Knotless Loop Start

Looped start

Starting this way can be very useful with stranded cotton (floss), but only works if you are intending to stitch with an even number of threads, i.e. 2, 4, or 6.

1 Cut the stranded cotton roughly twice the length you would normally need and separate one strand. Double this strand and then thread your needle with the two ends.

2 Pierce your fabric from the wrong side where you intend to place your first stitch, leaving the looped end at the back of the work. Return your needle to the wrong side after forming a half cross stitch and pass the needle through the waiting loop. The stitch is now anchored and you may begin to stitch.

Away Waste Knot Start

Ever wondered what this could mean and why you would use it?

Find out how to do an Away Waste Knot Start