Let the #YearOfStitch Commence!

So very many of you have signed up to learn a new embroidery stitch with me every week this year and I could not be more excited! 

Here is my vision for how this will go down. 

  • Each week I will release a blog post teaching a new stitch. I’m going to present it in lots of different ways to help ensure no matter what type of learner you are, you are able to replicate the stitch. (I will be looking for feedback so don’t hold back)
  • I will post it to Instagram and Pinterest as well
  • At the end of each quarter, I will send everyone on my mailing list a free pattern that incorporates all of the stitches we learned that quarter
  • At the end of the year, you will get another free pattern that incorporates ALL 52 stitches
  • Let’s all use the hashtag: #YearOfStitch to find each other, keep tabs on who is playing along and cheerlead each others fantastic work

I think this will be copious amounts of fun.

Let’s Start…

Now, you don’t have to be so formal, but I decided I wanted to create a bit of a sampler over the course of the year to document the stitches and my progress.

I got a fresh piece of 11 count AIDA cross stitch fabric in white. Mine is 15"x18". You can pick this up for under $3. I get mine at Joanne Fabric. I went with an 11 count because I wanted a nice loose weave for my practice stitching. 

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Since, cross stitch is my first love AND the oldest form of embroidery, I thought we should start there. Many of you know how to cross stitch too so this was a good way for us to work together to test and refine my instruction methods.

WEEK 1 of the #YEAROFSTITCH

Cross Stitch 

Cross stitch is super simple. At its core you are simply creating an X.

I’ll start with a step-by-step photo series

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  • Start from the backside of your fabric and pull your needle through the front. This is now the bottom left corner of your X 
  • Needle goes through the front to the back via the top right corner of your square or X 
  • Push from backside of your fabric to the front again via the lower right corner
  • Finish by pushing from front to back via the top left corner

Here is an illustration of the stitch:

You see via the illustration that I show you how to create a single cross stitch but also how to make your life easier when you want to make multiple cross stitches in a row. 

Now, back to the sampler. I’m using a 3" hoop to help keep each weeks stitches around the same size. There is no rhyme nor reason to the colors or pattern, just practicing my stitches. 

…and we are off!

Happy stitching,

Shannon