That, my friends, is the question you are going to be asking yourself if you take time to read this post. Why? Well, because this post is about cross-stitching. You heard right – not cyclo-cross, not cross examination – cross-stitching.
About a year ago so many of my friends were popping out babies left and right I decided to take up a creative hobby that would allow me to personalize gifts (I have tried knitting and crocheting and ended up throwing them across the room). The problem a year ago was that I finished several cross-stitch projects but had no idea how to complete them. Well, 10 months later I am living in the same city as my sweet cross-stitching grandmother, my sensei for the Japanese readers, and I have picked back up my needle and thread. All that to say here are a few helpful, recently learned, suggestions for “finishing” your cross-stitching projects:
#2 — after letting them dry a little you will want to iron your creation. In order to do this, flip your piece upside-down on your ironing board, place a towel on top of your clothe, iron for a couple minutes checking to make sure it isn’t getting too hot. The wash and iron will obviously get creases out and your masterpiece shining, but it will also make your threads stand up and out more.
#3 — I laid my projects out on a flat surface in the sunshine. Really just make sure they will dry flat.
#4 — there are several options for finishing, but probably the easiest is framing your beauty. (I am making several of mine in to pillows but I’m getting someone else to do them for me). To frame, you will want to stitch the extra fabric around the back of a piece of cardboard… most frames come with a piece that works just fine.
Here is one finished product. I hope you are all inspired to run out and buy a needle and thread!!! 😉 It’s a great thing to do while watching TV.