How to Cross-Stitch (in 4 simple steps)

Get your thread ready
First, cut off a length of thread to work with, typically about 18 inches (unless you’re using the loop method). Most patterns will tell you the number of strands to use on the chart you’re using. If it doesn’t, it’s generally assumed that you should use two strands.

DMC thread comes with six strands, so before you go threading your needle, you’re going to need to prep your thread. To separate an individual strand, take hold of one strand then pull the remaining strands down and away, like peeling a banana. (Kind of.)

Next, thread your needle.

Find the starting point of your pattern
Most people start in the middle of the chart and work out to the edges. This helps to make sure you have enough fabric to finish the piece. To find the center of your fabric, fold it in half horizontally, then vertically. Mark the center square by sticking your threaded needle in it. Unfold the fabric. Now you’re ready to stitch.

Stitch that first square
Whether your squares are x’s that go from the bottom left to top right, then from bottom right to top left, or the other way around, you’re set! The important thing to remember is to be consistent throughout the chart.

You’ll need to secure that thread or else you risk pulling it out on your next stitch. The first way you can do that is by leaving a small tail on the back and catching it with the next couple of stitches. The other way is by using the loop method.

And with that, you’re set! Happy Crafting!

Loop! (There it is!)

Ahh, the loop method, my favorite way of starting a new thread. It’s simple and I’m gonna show you how to do it. This tutorial is going to assume you’re needing to work with two strands.

First, you’re going to take double the length of ONE strand you need. Next, take the strand, fold it in half, and thread your needle with the side where the two strands meet together.

Now, start your square like normal, but leave a tail (it should look like a loop, hence the name) on the back side of your project. When you return your needle to the back during the next stitch, be sure to run the needle under the loop, catching and securing the thread. And that’s it! You’ve used the loop method!

This post is sus

Oh look, another gaming cross-stitch pattern.

This time it’s from Among Us which is, you know, everywhere right now. I haven’t had the time to stitch this up yet, but I did want to post the chart in case anyone wants to tackle this.

Click here for the chart

No color key because, honestly, you could pick any colors you want. If you really want to know what I used, you can comment on this post or tweet at me and I’ll give them to you, but, really, I would encourage you to try out colors that speak to you!

If you decide to tackle it, I’d love to see what you created! You can tag me @craftinggeek on Twitter or Instagram or you can use #thecraftinggeek

Happy Crafting!

We’re Fall in This Together

Let’s just be honest and say that this point isn’t a surprise to anyone despite my half-hearted protests.

I was going to make my life super complicated by trying to do a bunch of skins, but I was like, girl, you do not have time for all that. So what I did come up with is a basic template that is super easy to customize. You want to make one that’s purple, blue, or….yellow? Easy enough to do.

I, of course, used variegated thread because it brings joy to my stitching soul. I also used 14 count plastic canvas which you can find at some craft stores or at 123stitch.com. I even created a new mini game — scissors stomp, LOL

Click here for the chart

I’d love to see if you make something with this! You can tag @craftinggeek on Instagram or Twitter. As always, happy crafting!

The Man (or Woman) in the Iron(ed) Mask

So, you want to do good by your fellow humans and wear a mask. Excellent! However, you always want to have a little more personal touch to your mask. I can help you out with that, my friend.

Add a little flair with a handmade cross-stitch patch. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– a mask (I bought mine pre-made at Target, but you can make your own too!)
– aida cloth (I don’t use waste canvas/water soluble canvas as that will poke holes in the mask)
– thread
– your design
– iron-on adhesive and iron
– straight pins (optional)

First things first, pick your design. I haven’t wanted to deal with trying to iron anything on the lumpy middle, so I’ve made sure all of my designs would fit on one side of the mask — you have about a 3.5″ square area (but measure your mask to be sure your design fits!) Then stitch it up like you normally would.

When you are finished, you’re going to want to cut a rough shape around your design. Use that shape as a guide to cut out the iron-on adhesive. Then, attach the two using the manufacturer’s instructions.

After they are fused together, you’ll probably want to do a bit more trimming. Now I made my borders wide. You might want yours smaller — do what you like, but just don’t cut into your design.

Next, and this is the most important part, test out where you want to put the patch. Remember, your nice, flat mask is going to go on your nice, three dimensional face. You’d be surprised how you think it’ll look one way and how it doesn’t quite look right when you try it on. Now, I used a straight pin to test my patch. But if you don’t have any or don’t want to use a pin, you can tape it and then reposition it until you find a place you like. (Just remember to take the tape off before ironing!)

Finally, iron the patch on. (Again, using the manufacturer’s instructions.) And there you have it, a custom mask.

Then, you can take dramatic selfies using Instagram’s eyelash filter. Or not.

