Proper cross stitch techniques are easy to learn, even if you are new to cross-stitch and needlework in general. Try this simple and handy tip if you often have trouble holding the needle threaded, or the thread falls out of your needle. This issue usually happens when you are using a tiny thread ply, maybe one Anchor or DMC strand. Refer to the diagram as you attempt this tip.

STEP 1: Take the end of the thread and fold the thread in half, around 2 inches. This will provide you with a full thread length and a tail of 3 inches.

Cross stitch techniques for needles step 1

STEP 2: Take and put the folded tip (A) through the eye of the needle.

Cross stitch techniques for needles step 2

STEP 3: Pull the tip (B) to wrap the needle around the end.

Cross stitch techniques for needles step 3

STEP 4 (LAST!): Pull the ends of the thread (C) now until taut on the needle.

Cross stitch techniques for needles step 4

You can now sew the thread and not lose it.

This tip can be achieved only with a thin thread of ply. If the ply was too soft, the knot at the needle-eye would be too soft to fit through the cloth.

Other needle-related cross stitch techniques

  • Many types of hand-stitching, and particularly cross stitching, can utilize blunt needles. This is beneficial especially for children and younger people who are just starting to learn needlework.
  • Depending on the thickness of your threads, you may need different needle sizes. Therefore, make sure that you have a few different sizes of needle eyes to accommodate the threads that you use. Check out our article on the types of embroidery and cross stitch needles for detailed explanation.
  • This may sound obvious, but in case you are in doubt: yes, you can definitely reuse your needles on different types of embroidery projects. Not just cross stitch!

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