There really is no excuse for this one other than the relentless pursuit of the truth and artful ways to record it. And why not present an informal tutorial also?
Use this technique if you want to cross stitch on fabrics other than linen and aida. I’m stitching on a vintage cotton pillowcase. If you’re using stretchy fabric like a t-shirt, then you’ll want to apply some interfacing on the back to stabilize.
Get yourself some waste canvas, chart a cross-stitch design (just use some graph paper and your imagination), and figure out the size of your design based on the fineness of your waste canvas grid.
Cut a rectangle of waste canvas an inch bigger than the design space in all directions. Then carefully baste it onto your base fabric using a sharp sewing needle. Definitely baste through the center in both directions and then around the perimeter.
Begin stitching your design from the center, stitching “over two.” Use a sharp embroidery needle instead of the usual blunt cross-stitch needle. You are stitching through a finer weave than linen/aida and you need the sharp end in order to penetrate easily.
Keep stitching. Make sure that all your stitches are going all the way through to the back of the base fabric.
Remove the basting.
Then carefully trim the waste canvas up close to the stitchery and begin to un-weave. Just move along one thread at a time, slowly and gently pulling each one.
Press from the back on top of a fluffy towel. Then admire your work.
Lay your face down right there on the pillow. Breathe deeply. And sleep with confidence.