How do you protect cross stitch?

If you want, you can protect your fabric edges with a zigzag stitch or a small amount of Fray Check. You can also use painters tape to seal the edges of your fabric. This will help prevent your edges from getting banged up and fraying while you work on your project.

Should cross stitch be framed with glass?

I highly recommend glass as it will prevent incidental dust and oils from getting on the piece. You just spent hours making it – protect it! The glass (if you get UV glass), can prevent the piece from fading, which is very important as the dyes used may not all fade at the same rates.

What to do after you finish a cross stitch?

We’ll start off with some of the more obvious, and then explore the more interesting.

  1. Frame It. Yeh, that’s right; frame it. …
  2. Sell It. Let me answer a question that might have just had; people buy completed cross stitch. …
  3. Store It. …
  4. Make a Quilt. …
  5. Make a Cushion Cover. …
  6. Make a Pencil Case/Sewing Case. …
  7. Make Pins/Needle Minders.

How do you seal the back of a cross stitch?

Adding the backing

  1. Carefully pull the fabric taut so that it’s centred and wrinkle free. Tighten the hoop. …
  2. Cut a long piece of strong thread and knot the end. Sew around the edge, through both layers, using a basting stitch. …
  3. Use an overcasting stitch to stitch the felt backing on. Finish with a knot.
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How do I keep my Aida from unraveling?

7 Ways To Stop Your Cross Stitch Fraying

  1. Blanket Stitching Aida to Stop Fraying (Source: wikihow)
  2. Sealing Evenweave Fabric Edges with Fray Check (Source:
  3. Masking Tape aida edges to stop fraying (Source: youtube)
  4. 14 Count Aida and 28 Count Evenweave (source:

Should you wash your cross stitch before framing?

When you stitch, the natural oils on your hands transfer to the fabric. That’s why it is important to wash your cross stitch and hand embroidery projects before framing, even if the piece looks clean. Oils that you can’t immediately see can become stains over time.

Should cross stitch be matted?

This window mat is often the thing people forget, however its purpose is to keep the work away from the glass. In most cases, this isn’t too important, but when it comes to cross stitch, where the stitches extend beyond the aida, it’s super important. Without it, the stitches get squashed against the frame.