Back in the day, when I was first learning cross stitch, the “loop starting” method was quite the controversy. Like many new ideas, this one got all tangled up in misinformation and the battle between tradition and change.
One I got the hang of starting a new strand with a loop, my stitching improved 100%. No longer was I struggling to find a good place to anchor my thread or trying to hold it in place while I completed a few stitches over the ‘tail’ on the back.
This method only works when you are stitching with an even number of strands. For the purpose of this instruction, let’s use an example of stitching with two strands.
Cut a single strand twice the length you normally use. Bring the two cut ends together and thread them into the needle, just as if you were threading it with two strands.
Now, bring your needle back-to-front in the place you want to begin your stitch. Only pull about half the length through to the back.
Flip the fabric over. You will see your threaded needle and a loop.
Slip your needle through the loop and gently pull it until it is snug.
Your thread is now anchored and you can continue stitching as you usually do.
The greatest benefit to this method is that you will have half as many places where you need to anchor a strand. It keeps the back neater. And, yes, the back does matter. But I’ll leave that topic for another day!
Now, go stitch!
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