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To stitch a three-quarter stitch, you will need:
- a pair of sharp scissors
- a small embroidery hoop
- a piece of 11-count Aida fabric large enough to overlap the hoop by a few inches
- a short length of embroidery floss (any color)
- a size 24 tapestry needle
Place the fabric in the hoop and set aside. Cut a 12-inch length of six-strand embroidery floss and separate out two strands and thread the tapestry needle. A diagram of a three-quarter stitch is shown above.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Start with a Quarter Stitch
Hold the hoop in your left hand and the needle between your right thumb and forefinger. Do not grip the needle too tightly.
Choose a square near the center of the hoop. Locate the lower left corner. Bring the threaded needle up through the hole in the corner of the square. See the picture above for guidance.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Find the Center of the Aida Square
Use the needle to find the center of the Aida square, as shown in the image above. The view is from the back of the fabric.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Complete the Quarter Stitch
When you are certain that the needle is inserted directly in the center of the square, draw the needle and floss through to the back of the fabric. Do not pull the floss all the way through. Leave an end to be secured under the back of the stitch. A completed quarter stitch is shown above.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Start a Half Stitch
Insert the needle in the lower right corner of the square of Aida. Refer to the photo above for guidance. Bring your hand from the back of the fabric to the front and pull the floss through, leaving the stitch loose.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Complete the Half Stitch
Complete the half stitch by drawing the floss across the square. Insert the needle in the upper left corner of the Aida square. Move your hand to the back of the fabric and pull the needle and floss through to the back of the fabric.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Secure the Floss
Flip to the back of the fabric and secure the floss. Drag the end of the floss under the loop formed by the stitch, just as when stitching a single cross stitch, as shown in the image above.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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The Completed Three-Quarter Stitch
Voila! Flip to the front of the fabric to view the completed stitch. Adjust the tightness as needed. The stitch should resemble the one in the photo above.