How to start cross stitch – no knots!

Before starting to cross stitch cut approximately 50 cm (19.6″) of the floss, and separate it to single strands. 

how to start stitching

Most of the cross stitch work is done using 1 or 2 strands, although, if the fabric has more loose structure you can put more strands together to cover the spacing nicely. 

There are two methods of how to start your stitching, it depends on either you are using even (2, 4, 6) or uneven (1, 3, 5) number of strands. 

First method – using even (2, 4, 6) number of strands.

Select 1 long strand and fold it in half.

how to start stitching

Thread a needle with both ends of the strand.

how to start stitching

Bring the threaded needle through the fabric.
Now you have two strands on the front side and a loop on the back side.

how to start stitching
how to start stitching

Bring the needle up through the fabric toward the back side and put it through the loop.

how to start stitching

Gently tighten the loop, and here you go – strand is fixed at the back side, now just continue stitching. 

how to start stitching

The second method – using uneven (1, 3, 5) number of strands

Bring the needle through the fabric, leaving a short end on the left side (appr. 1″ or less)

how to start stitching

Start stitching, carefully holding the loose end on the back side with your finger.

With every stitch on the back side put the loose end under the needle so the loose end of the strand will go under the completed stitches.

front side

how to start stitching
how to start stitching

back side

how to start stitching
how to start stitching
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