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Term of the Week: English Method

Term of the Week: English Method This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology! When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, […]

Term of the Week: Danish Method

Term of the Week: Danish Method This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology! When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, […]

Friday Finishes & Term of the Week

Friday Finishes

Term of the Week

Term of the Week: English Method

Term of the Week: English Method This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology! When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, […]

Progress Report & Random Corner

Progress Report

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Crazy Stitching Habits & Salvaged Stash

Crazy Stitching Habits

Crazy Stitching Habits #22

Someone mentioned this the other day and I had to agree! Sometimes I see things and I think, “wow, that would make a great finished […]

Salvaged Stash

Salvaged Stash: My Mother’s UFOs

Welcome to the next Salvaged Stash article! My mother taught me how to cross-stitch. When she was in her teens up through her early twenties […]

Five Minute Stitch & Tutorial Tuesday

Five Minute Stitch

Tutorial Tuesday

How To: Make A French Knot

Hello everyone, and welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! French Knots are notorious among the cross-stitch community. For some reason, people just can’t seem to get them […]

A Stitcher’s Dictionary: Table of Contents

A Stitcher's Dictionary: Table of Contents

A Stitcher’s Dictionary: Table of Contents

Each week on Little Thread Crafts I do a Term of the Week dictionary article, where I pick a common word or phrase among cross-stitchers and explain its meaning. Here they are, all collected, as a Stitcher’s Dictionary!

Below you will find an alphabetized list of every term I’ve done so far. Think of it like a cross-stitcher’s dictionary, and this is the table of contents.

Click the word to read the article. Happy Stitching!

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Term of the Week: English Method

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Term of the Week: English Method

This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology!

When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, and instructions, you may come across the phrase ‘English Method’. And if you were like me, you’ll have no idea what that means. Luckily, the concept is actually pretty simple.

There are two main methods of stitching the crosses in cross-stitch: the English Method, and the Danish Method. We covered the Danish Method last week. Today, we’ll cover the English one!

When you make your stitches, if you do each ‘x’ at a time – so / and \ to make your x – before moving on to the next stitch in the row or column, they call that the English Method of stitching! It’s as simple and basic as that.

The English Method is also called the Vertical method because that is the primary use for this method of stitching. You use it to make a vertical column of crosses. Stitchers do not recommend using this method on horizontal rows. Also, this method is more sturdy and anchored on the fabric, but it also uses a lot more thread than the alternative of the Danish Method.

English Method

Example of the English Method of stitching

I don’t know why the English Method is called that. I tried finding the origin behind the name. My assumption was it was used primarily by the English in their embroidery work and that’s how it got its name. I couldn’t find anything to confirm this though. If any readers happen to know or have a source to the origin, feel free to let me know!

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“Term of the Week” is a weekly blog post highlighting a new word or phrase commonly used among cross-stitchers but not found in an ordinary dictionary. These posts are to help explain the words’ meanings in context and provide a resource for anyone wondering what a term like “frogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Term of the Week: Danish Method

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Term of the Week: Danish Method

This week’s Term of the Week dives back into some more technical terminology!

When looking through cross-stitch techniques, guides, and instructions, you may come across the phrase ‘Danish Method’. And if you were like me, you’ll have no idea what that means. Luckily, the concept is actually pretty simple.

There are two main methods of stitching the crosses in cross-stitch: the Danish Method, and the English Method. Today we’ll cover the Danish Method.

When you are making your stitches, if you go all the way down the row doing half stitches like this: / / / / / /, and then go back across the row to finish your crosses like this: \ \ \ \ \ \ , that is the Danish Method of stitching! It’s as simple and as basic as that.

The Danish Method is also called the Horizontal method because that is the primary use for this method of stitching, when you are stitching on a horizontal row of crosses. Stitchers do not recommend using this method when stitching on vertical columns. Also, this method, while less sturdy on the fabric, uses less embroidery floss than doing it another way. I don’t know about anyone else, but the Danish Method is how I was taught to stitch.

A small, kind of pixelated example of the Danish Method!

A small, kind of pixelated example of the Danish Method!

