If you are looking to purchase cross stitch kits online, you will see the materials for many types of crafts. For cross stitching, you will find thread, beads, fabric, patterns and sets. Looking at the cross stitch packages, you can see that there are numerous different types to choose from to suit your preferences.
Below, is a short description of each type of kit and the main advantage and disadvantage for each one.
Counted Cross Stitch – Stitches are done on a piece of plain Aida fabric. Using a pattern (also called a chart) you need to count the squares on the material to know where to position your stitches. For example, if you begin with a symbol in the middle of the pattern you will place the matching stitch in the centre of the Aida fabric. From there, count the number of stitches there are of that symbol on the pattern and position them on the cloth relative to the very first stitch.
The advantage of this approach is that the look of the finished piece is consistent with the whole part and numerous stitchers like this appearance the best. The downside of this approach is that it is easy to lose count of the stitches, leading to a mistake in where the stitches have been put on the cloth. To remedy the error, you would then need to pull out the inaccurate stitches.
Stamped Cross Stitch – The style is printed on the material, generally in colour, which will tell you what colours to cross stitch and where. I find that stamped cross stitch works best when the design is comfortable, and you only need to use a small number of colours.
The benefit of this approach is that you do not need to depend on a pattern or chart to understand where to position your stitches, which can lead to fewer errors than counted cross stitch. The disadvantage is that if the colours printed on the material are incredibly similar, it can be challenging to differentiate what colour to position where.
Embellished Cross Stitch – design is printed on fabric, and just a few parts on the ended up piece have to be completed or accented with cross stitching.
The advantage of this type is that it is quicker to cross stitch an embellished fabric since you do not have to cross stitch the entire picture. The disadvantage of this method is that sometimes the pattern that is printed on the material is not printed straight. Also, some individuals believe that the completed piece is not as quite as pieces that are not embellished.
No-count Cross Stitch – Outlines are printed on the fabric, and a chart reveals what colour to complete with x’s.
The benefit of this approach is that it is supposed to be faster than a counted cross stitch, as you do not need to count to find out where each stitch ought to go. The downside is that, similar to embellished cross stitch, often the pattern that is printed on the fabric is not written directly.
Every stitcher has a preference for the type of cross stitching that they want to do. Businesses that sell cross stitch kits over the Internet cater to these preferences. Make your choice based on how much time you need to cross stitch, completion result and the ease of cross stitching that kit. Explore the different packages readily available and see which one you like the best.