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May 30, 2008
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CrossStitchRailroadingTutorial by crafty-manx CrossStitchRailroadingTutorial by crafty-manx
Cross Stitch Railroading Tutorial

I've written this tutorial as an aid to cross stitchers who want to know about the railroading technique: what it is and how it's done. This is the method I use when stitching; with practice, it becomes a very automatic motion. Railroading is a good habit to get into to keep your stitches looking their best.

For anyone who is curious, the piece in the bottom close-up is Magnificent Seven: [link]

This is a tutorial was originally written several years ago, and appears in the archives of the LiveJournal cross stitch community: [link] Though under a different user name and on a different site, both tutorials are my own work, written and photographed by me. I am not plagiarizing myself.

5/31/2008: Uploaded a new version, with many thanks to ~Zeffyface who caught my spelling errors. Aside from spelling, text remains unchanged.

6/11/2008: Uploaded yet another new version. Text is unchanged; I just fixed the formatting to make it look nicer.
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i'm still a beginner so this is far beyond my ability (at the moment :D )

But I am greatful to have come across this tutorial you have made. I didn't know that you couls actually do this, and have such a beautiful finish to the later piece.

Your tutorial is well lain out and consice in details. Thank you! I can't wait to try this later!
What a great tutorial. I am a complete novice so I am in dire need of help with everything. :D Thanks.
I'm glad you found it helpful! Feel free to drop a question here if anything about it confuses you. :D
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
taeliac Jun 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! I never, ever realized that you could possibly shade (like crosshatching!) with cross-stitch :love:
Yup! You can also blend in a metallic for a little shine. I'll be posting a project soon in which I blended two blues to make the figure look like she's wearing blue jeans; it makes a great example.
Mattsma Jun 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like how you showed the difference, THAT really does make a difference and by your trial and error we all get to benefit from it :D THANK YOU! :hug:
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