END A THREAD for Hand Embroidery | How to Do Cross Stitch Flosstube


In this video, you’ll learn how to end a
thread. Hey there, this is Sarah with Notorious Needle, bringing you radical cross stitch design. By the end of this video, you’ll know how to end a thread for cross stitch and other forms of embroidery. Let’s get right into it. As
you can see, I have stitched a bit of my project here, and I am at the end of my
floss. I’m using four threads at a time because this is 11 count cloth and it – the fabric squares are quite large. So I’m using 4 threads for full coverage. So there are a couple of ways you can end a thread. And you can do it however you
like, but I don’t recommend knots for a couple of reasons. When you knot on the
back of your project, depending on how you’re going to end it – now if you’re
gonna end it in an embroidery hoop, it doesn’t matter. You can just not this little guy and move on. However, when you are stitching a project that’s going to be framed or a project that folks are gonna see the
back of it – like a bookmark – you want it to look a little neater. And when you –
when you knot it and frame a project that has knots on the back, the knots
can not only show through to the front, but they can like pucker and leave
little bumps on the front of your project. And then for something like a
bookmark, when you can see the back you don’t want knots sticking out or whatever.
But you can stitch a temporary knot, called an Away Knot. And this is also a
method you can use to start a thread. Let’s say I bring this through, and I
know in my pattern the next row of stitches is going to be right above the
row that I’ve stitched. So if I pull this through, I just drag it right on up over
to this area here, I can tie a knot there. And then when I do the next row of
stitches here, I cover the thread in the back. See this is – this is the thread
right here, and allow me to demonstrate. Tie this little knot here actually I
probably don’t even have to tie a knot. Alright, so I’m going to continue this
project here. I’m going to flip it over for loop start. But before I do that, I
want to make sure that I’m going to cover this thread right here. So when I
do the loop start that thread is covered. Now I can continue my stitches. And you can just hold that down here
make sure that it’s out of the way. So now that thread is secure. The last
stitches went over the little tail of the thread that I have pulled up through
to the front of the project. So now that that’s secure, I can just cut that right
off. All right I, don’t know if you can hear that but the air conditioning just
kicked on. So I’m just gonna cut this really close. There. And that thread is now secure. I’ve
stitched more of this little emoji project – this little poop emoji project
and as you can see I’ve come to the end of another thread. So the other method of
ending a thread I’m going to show you is how to bury the thread. All you do is
you take the needle and you go under your stitches. I recommend going under at least three stitches to make sure that the stitches don’t fall out. (um) And it
doesn’t matter what direction you go. You can go a horizontal, you can go diagonal, you can go vertical if your stitches are going that way. I like to go horizontal,
that’s just my style. You don’t have to do it that way. So – but this is how you
would do it. You just put the needle under each thread, one thread at a time
and then you pull it through. Actually, let me do my other hand so you can see it better. And then you just cut off the extra. That’s it! And that thread is now secure. If you have any trouble with that – let’s
say you can’t get the needle under the stitches. Usually that means one of two
things: either your tension is too tight. And that just means that you’re
pulling too tight when you’re stitching and that’s easy to fix. You can – before
you end your thread, you can take your needle and you can loosen the stitches
while it’s still connected. So before you cut the thread, the thread would still be
connected here and you could go through and you could loosen up the last couple
of stitches and then flip it over and swipe that needle right under those
stitches. Another problem you might be having if you can’t fit the needle under
the back of the stitches, you might be using the wrong size needle. What I’m
using for this project today is a size 24 tapestry needle and this is good – 24
and 22 tapestry needles are good for larger stitches. So this is 11 count
aida cloth, which is larger than what you would normally use. The standard is 14
count and that means that would be 14 fabric squares per inch. And you could
use a smaller needle and just rethread that smaller needle and then try again
and pull it through under the stitches. And those are the most two common
problems you’ll have ending your thread. If you want to learn more about cross
stitch, like how I started my thread, you’ll want to check out the videos in
the Beginners – Cross Stitch for Beginners playlist. And if you’d like a free copy
of this poop emoji pattern, I’m going to continue in future videos and you’ll see
it finished, that’s also available
in the description below. Stitch On!