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FAQs

What is counted cross-stitch?
Counted cross-stitch is a needlecraft usually done on an evenweave fabric like Aida cloth or linen. To create the design, you follow a chart by creating a cross-stitch (x) of floss that corresponds to the appropriate color symbol on the design chart. Most cross-stitch is 14 (stitches) to the inch, worked up with two strands of embroidery floss. Embroidery floss is 6 strands and you separate them to get 3 lots of 2 strands from one length of embroidery floss.
Why shouldn’t I wash my Bucilla tablecloth fabrics before stitching?
Bucilla tablecloth designs are stamped with water-soluble ink. If you wash the tablecloth before you stitch it, you will lose the pattern. When you are finished stitching your design, you will want to wash the piece so the ink markings do not interfere with your beautiful stitch work.
What is the difference between a whipstitch and a slipstitch?
Nothing- they are the same stitch, but people sometimes call them by different names.
How do I launder my finished needle craft?
On the first washing, you must set the dyes in the floss by soaking the project in cold water with mild dish liquid (Joy or Ivory – do not use fine washables detergent) and vinegar. Use 1 ½ cups of vinegar for large projects, and ½ cup for smaller projects.
Help! I stained my needlework! What do I do?
We recommend first trying to simply soak the project in cold water, mild dish liquid and vinegar (Use a mild soap like Joy or Ivory, and 1 ½ cups of vinegar for large projects. ½ cup for smaller project.) Freshen the mixture periodically. If that does not work, you can try a stain stick, but avoid anything that is detergent based.
How should I store my needlework?
It is best to wrap them in white tissue paper, place them in a box, and store them in a dry place. Do not store them in plastic.
How can I keep my blending filaments from fraying when I embroider a satin stitch?
Drag the filament through beeswax before stitching, and then launder as instructed to remove the wax from the piece.
How can I prevent my base fabric from showing through my stitches?
Experiment with the tension on your thread or yarn. You may be pulling your stitches too tight.
How can I prevent my stitches from looking lumpy?
Experiment with the tension on your thread or yarn. You are probably stitching too loose.
How can I keep the edges of the fabric in my Bucilla kit from fraying?
Tape the edges of your fabric with masking tape.
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