Cross Stitch Lacing


Cross Stitch Lacing Tutorial - Part 1 - Click on the image to view the video


Hi, I'm Nikki from Cross Stitch Supplies, and today I'm going to do the first in a series of tutorials on how to lace your projects for framing.

So now we are going to talk about the preparation you need to do.

I suggest that you build up a good relationship with your framer so that they can work with you to do this. So what I've done is I've gone to my framer with my work and I've asked her to measure and to cut the perfect size of backboard for me to lace onto it. You need something firm and something with a little bit of depth so you can get your pins in properly.

You will need pins with big fat heads so we don't hurt our fingers, a pen, a nice long ruler, scissors, cotton fabric, and tapestry needles that the cotton can go through.

You need to draw a line from each corner to mark the exact centre. If you dont have ruler long enough ask your framers because they will be able to do it for you.

Now you have the exact centre.

So we're going to fold it in half one way - and we are gong to fold it in half the other way, to find our centre point. Make sure it's exact because this is going
to be our anchor point for the entire project.

The first thing we need to do is connect the centre of our project with the centre of our board which we marked with the ruler. So we are going to insert a pin through the centre of where those lines meet, like that. Make sure it goes all the way through because we don't want it to shift at all.

So we are going to take our pins and put them in the centre - you just need to eyeball, it doesn't need to be exact. Centre of each side - top and bottom. And this is why you need some depth to your board so that it actually goes in.

You may decide to use more pins depending on the size of the project, or less pins if your project is small.

Cross Stitch Lacing Tutorial - Part 2 - Click on the image to view the video


Hi, I'm Nikki from Cross Stitch Supplies.

So now that we've pinned it we can turn our work over - keep that centre pin in and try to push it all the way through.
And flip over your work. Now we're going to take our cotton and this is when we need to learn how to do a slip knot. We're going to make a loop, twist it and pull the thread through the loop. It's a knot that shifts as you pull it. You don't want it too tight otherwise you can't lock it and you don't want it too loose otherwise it will just slip out. So first we need to anchor our thread onto our fabric. We are going to pull it through like that unitl we have a little tail and then we're going to do our slip knot like that and we're going to pass our needle through the slip knot.

Now this is the most important part - we need to lock that thread in place. We're going to pull it through and there - where it pulls through the other side, it's locked. You can tighten it if you want. Now we are going to continue lacing from the bottom - leave two or three cm's space and push it through.
THe same at the bottom. Now we need to attach a piece again - make another slip knot. The end goes through there and we tighten it. Now we are going to pull the top thread on each leg - you can see I'm giving it tension but not too much that it distorts the fabric. So I pull it and them I'm holding it there and then I pull the next one and I keep doing that all the way along. Once you get a knot just wiggle it through. Now we've got the tension we want, pull that up and I'm just going to tie it off. No fancy knot or anything. Lots of knots so they don't slip out. Now we can see that it's tensioned we can go and cut off the extra bits if we want to.

Now that we've lace one whole side, we've rotated our project and we're going to fold over the top like that. Make a neat corner and we're going to lace through two layers there. Pull it through and do our slip knot. And we're going to fold over this side as well. Through two layers. And now we start again.

The last one! Trying to keep as much tension in the last one as possible. And now we can take the pins out.

Turn it over and take out the pin in the middle and there we have our finished product.