Thursday, 1 August 2013

Embroidery Digitizers and the Cross Stitch

While cross-stitching may not be considered a popular choice for creating machine embroidery designs, it is a request our embroidery digitizers come across every now and then. The most popular patterns that entail the use of the cross stitch include birds, flowers, motifs and holiday patterns. Since one of the oldest and most adored forms of embroidery, the cross stitch is now possible in machine embroidery, we would like to take you through the intricate details that an embroidery digitizer usually needs to take care of while recreating beautiful patterns.

Fabric compatibility is of utmost importance when using the cross stitch. Any experienced embroidery digitizer will opt for a cotton-polyester blend, linen or denim to recreate a cross stitch design and recommend staying away from stretchy fabrics. The advisable thread for this type of embroidery is the rayon or polyester 40 weight thread or even the cotton 30 weight thread that proves to be quite effective when used for 10 to 14 count designs.

The cross stitch is all about the counts; and a general rule of thumb is that the higher the count, the smaller the crosses. Our team of embroidery digitisers always begins by visualizing the final size of the design, so that they can establish the best count fit for your project. An embroidery digitizer usually makes his/her choices from amongst 10, 14, 16 and 18 count versions of the same artwork. While a 16 or 18 count will bring out the best in a scenery design, a 10, 14 or 16 count will infuse new life into floral, lettering and abstract patterns. And, while an 18 count is best suited for medium to heavyweight fabrics where a higher density is required to cover the background, a 10 to 14 count would be better suited for lightweight fabrics due to their low density. Also, the skillful combination and use of different counts in the same design helps achieve an interesting play on depths and perception.

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