If you are an absolute beginner in cross stitching of goblins, you need a patience to make the first one. It requires a lot of work and many weeks, even months, patiently cross stitch after cross stitch to create your work. It is difficult to start but it’s worth seeing the result. Get ready… for a wonderful crafting experience!
First, choose a cross stich pattern corresponding to your abilities and capacities. You can buy a complete kit or download a free cross stich chart, or you can use one of ours.
Before you begin embroidering you need a fabric. The shops sell several types of fabrics – buy a graduated one as it’s easier to follow the chart. The fabric should be 10-15 inches larger than the size of the cross stitch pattern. Iron the fabric lightly to remove any creases that may have resulted from the packaging. Clean the raveled edges. Prevent your fabric from fraying by overcasting the edges with your own sewing thread.
Here we come to the needles and threads. Always use needles with a larger eye for embroidering the cross stitch pattern. It keeps your tapestry from hooking and splitting the fabric well as providing of a seamless entry of the needle in the fabric holes.
There is a wide choice of special cross stitching threads. Do not buy cheaper ones because of their quality and lack of luster and strength. Use one and the same thread brand to avoid difference in the density of stitches.
When the cross stitch pattern is designed with more colors, the image contrast is increased although it enhances the level of difficulty.
Cut the thread with suitable length – if it’s too short, you waste time and threads to often start and end of cross stitching, if it is too long, you risk becoming tangled or torn. The length of the thread in the needle should not exceed 50 – 60 cm. Otherwise it will twist in the process of sewing which leads to uneven cross stitch.
With practice you will start becoming easier to determine the optimum length of thread.
The chart constitutes a table consisted of fields of 100 characters – 10 in a row and 10 in a column (the most common schemes) for its easier reading. Each symbol corresponds to a specific color thread. In embroidery in 1: 1 scale a symbol of the scheme corresponds to one stitch of cross stitch pattern; in embroidery in 1: 4 scale a symbol of the scheme corresponds to four stitches. Each of these types has their advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on what you want to achieve as a final result. If you embroider faces or people, the scale of the cross stitch pattern must be 1: 1.
Familiarize yourself with the chart and identify which of the cross stitches you have to use. It is important that you follow the appropriate instructions and diagrams:
- Cross Stitch
Stitch the first half of each cross moving from left to right, working through the holes in the fabric. Stitch the other half of each cross moving from right to left. Be sure all stitches cross in the same manner.
- Half Cross Stitch
When working the second row of stitches, remember to stitch from the top right hole to the bottom left hole. Correct half cross stitches create small vertical stitches on the back of the fabric.
- Back Stitch
Remember to always go back down into the hole from the previous stitch.
- French Knot
The most feared embroidery stitch. If you like to make beautiful French knots, keep the thread wrapped tightly around the needle as you pull the needle to the back of the fabric.
You can begin the goblin from any position you like. Some people prefer starting from the center of the fabric (it’s marked on some of them). To reduce visual tension and to more easily operate, you can start with the darker color threads and thereafter go with the brighter on. To make the first stitch, pass the thread through the fabric from the back side to the obverse, leaving a little extra additional thread which is covered with the next stitches. Always start and finish the stitched area by passing the needle through the back of the stitches already worked.
There are several variants of cross stitching:
- First variant
Once you’ve selected a certain thread, embroider all fields with that color and then move to the next. So you lose fewer threads for beginning and completing. Moreover, thus you make no mistakes in similar shades of strings. When fields with same color of the thread are at a distance from one another, it may be better just to cut the thread and start next.
- Second variant
You can specify a certain area of the stamp and it fully embroidered, then go to the next.
Beware: When sewing, don’t tighten the thread too much because the final result will be a transparent and curved cross stitch pattern.
Finish the goblin with a certain thread – the tapestry will be washed off at the end, so there is no need to make any strings of nodes at the beginning and completion of sewing. Just pass through the already made stitches so as not to come unstitch in the laundry.
Happy Cross Stitching,
Free Cross Stitch