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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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dracostarhome Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
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!
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jenniferofthejungle Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
What a great tutorial. I am a complete novice so I am in dire need of help with everything. :D Thanks.
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
I'm glad you found it helpful! Feel free to drop a question here if anything about it confuses you. :D
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Awwww, thank you!!! :heart:
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! I never, ever realized that you could possibly shade (like crosshatching!) with cross-stitch :love:
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
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.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner 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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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
No problem!!
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Tishounette Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ! I'll be stitching using this technique from now on. I'd seen this technique around other places but the way you've explained it makes it easy to understand ... particularly helpful are the two examples you've used at the end ... re. Does it make a difference? Well, yes, it certainly does ! :clap:
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
I'm glad that I was able to help someone!! I myself am a very visual learner, and I love seeing step-by-step pictures...I figured I couldn't be the only one, and that led me to making these tutorials. I'm glad you found my ramblings useful. :D
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cloudrat Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a fasinating technique and admittedly I haven't of the technique. Mainly because my learning has been through a club at school and then I taught myself from there. Thank you for sharing this. :hug:
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
No problem!!
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Zeffyface Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
I was reading through this, because despite having never picked up a needle with the intention to sew (I do occasionally stab things with them) it's still really cool to know how these things are done.

I decided that stitching requires SO much forward planning that you must have brain cells ten times more powerful than mine just to hold all the information.

Also, you have a typo in the first paragraph with 'optinal' instead of 'optimal'. Don't kill me, please. I dun wanna die.

LOVE!
(Zef)
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crafty-manx Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Been sewing for over 25 years, hun. It's ingrained. Don't forget, too, that the techniques I'm presenting in the tutorials I'm writing assume a familiarity with the hobby, not a "first time I picked up a needle" point of view.

I'm honored that you read them despite not being a stitcher :wow:

Appreciate the pointing out of the typo. I'll fix it on the master and re-upload!!

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~Muse
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