For almost invisible cross stitch on Tunisian grounds:
On the front side, there is a chain that is horizontal (between the
vertical bars). On the reverse side, a loopy surface. You go between
these surfaces, only picking up the horizontal "chain". Use a tapestry
Don't go straight up and down the holes next to the vertical bars.
You'll get the usual stitches that show on the backside.
It's hard to explain - but if you have a piece in front of you, and a
needle/thread in hand, you can experiment a bit and then see what I'm
This *does* create a problem in that - if you pull your thread too
tightly - your cross stitches won't meet the next row of stitches. So
you must stitch a little more loosely.
Most persons who cross stitch on these grounds have pretty sorry backs
the first time they do a project. Mine included <grin>. But then I
caught on to the directions (which were not any clearer than what I just
said to you even though graphics accompanied them). If messy backs
become a problem - just line the darn thing. But if you play around a
bit (perhaps on a 15-stitch by 10 row sample piece), you'll soon see
exactly how this works.
With complicated patterns and lots of thread colors, it's still not easy
to have perfectly neat backs. But using this method, they will be so
neat you won't feel the need to back them.
> well how do you do it, I am making my brother a throw and having to do cross
> stitch on it, and would really like to know how.