I don’t know why the Danish Method is called that. I tried finding the origin behind the name. My assumption was it’s used primarily by the Danes in their embroidery work and that’s how it got its name. I couldn’t find anything to confirm this though. If any readers happen to know or have a source to the origin, feel free to let me know!

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“Term of the Week” is a weekly blog post highlighting a new word or phrase commonly used among cross-stitchers but not found in an ordinary dictionary. These posts are to help explain the words’ meanings in context and provide a resource for anyone wondering what a term like “frogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Progress Report: Home Is Where Your Mom Is, Part 1

Progress Report: Home Is Where Your Mom Is

Today’s Progress Report is a Christmas gift I started to stitch for my mom! I made a valiant effort to get this done before Christmas. I didn’t quite make it… but I made huge progress on it! Now it’ll be a gift for whenever I manage to get it done.

So I started this piece with the heart in the center:

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Friday Finishes #40: Rock The ‘Stache

Rock the 'Stache

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is a fun quick stitch I did as a gift for a guy. You don’t find many kits, mini or otherwise, that are good presents for men.

Name of Piece: HD45759 Mustache

Designed by: No designer listed!

Chart or Kit?: Mini Kit

Distributed as a kit by Plaid Bucilla.

Kit Contains: 3 in x 3 in frame, 100% cotton white Aida cloth, floss, needle, chart

Finished Size: 2 1/16 inches by 2 9/16 inches

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Progress Report: Home Sweet Home Code, Start To Finish

Progress Report: Home Sweet Home Code

Today’s Progress Report is a project based on CSS coding that I bought on Etsy! My boyfriend studied Computer Science in college. When I saw this chart I had to get it to stitch it for him. A cool variation of the usual Home Sweet Home saying written in code was right up our alley!

The chart is called Home Sweet Home in CSS by Happy Stitch Net. You can get the chart for yourself here: Home Sweet Home in CSS.

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Friday Finishes #39: Mothers Are Special (Take Two)

Mothers Are Special

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is my second time around with this particular mini kit. I bought the kit a second time to make as a Christmas present for my mom!

Name of Piece: #021-1389 Mothers Are Special

Designed by: Kooler Design Studio

Chart or Kit?: Mini Kit

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn under their “Designs For the Needle” series

Kit Contains: 18-count cotton Aida fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, needle, graph, instructions

Finished Size: 2.5 inches round

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Progress Report: Tractor By Janlynn, Start To Finish

Progress Report: Tractor By Janlynn

Today’s Progress Report is something different from my normal projects. I wanted to find a piece more masculine to be able to give my step father for Christmas. I went through my mini kits and found this piece by Janlynn of a tractor I thought he would like. And it turned out to be a fast, simple stitch. It turned out great!

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Friday Finishes #38: Owl By Janlynn

Owl By Janlynn

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is a mini kit I stitched for my sister for Christmas. This one has the unique honor of being the first to have the colors bleed on me in a very long time!

Name of Piece: #021-1484 Owl

Designed by: No designer listed!

Chart or Kit?: Mini Kit

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn under their “Counted Cross Stitch” series.

Kit Contains: 18-ct cotton Aida fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, needle, graph, instructions

Finished Size: 2.5 inches round

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Progress Report: Rock The ‘Stache, Start To Finish

Progress Report: Rock The ‘Stache

Today’s Progress Report is yet another cross stitch piece I made for Christmas. It’s one of many mini kits from Bucilla I call Rock The ‘Stache, and the pattern is one I adore! I found it cute but also covered a gift idea for one of the men in my life. That can be a rare thing with cross stitch pieces for some reason! The fact it was a mini kit was an added bonus.

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Friday Finishes #37: Push Button Get Bacon

Push Button Get Bacon

Today’s Finish!

Today’s Friday Finish is a fun piece I stitched for my boyfriend for Christmas. I charted this one myself!

Name of Piece: Push Button, Get Bacon

Designed by: I charted this myself!

Chart or Kit?: Chart

The chart based on this image: Push Button Receive Bacon

Finished Size: 3.75 inch by 3.25 inch, stitched on 18 ct aida fabric

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