There are two different stitching techniques commonly used in Cross Stitch Embroidery. The first, the "stab" method, is used by most beginning stitchers. The stab method involves moving the hand back and forth from the front of the fabric to the back of the fabric. The needle is "stabbed" into the front of the fabric, left there, and then pulled through from the other side. Each stitch technique has unique characteristics.
The stab method is effective when using a hoop or frame. The stab method of stitching does not distort the fabric. It is easy to make certain that the stitch is placed properly.
The sewing method is often used by stitchers who prefer to hold the fabric in the hand
instead of in a hoop. The stitcher's hand and needle stay on top of the fabric, except when securing floss. The needle scoops under the weave of the fabric. Read more about the stab and sew methods.
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More Cross Stitch Techniques:
Use Gridding to Keep Your Place
Use a Waste Knot