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Start a Stitch with a Waste Knot

Start a Stitch with a Waste Knot

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A waste knot is sometimes used when beginning a cross stitch. A knot is tied in the end of the floss. This waste knot stays on the top of the evenweave fabric, keeping the floss from being accidently drawn out as the first stitches are done.

After the first few stitches are complete, the waste knot is cut away and the end of the floss is secured under the back of the stitches.

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