single cross stitch
How do I start and finish a single cross stitch, without running the floss over an empty area to start another x?
That is a great question, Kim.
Single stitches are often used in cross stitch patterns as stars in the sky or even tiny flowers scattered about. If you are stitching on a fine eveneweave or linen, taking the thread across the back is not advisable as it can show through the fabric, when the piece is framed.
There are a number of ways to tackle this situation and my favourite is as below.
If the work is to be stitched in two strands then I will actually thread the needle with a single strand. Start the stitch by leaving a loose tail on the back of the work. I complete the first half of the cross by stitching it twice (to give the two strand appearance) then I work the top leg of the stitch in the opposite direction.
When the stitches for this cross are complete I use a tiny knot to tie the beginning and ending threads together at the back of the work. As you are working with a single strand the knot will be tiny and won't create a bump. You may even wish to make two knots to ensure that stitch does not come undone.
Then I cut the thread and move across to the next single stitch and repeat.
I hope this helps.