Is there a right or wrong way to stitch?
Well, technically no, but there are techniques you can employ to make your stitching neater and more pleasing to the eye.
A couple weeks ago, I saw a piece on imgur and it looked hastily stitched with no regard for which way the x’s lay. Sometimes the x’s were going a different direction in the same row. some x’s were squashed and uneven. Unfortunately my eyes focused only on the x’s that went against the grain. I’m not saying that the stitcher did a bad job, it just wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as it could have been.
There are two ways that you can stitch either by making each individual x or by making the the bottom half of the x then by making the top half on the return row. When I made my Garfield cross-stitch, I didn’t care at first which way my x’s were going. Then, my eye kept going for the stitches going the other way. I realized that it looked just a little neater going the same direction.
When I stitch, I work in 10 x 10 blocks going from the darkest color to the lightest. I use the loop method (taking one strand of floss and folding it in half and threading the needle with the ends) unless I have an odd number of threads.
When I first started stitching, I stitched differently than my mom and from Nancy when she taught me how to stitch. We didn’t use the same techniques, but we had finished pieces we were proud of. I am not the stitching guru. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing and have a project that you personally are happy with, then by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you care to make your work look even and neat, then at least you’ll have a few techniques to keep in mind. 🙂