New to stitching

jonnysmomNovember 12, 2007

Hello everyone. This may be a rather strange request but I am extrememly new to this hobby. Basically, I am trying to quit smoking and would prefer to learn stitching rather than shoveling food into my face throughout the day. I have always wanted to learn but wasn't sure how to start. My question is, what do I need to begin. What items will I need to have on hand when I begin. I would like to start soon. If anyone could help me, I would really appreciate it. I know it is in my blood because both of my grandmothers were amazing at it and I would really like to do this in their honor. Thanks, Jodi

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nana24

Jodi,
Glad you want to learn to cross stitch. I assume you are talking about counted cross stitch. I have cross stitched for several years and find it fun and relaxing.
As far as supplies, since you have not done this before I'd suggest you purchase a small kit. You do want to start with something easy so as not to get to complicated and quit. You can find small kits at several places including Wal Mart. Then of course you will need a pair of sissors. That is a good start.
I always start my work in the middle of the fabric and finding the middle by folding it(no need to count). Fold top to bottom and side and where they meet is sufficient for the middle.
A very important thing to remember is that the first thread of the cross should always go in the same direction. I always go from left to right then cross it from right to left but it is only important to do it the same way each time to keep your work smooth.
I work one color as long as it is reasonable.
I hope this is not clear as mud. I will look for a site about cross stitch and post it. I have helped several friends learn to cross stitch but we are usually sitting together.
Feel free to ask questions. This is not the forum I usually visit most but I will check back.

Sally

    Bookmark   November 14, 2007 at 9:58AM
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nana24

Jodi,
I just googled "learn to cross stitch" and a whole bunch of sites came up. I looked at several but couldn't choose one. Just look and you will find lots of info.
Good luck on your new venture!
Sally

    Bookmark   November 14, 2007 at 10:06AM
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trishaw

I see that your questions have been answered. I just want to say that I too learned to cross stitch when I quit smoking. You should be so proud of yourself! Plus this hobby is so much more rewarding.

Trish

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 12:12PM
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