The actual stitching done on stamped cross stitch is the same as counted cross stitch. The difference lies in how the pattern is transferred to the material. In stamped cross stitch, the stitches are marked on the pattern itself. In counted cross stitch, the stitcher starts out with a blank piece of material and a pattern that is on a piece of paper.
Counted Cross Stitching
To transfer a pattern to the material in counted cross stitching, the stitcher must count the number of stitches. Find the center of the pattern by counting all of the vertical weaves, then dividing by two. On your material, count over from the edge with the number you get from this division. Use a pencil or temporary ink to mark that weave on your material. Do the same thing horizontally. Use a ruler to line up the mark from the vertical center to find the right row to count horizontally. Count from one side to the other, then divide by two and mark the horizontal center.
Count the number of stitches in the pattern at the highest and lowest vertical point. Divide that number in two. Starting at the mark in the center of the material, count up with the result of this equation and make a mark. Count down from the center mark, using the number from the equation, and make another mark. The top mark will be the first row of the pattern. The bottom mark will be the last row of the pattern.
Count the horizontal stitches on the pattern, then divide by two. Starting with the mark in the center of the pattern, count left to the number you got from this equation. Make a mark on the weave. Starting in the center again, count that same number going to the right. The first mark is the first column of the pattern and the last mark is the last column of the pattern.
Starting with the top row, count the number of stitches in that row. Divide by two. Count over from the top mark for the first row. This is where you will start stitching.
Stamped Cross Stitching
Stamped cross stitch kits have the counting already done for you. Simply start with the correct color at the marked design and work the stitches from left to right. Some people work the stitches from right to left, but it will change the way the design looks.
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