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How to Start a Cross Stitch without a Knot

Does your embroidery look lovely on the front and is covered with messy threads and knots on the back? It is important to keep the back as neat as the front of the needlework.

Learn how to start embroidery thread using the loop method to ensure that the back of the cross stitch work that has much love and time put into it is as pretty and neat as possible.

The loop method is only possible to use if the pattern calls for an even number of threads.How to Start Cross Stitch - fb

Learn more about how to start embroidery stitches by watching our video or keep reading this post.



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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Aida cloth
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Start Cross Stitch 1 Thread and needle

INSTRUCTIONS showing how to start a cross stitch

STEP 1: Thread the needle with one strand of embroidery floss

Use the scissors to cut a long length of the embroidery floss. Find the middle of the length by folding the floss in half.Start Cross Stitch 2 Fold Thread in Half

Now thread the embroidery needle with the end of the embroidery floss that is not folded.Start Cross Stitch 3 Thread Ends Onto Needle

There will now be two stands of floss to work with.Start Cross Stitch 5 Threaded Needle

step 2: Start the stitching from the back

Come up from the back of the project with the embroidery needle and floss. Start Cross Stitch 6 Needle up beginning of stitch

Be sure not to pull the embroidery floss all of the way through to the front.  There should be a loop left at the back of the embroidery work.Start Cross Stitch 7 Loop on Back

step 3: Take the needle down to the back

Take the needle and floss down from the top, being careful not to pull the embroidery thread up through the back. Be sure not to go down through the same hole.Start Cross Stitch 8 Needle Down for first stitch

Move slightly away from the hole that the thread came up through, which would be one hole in the Aida cloth.

Step 4: Catch the loop at the back

Turn the project with the back facing up.  There will be a loop on the back which was in the middle of the embroidery floss.Start Cross Stitch 9 Thread at back and loop

Run the needle through the loop to catch it. Pull gently.Start Cross Stitch 10 needle through loop

Keep pulling gently until the loop is firmly against the back of the embroidery work.Start Cross Stitch 12 stitch finished loop secure

step 5: begin stitching the project

Take the needle up to begin the first stitch in the cross stitch project.Start Cross Stitch 14 front of stitch

Pull firmly to be sure there is no play in the loop on the back. Now continue stitching, knowing the floss is secured on the back of the fabric with no knot!

The back of the cross stitch project will look very neat and tidy. Now you know how to start embroidery thread!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to start a cross stitch using the loop method. Your needlework will look lovely from the front and the back!Annette's Signature 


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