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FAQs

How do I care for and store my Bucilla project?
To keep clean between seasons, wrap in white tissue paper and put in a cotton pillow case or cotton sheeting.
If item gets soiled, spot clean with a mild diluted dishwashing liquid. Lightly blot the area and lay flat to dry.
How do I stitch a straight stitch in cross stitch?
Straight stitches are stitched the same as the length of the line segment on the Design Chart.
Come up at A; go down at B. Pull flat. Repeat A – B for each stitch. Straight stitches can be worked in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal direction.
How do I determine how many strands of each color I will need for each stitch in my Bucilla needlecraft project?
Refer to the color symbol guide in the instructions. Look in the third column (the column with the hands separating the floss). The number in that column tells you how many strands you’ll need for each color in each stitch.
How do you create a french knot in cross stitch?
These are decorative knots completed after all other stitching is finished.
Come up at A; loosely wrap floss once around needle. Place needle at B, next to A. Pull floss taut as you push needle down through fabric. Carry floss across back of work between knots.
How do you create a lazy daisy stitch for embroidery or cross stitch?
These fun stitches are decorative loops held in place with a tack stitch at the end of the loop.
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.
How do I launder my finished needle craft?
  • Upon completing a needle craft project, it is best to launder it and then set the floss dyes. To do this, begin with a cool water / mild dish liquid detergent bath. Fully immerse the completed project into the soapy water and slightly agitate the fabric using your fingers. 
  • Once clean, remove from the cool water bath and rinse well under cool water until the projects rinses clear. 
  • Next, immerse the project in a cool water/vinegar bath to set the floss colors. To do this, add just a splash of white distilled vinegar to a cool water bath. Allow the project to set a few minutes, then rinse well once again under cool water. 
  • Lay the washed project out flat on a white towel, then roll the towel up to remove excess water and begin drying. Do NOT wring the fabric. 
  • After towel drying, it is best to completely dry the project on an ironing board using a hot iron, with no steam. To do this, lay the washed project stitching side down / back side up on a clean ironing board. Place a pressing cloth over the back of the project and press using a hot, dry iron. Lift and move the iron and continue pressing until all areas are dry and pressed smooth.
How do you embroider a cross stitch?
Cross-stitches are done in a row or if necessary, can be done one at a time in an area.
Stitching is done by coming up 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 do I measure the count or weave of the fabric in my Bucilla kit?
Lay a ruler down straight against the edge of your fabric. Carefully count how many squares fall within an inch.
How do you embroider a french knot?
These are decorative knots completed after all other stitching is finished.
Come up at A; loosely wrap floss once around needle. Place needle at B, next to A. Pull floss taut as you push needle down through fabric. Carry floss across back of work between knots.
How do you embroider with the backstitch?
Back stitches are completed after cross-stitches and each stitch is made the same length as one cross-stitch.
Pull the needle through at the point marked A. Then go down at the point marked B. Come back up at C and down at D.
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