Cross-stitch patterns and tips on using them
Work on the embroidery begins with the selection of the pattern. You can independently come up with a picture that you will embroider, but it is not as easy as it seems. Your sketches and photos will not be enough. For this kind of needlework like cross-stitch, schemes are needed in which the required number of stitches are already provided for in advance to get the right composition. Many schemes can be found on the Internet or buy in the store. They show how many crosses, what color and in what order you need to embroider to get the finished picture.
There are several types of schemes: black-and-white or symbolic, colored with symbols and simply colored. The smaller the squares in the diagram, the harder it is to work with it. It is difficult to count small squares, to consider small characters. In such cases, needlewomen use a magnifying glass.
The most popular scheme is color. It is divided into small squares, the color of which corresponds to the color of the thread. This scheme is best used for small jobs.Large paintings are mainly composed of small squares and many shades. Working with such a scheme is a big load for your eyes. And in shades it is very easy to get confused. Therefore, if you are new to this business, choose small color schemes.
Looking at the work of experienced needlewomen, you don’t immediately realize that the huge picture with the smallest details and shades is cross-stitch. The schemes that needlewomen often use to create their masterpieces are called combined. They contain both symbols and a color distribution of squares, the same as in color schemes. Icons and symbols help to distinguish colors (after all, similar shades are very easy to confuse), and also reduce eye strain.
The last one, black and white or symbolic, is used by very few people. Signs and symbols seem incomprehensible to many. But it is this type of scheme that is recommended for use by oculists. To protect your eyesight, you can try to understand these most incomprehensible squiggles. The symbols indicate the number of stitches and color. A decoding is attached to such a scheme. It usually says something like “6 - red, + - black,% - blue” and so on.The combination of the characters “+++ %%%%%%% 66” suggests that you need to embroider three black crosses, seven crosses — blue and two crosses — red. If there is no decoding of colors, invent it yourself. The picture will still turn out beautiful.
It is better to start embroidery from the largest section of color. In this form of needlework, like cross-stitch, the schemes are usually written by experienced craftswomen, so designations can be very different. But understanding the above three types of schemes, you can easily cope with any pattern.