Special Linen (Single Weave Fabrics) Instructions
©Copyright Ginnie Thompson
YOU WILL LOVE WORKING ON LINEN! In the
natural progression of cross stitching, you may have begun on an evenweave cotton fabric
where one square on the cloth was equal to one stitch. A first project may
have been a tiny flower or heart. Next, most stitchers experience a period in which
sayings are popular, each done with a particular person in mind. Then, we go on to
projects both useful and beautiful; pillows, clothing accents, birth and wedding samplers,
ThenLINEN! This is the stuff heirlooms are made of. Linen is durable; it has a
strength that will outlast cotton. It allows greater flexibility of design. It launders
and becomes more beautiful each time. And it is the best; elegant and traditional.
Tips for Stitching on Linen
Use one strand of a light color to whip the edges of the fabric to prevent raveling.
Cross stitch on linen does not require an embroidery hoop. Instead, the hand is held in a
relaxed position with the thumb and forefinger grasping the cloth and the little finger
anchoring it. On a tiny piece of fabric, it may be necessary to anchor with the ring
finger. However, do not sew with the fabric wrapped over one fingerthis may distort
KNOTLESS WASTE KNOT
Start with a knotless waste knot. This means to leave the tail of the thread on top of the
fabric, up and out of the way. When the thread is finished, work it under stitches on the
back, either in the direction of the stitches or vertically. Then rethread the original
tail and work it under stitches on the back in the same way.
THE FIRST STITCH
The first stitch
and all subsequent regular stitches should begin at a VERTICAL thread. Why? The
vertical threads (shaded area on left) act as little goal posts holding up the
under-stitch. At the intersection where the vertical thread lays on top of the horizontal
thread, start at the lower left hole.
Starting at a vertical thread acts as an early warning system, also. Should a regular
stitch suddenly begin at a horizontal thread, it is a sign that threads have been counted
A sewing stitch, one
scooping movement in and out, is used with linen. Stitches should be neither loose and
sloppy nor so tight that the spaces between the linen threads are enlarged. If light can
be seen across the top of a row of stitches, the tension is too tight. Correct tension
results in flat stitches that do not distort the background weave.
Do the bottom stitches first, then cross back.
side will be vertical lines.