1. Dress your ironing board correctly.
My ironing board has a layer of thin foam, then two ironing board covers for added cushioning, since I iron lots of stitching on it. You want it cushy so that your stitches are not flatened during the ironing process.
2. Use a pressing cloth...
or if you are like me, save old muslin scraps and fold them for added cushion and protection of your stitches - this will help protect any beads/buttons that may be added to your project.
3. Lay your stitching FACE DOWN on top of your pressing cloth.
4. Iron quickly on high heat.
Steam is great to use IF you have stitched the item in colorfast thread (i.e. DMC) overdyes are not colorfast and may bleed if steam is used.
5. Flip your project over and marvel at your wonderfully pressed project without the stitches being flatened.
I am currently also adding VIDEO tutorials to my website. I have a channel on YouTube and will add video tutorials as often as I can. It is my goal to teach as many people as I can to be proficient and at ease with finishing their cross stitch. I've had great positive feedback about my new video tutorials. Thank you!
PLEASE read through the tutorial(s) several times before striking out and cutting into your stitching project. The old adage: MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE is so very important.
Practice makes perfect.
*I am gradually adding DIFFICULTY levels to all tutorials as it has been recommended to me by my readers.
Something that you can do for me: many use me for my tutorials and I see finishes all over the web that are clearly made using them. I give them FREELY for anyone to use at any time because I want to be known for generosity and helping others. However, if you come to use my tutorials, or if you have been sent here by a link to them and enjoy them, please give my name credit and visit me at my personal blog.
Don't you think that is a fair trade?
I do and that is all I ask.
I have lots of stories to tell and ideas to share. Come and visit me, leave a comment or two, it makes me happy!
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The Twisted Stitcher
P.S. I have lots of tutorials on this blog. Please, click on the link tabs below and remember to SCROLL DOWN... I update frequently enhancing them as I can ~ to help you better!