There are times when I wish I could cross-stitch faster, especially when I have several great project ideas and I’m really impatient to finish what I’m working on to start with the next one.
In order to overcome that problem, I had to think of things I could do to get some speed into my fingers and project.
So today I’m sharing with you a few tips that I do to cross-stitch faster.
Tip #1: Be Organized!
Before you even sit down and take on your project, there are a few things you must do first. It is essential for any stitcher to learn how to organize their stitching kit and the material needed in the project. Otherwise, you will end up wasting a lot of time on finding that needle or thread color and so on.
Take your kit – your needles, thread, scissors and any other tools you need and keep them in one place. You don’t have to be super-neat – the point here is to set up your tools so you won’t have to interrupt your stitching just because you forgot to take something.
By preparing all your stuff in advance and keeping it close to you, you will save you a huge amount of time – and add up some speed to your stitching!
Tip #2: Analyze
It may sound obvious for expert stitchers, but before you get to the actual project, I would recommend that you put out your sheet and analyze your project. The point here is to know the parts of your project and plan how you will get about doing things. For example, if I have to use several different colors in the project, I make sure I plan when I will switch to another color. Look at large areas using a single color for example. I noticed that when I stay on one color as long as I can, I save up some serious time – and finish the project faster!
Tip #3: Railroading
Railroading is a technique where you keep both strands of floss parallel when stitching. You can do this by putting the larger needle underneath the floss as you’re pulling the stitch away. It’s a great time-saver because you won’t spend too much time watching your threads go separate ways and correcting the stitches. It can take a while to make a habit out of it but once you do the result will be a neater, better looking stitched project.
Tip #4: Partial stitches
Probably the best piece of advice is to use partial stitches whenever you can. The most popular one is the half cross-stitch and the great thing about partial stitching is that you get the same effect in twice the time. The color of the stitch looks really better with half cross-stitches and it allows for some nice shadowing effect.
Tip #5: Tension
Finally, the speed in your fingers much depends on the tension of your floss. If you’re holding the needle too tight and don’t have any flexibility in your thread, you will be putting a lot of energy in one stitch. Now, imagine that huge amount of energy for all your stitches!
Learn how to hold your needle and floss in a way that it doesn’t take much energy to pull this one stitch out – and you won’t be worried about time. You will go faster if you manage to work with relaxed arm and loose floss.
These are a few of the tips I can remember for now! I’ll be sure to update the post with more! If you have more ideas and tips, feel free to share them!
Happy (super fast) stitching!