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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?

All of the cross stich projects I've done did not fill in the background with a solid color. This is typical in embroidery -- the design itself is stitched in, and the base fabric is used as the ...
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Glue for sides of cross stitch work

You could try fray check. These glues tend to be thinner, which would give you a less noticeable and stiff edge. They are usually clear, but may yellow over time. If that isn't strong enough, you ...
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How to start/end a cluster of 5 cross-stitches in 2/3 colors, that's not adjacent to any other part of the pattern?

Ugh, confetti stitches are the worst! Especially when it's not a full coverage piece like you're describing. But you have options :) The easiest starting option with an even number of threads is a &...
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Glue for sides of cross stitch work

For my cross stitch work, I machine stitch the edges all around with a zigzag (preferably a three-step). If by hand, I use a scaled down version of a blanket stitch. For something that will be washed, ...
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How much thread do I need when cross-stitching a pattern?

From my knitting experience, the empirical way to find out would be a swatch - make N stitches, then rip it out. Measure how much thread you used and divide by N to get a rough estimate of thread per ...
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How to frame a cross-stitch?

I don't recommend leaving your cross stitched projects sandwiched between glass. This compresses/flattens the stitches which can make them look odd. Taking the piece to a reputable framing shop is ...
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How can I seal cross-stitched keychains?

If you are willing to experiment on my behalf my suggestion would be to use 2 part epoxy resin. It is self leveling, and dries hard, clear, and smooth (if done well). Most people use resin for ...
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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?

I'm not a cross-stitcher, my sister is, but the thing that would make me hesitate to not fill in the white is really tied to appearance in two ways: The thread rises above the surface of the canvas ...
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Is a parking method a good strategy to cross stitch a pattern with many single points?

For the pattern you posted, I would look at which stitches are rather close together, and 'hop' from island to island, taking a route so that the thread at the back doesn't form loops that are too ...
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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?

It depends on the quality of the white in the picture and the white of the canvas. If the white in the picture is meant to be true white, like snow or the glint in an eye, it is worth to stitch it ...
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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?

Allowing the underlying material to remain exposed is largely a matter of preference. Generally, a low count Aida, will look unfinished if not completely cross-stitched, whereas, a high count Aida, ...
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Glue for sides of cross stitch work

You could also try using fusible hemming tape or fusible interfacing. You could then prepare the edges either by laying the hemming tape about 1/2" from the edges of your cross stitch fabric, and then ...
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How much thread do I need when cross-stitching a pattern?

An alternative to making swatches but still getting measurements from embroidery you have done, work with pre-cut lengths and count what you have done with a given number of lengths. This will work ...
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Is a parking method a good strategy to cross stitch a pattern with many single points?

When starting out I would try to get some of the bigger areas, so you have a bit of a body to anchor the rest of the work in. Like the red diagonal markers which are at the top third of your picture. ...
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How to frame a cross-stitch?

If you take it to a frame shop, they'll basically do what Catija has posted. However, there are two things I would like to add. The first being that it's not a good idea to just tack it to the board,...
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