To begin your first project, you will need aida cloth, a simple cross-stitch design, floss in the colors specified on your chart, a tapestry needle, and an embroidery hoop (the hoop holds your fabric taut and makes it easier to stitch). You can find these supplies at any craft or fabric store. Now you are set to begin stitching!

You’ll find the technique easy to learn – and will shortly be on your way to making beautiful images in counted cross-stitch!

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff