1. Copy your chart or graph first, so you can highlight what you have stitched as you go.
2. Fabric: as a rule add at least 6 inches on each side to the size of your pattern. (example, for an 8 x 10 pattern you will need 14 x 16 inches of fabric).
3. Find the center of your fabric by folding it in half, then half again.
4. Arrows mark the center of the pattern. Match the center square of the pattern with the center of your fabric.
5. Start stitching in this square or count up or out to a more convenient square to start. Secure thread by holding an inch of it behind the fabric until you have stitched over it to hold it in place.
Whole stitches are made by doing half of the stitches for an entire row then going back to complete the other half of the stitch. (Be sure all your stitches lie in the same direction, bottom stitches in one direction and top stitches in the opposite direction).
Half stitches are made by just doing half of the stitch and can lie in either direction. These are represented in the pattern by a smaller symbol in one corner of a square.
Sometimes a quarter stitch or 3/4 stitch will cover an area better than just the half stitch. Our patterns give you the option to choose, therefore these are also represented by a smaller symbol in half a square.
French knots are done by bringing your needle up at one point, wrap the floss around your needle twice then go down at almost the same point keep a thumb over the needle and floss as you pull the needle through forming a knot as you get to the end of the floss.
The outline is done with a Backstitch. Bring needle up at one point, go down one stitch behind it, come up a stitch ahead, and go down at the starting point.
Long stitches are a different form of backstitch. Come up at one point, cross over as many stitches as it takes before going down at second point to make a straight line. Best not to use this if stitching on wearable items.
For best results:
1. Run your finished work under water.
2. Roll in a towel and pat out excess moisture.
3. Lay on a clean towel to dry.
4 Iron on back.
5. You are ready to frame it!
This applies to Wild Blue Yonder© fabric also.