Concerning washing, if you are worried about damaging your work, you could always hand wash your masks, or you could place them in a garment bag before throwing them in the washing machine. The big thing is just to make sure the bond with the adhesive is good and solid before washing them for the first time.

Now, I’m off to fight the urge to make a few more masks. There’s a Triforce, a Tangled sun, the Warlock symbol….

Also, a big shoutout to Moxpowers on Twitter for helping me with the title of this blog post. Thank you!

As always, if you have any questions, you can comment here or drop me a line on Twitter or Instagram. Happy crafting!

Be Well and Stitch

Over on Instagram, there is a delightful hashtag #bewellandstitch where a lot of designers are posting free patterns so that everyone has something to do during this time when we find ourselves social distancing/being under a shelter in place order.

 

 

I decided to make a quick little chalkboard-style pattern. The pattern hasn’t been tested so if there are any issues, please let me know. Obviously this pattern is pretty open for customization so go with any color(s) you want.

 

Stay healthy. Wash your hands. We got this. ❤

 

Click here for the chart

 

As always, I love to see what you make so if you do decide to tackle this project please feel free to tag me @craftinggeek or use #thecraftinggeek

 

Happy crafting!

I Saw What You Did There

For those who play Destiny 2, you know that Trials came back this weekend. For those who know how I play Destiny 2, you know that I wouldn’t play Trials ever. I’d hate to go flawless so many times that Bungie would think I’m cheating and ban me forever. Yeah, that’s it.

 

Still, that doesn’t mean that I can’t cross-stitch something to celebrate Trials coming back. So, in the famous words of Kuzco, Boom, Baby!

 

 

I know you all know I love variegated thread, but I REALLY love this color of variegated thread. I mean, I don’t even like yellow, but I adore this color. Unfortunately, it’s a color that is discontinued — DMC Color Variation 4073, but you should be able to find it at some online retailers. If not, you can always use 90 or just any yellow if you don’t want the variegated look.

 

Click here for the chart

 

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know! You can find me on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Do You want to stitch a snow globe?

Looking for a quick, easy project to make during this busy time of year? Of course you are! This snow globe is a simple and inexpensive (yay!) project to make.

You’ll need your finished project, clear cellophane wrap, a hoop that will fit your project, fake snow, and some glue and scissors (not shown). You’ll want to trim the cellophane to about the same size as your project.

The only “trick” you’ll need to do for this is put your project in the hoop backwards.

Ta da! You’re a magician!

Flip your hoop over and trim your project very close to the edge of the hoop. (I put the snow in first which made for a delightful mess once I realized that I should have cut it first.) THEN, add a tiny bit of snow. (It goes a loooong way.)

Get ready for the fake snow to get everywhere, LOL

After the project has been trimmed and the snow has been placed, then you’re going to run glue over the entire edge of both hoops. (I just used a plain ol’ glue stick, nothing fancy.) Then, place the cellophane on top of it, smoothing out any wrinkles. (I put a cooking sheet weighed down with a container of oats on top of it until the glue dried to make sure that the seal was nice and secure.)

Tinsel and ornaments do NOT suddenly appear when you finish the project. Sorry.
Shake it and make it snow!

And there you go! A snow globe to decorate your place! And this you could use any size hoop, whipping up smaller 2″ hoops would be relatively quick to give as gifts!

Feeling Light-Headed

So, you wanna stitch a little something for Halloween? And you want it to be based around Destiny? I’ve got you covered. Actually, I had finished this last year, but hey, we all know how good I am at keeping this blog up to date.

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Ooh! Spooky! I can practically feel my light fading just looking at that picture.

Knowing me, you already can predict what I’m going to say next which is…you should totally use glow in the dark thread! I mean, dude, you can literally watch your light fade away in the dark.
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To make this, you’ll need E940 (or white, if you’re not going down the glow in the dark route) and 645. And, of course, you’ll need the chart!

This is by no means a large project — you should be able to stitch it up in an afternoon, even with the “fun” of dealing with glow in the dark thread. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Happy crafting!

Alright, Alright, Alright

Hey look! It’s the Gambit snake chart that I’ve finally decided to upload. YAY!

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Look at all of its majesty

Actually, there was quite a bit of editing I did on the fly, so I had to actually carve out some day to make the edits so that everything looks nice and shiny for you guys. And y’all know how I am with time management, LOL

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I also think this is a good place to remind y’all that all of the charts that I post are for personal use only. Please don’t sell my charts. Please don’t sell products made from any of the charts posted here. Bungie has been super great about me making and posting these so that the good crafters of the internet can make awesomeness.

Anyway, back to crafting stuff!

For this chart I used DMC 4047, but it is a discontinued color. You can find it on 123stitch.com here. But honestly, you can use any color you’d like. (I’m super partial to variegated thread, obviously.)

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If you have any questions, please let me know! And as always, happy crafting!