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Fine art masterpiece cross stitch is in a class of its own. For those of you who grimace at cutesy patterns and have searched the world over for patterns that look more realistic in nature, meaning patterns that are so realistic that they look like and become replicas of fine art, there is a venue for your preference. You will notice a marked difference in these patterns when you compare them to those that are far less detailed. The less detailed pattern will look more cartoonish, have less color changes, and need extensive back stitching to enhance the design. The more realistic cross stitch pattern is able to stand on its own paying strict attention to shading contrast nuances, and often has a tremendous variation of color with double the number of floss colors, and does not necessarily have to rely on back stitching to enhance the beauty of the pattern.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

I have come across an indispensable guide for all stitchers to use whether you are considered a master stitcher or a beginner. As an advanced stitcher, you will gain valuable inside information on the following seven topics not discussed anywhere else such as:

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).
  1. How to choose the right threads every time (get this vital decision wrong and you're unlikely to finish the project).
  2. Save time and money – don't buy any equipment until you've checked the comprehensive cross stitch tools guide.
  3. Discover what you need to consider when selecting a good magnifying lamp (there's a lot to choose from – ensure you make the right choice for yourself).
  4. How and when to choose and use hoops and frames (hint: get this wrong and you could suffer from painful wrists, arms and shoulders.).
  5. Learn three amazingly simple methods used by the professionals for starting, joining, and finishing stitches.
  6. The single biggest mistake most cross stitchers make when buying needles (are you making this one right now?).
  7. Learn little known secrets for choosing different fabric types and colors (armed with this knowledge you'll create sensational masterpieces every time!).

The book is very versatile and not only is it used for beginners, but experts in cross stitch alike. Even if you consider yourself an advanced stitcher, there are many amazing tips and helpful information you can take into consideration when approaching any project. The author of this guide is Janis Applegate who wrote a book entitled, Cross Stitch Made Easy. The book is very thorough, well-written, and there are sought-out secrets she imparts to all cross stitchers that were taken from the wisdom and careful instruction of her grandmother who was considered by many to be a master in the art of cross stitching.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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