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FAQs

Do you have any tips on the best way to thread a needle?
Separate the strands of floss
Take one strand and double it (most cross stitches require 2 strands, while back stitches require just one.)
Thread the looped end of the strand through the eye of the needle
Pull the loop to the bottom
NEVER make knots in your floss, so as to ensure a smooth finished back.
How can I get a more secure mount when using stretcher bars for my needlework?
Tape the edges of your fabric to get a more secure mount when using stretcher bars. This will also help prevent your fabric from slipping.
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.
Do you have any tips for determining the different colors of floss that come in the Bucilla kits?
The best way is to lay all of the strands out from light to dark. The instructional chart included in your kit will tell you how many yards of each color are in the kit so be sure the check the yardage when determining colors.
How do I create a lazy daisy stitch in embroidery?
These fun stitches are decorative loops.
Bring needle up at A. Make a loose loop with the thread and insert needle back in A and bring point of needle up at B (just inside loop). Pull needle out at B and insert back in at B, over the loop.
Help! I stained my needlework! What do I do?
The best way to try to remove the stain is to hand wash or soak your needlework project in a cold water/mild dish liquid detergent bath. Allow the project to soak. If desired, the project can also be slightly agitated with your fingers in the bath making sure all the soiled area is fully immersed in the soapy water. After soaking, rinse well under cool water. If necessary, repeat soaking in a fresh cool water/mild dish liquid detergent bath, then rinse well once again.

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 do I cross stitch on evenweave fabric?
Cross-stitches on evenweave are worked over two fabric threads, so the finished “x” covers a four-thread square.
Stitching is done by coming up through a hole between woven threads at A. Then go down at B, the hole diagonally across from A. Come back up at C and down at D, etc. Complete the top stitches to create an “X.” All top stitches should lie in the same direction.
How can I keep the edges of the fabric in my Bucilla kit from fraying?
Tape the edges of your fabric with masking tape.
How do I stitch a cross stitch on Aida fabric?
Cross-stitches are completed in a row or if necessary, can be done one at a time in an area.
Stitching is done by coming up through a hole between woven threads at A. Then go down at B, the hole diagonally across from A. Come back up at C and down at D, etc. Complete the top stitches to create an “X.” All top stitches should lie in the same direction.
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