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Cross-stitch is one of the oldest types of needlework, which originated in primitive times, when crossed stitches were used to sew clothing details from animal skins.

Its popularity has not only been preserved for centuries, but has also turned embroidery into a real art accessible to everyone. You do not need to be a great artist to embroider, for example, the Ox - the patron saint of 2023. In this article, you can beautiful diagrams and all the information about the sequence of work.


  • a little about the symbol of the year;
  • what can be decorated with embroidery;
  • tools and materials;
  • how to transfer the scheme;
  • work sequence;
  • how to care for embroidery;
  • set of beautiful schemes;

The bull is a symbol of the coming 2023

The patron saint of the new 2023 year according to the Eastern calendar will be the White Metal Ox. This is a noble, strong-willed, decisive and wise animal. The Ox will bring confidence and peace in relationships and finances in the new year. He will patronize honest, responsible and hardworking people.

You can’t call cross-stitch lovers lazy, because how much patience and diligence is needed to from individualcrosses to collect a picture. So maybe by the time the Ox comes into its own, it’s worth trying to embroider the symbol of the year in order to enlist its support or just have a nice and useful time.

What can be embroidered?

Before proceeding directly to work, it will be right to decide where the cross-stitched Ox will be used. Consider the options, and be sure some of them will surprise you:

  • Bull embroidery as a picture - the finished work can be taken to the framing workshop, where the master will frame it so that the picture can be hung on the wall;
  • cushion decoration - plus size embroidery can be used to decorate pillowcases or cushion covers;
  • kitchen textiles - embroidery can be done on a kitchen apron, tablecloth and napkins, bottle case, towels, potholders and more;
  • Christmas decor - an embroidered Ox can be placed on a boot or a gift bag or made into a Christmas tree toy;
  • accessories - cross stitch can decorate glasses case, passport or diary cover, belt, mobile phone case;
  • bags - a simple shopping shopper will become an original thing if an embroidered bull appears on it, small schemes are suitable for decorating a cosmetic bag, clutch or a children's handbag;
  • clock - an old wall clock can be updated with a new dial embroidered for it, on which you can place the symbol of the new 2023.

Do not forget that in the use of embroidery it is importantshow a sense of proportion, because an embroidered picture over a sofa with embroidered pillows, in front of which there is a coffee table with an embroidered napkin, will be too much.

Materials and tools

Experienced craftswomen know what tools and materials they will need to work, and beginners need help in this matter. In addition to the cross stitch pattern, the basic set for this type of needlework includes:

  1. Fabric - use a special fabric with clear cells, which is called canvas. Its main characteristic is the count, the number of blocks in a square with sides of 25 mm. Canvas comes in 14, 16, 18 and even 22 counts.
  2. Tapestry needles - they differ from ordinary ones in shorter length, wide eye and blunt end. For 14 count canvas, 24 or 26 needles are usually used.
  3. Embroidery thread, twisted into a skein of 6 threads. The most common are cotton floss. They do not shed when washed and fade less in the sun, so the product with the embroidered Ox will please with its appearance longer.
  4. Hoop - can be of different sizes and made of different materials. When choosing them, it is important to pay attention to how tightly the outer side of the frame adjoins the inner one, whether the “lock” is securely fixed, and whether the tension of the fabric can be adjusted. A larger pattern will require a larger hoop or machine.
  5. Scissors - embroiderers usually use "herons" with sharp blades that will cut even the shortest thread, but sharp nail scissors can perfectly replace them.

Additionally, you may need a thimble, a water-soluble marker for marking and wax, so that the thread treated with it is less twisted and knotted.

How to transfer the scheme to the canvas

In needlework stores, you can buy ready-made kits that include cross stitch patterns immediately printed on canvas. Work according to this scheme is called "uncountable cross", because you do not need to count each embroidered cross, you just need to follow the marking symbols on the fabric.

But the reality is that the scheme of the picture you like (for example, the Bull) is easier to find and download for free on the World Wide Web. In this case, the scheme is transferred to the canvas already in the process of embroidery. This work is called "counting cross".

To make your work easier in this case, you need to make a markup on the canvas. First, a piece of fabric is folded in half lengthwise and a line is laid along the fold with a “forward needle” seam with a contrasting thread. Repeat everything, folding the canvas across. From the received center with a marker or a contrasting thread, mark squares with sides of 10x10 crosses. This will make it easier to navigate the diagram and count the crosses.

Work sequence

No matter how complex and what size the Bull pattern is chosen, the embroidery process will include:

  1. Preparing the canvas - you need to calculate and cut off the necessary piece of fabric so that the work is neat, be sure to overcast the edges with a buttonhole.
  2. Markup -using a marker or thread in a contrasting color, mark the center of the work and divide the canvas into squares of 10 crosses on each side.
  3. Fix the thread of the desired color and get started. Large Bull embroidery is better to start from the center of the pattern. And be sure to make sure that the top stitch of the crosses is always directed in one direction.
  4. The ends of the thread are hidden on the front side under the crosses and cut off. It is important to follow the wrong side, it should not have knots or protruding ends of the floss.

Remove marking threads from the finished work, wash it, dry it and iron it.

How to take care of the finished embroidery?

If the Bull embroidery is placed under glass, then the picture only needs to be dusted from time to time, but if it is not protected by anything, then it needs other care.

Periodically, such embroidery should be washed by hand with a non-aggressive liquid detergent in warm water. Then rinse well and lay out on a horizontal surface covered with a white terry towel to drain the water.

Slightly damp work is ironed with a hot iron from the wrong side. In order for the crosses to remain the same embossed, a terry towel is placed under the fabric.

Beautiful Christmas schemes

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