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A half cross stitch is normally used to attach them, and you should stitch in same direction as lower half of cross stitch. Some designs suggest that a full cross stitch is used. The difference is way that beads will lay. With a half stitch bead will sit on a slant, while with a full cross stitch hole through bead will lie up and down or sideways depending on which way you place it. Whichever you choose though, make sure you sew them all same way. Many times instructions will tell you best way to do it for your pattern. Either way, bead should be on its side though, not lay flat.
The packets that beads come in are small and do not close easily, so in order to make sure you donít lose any, find a suitable household container, with a lid, into which you can easily dip your needle and pick up a bead. Children and animals are a great danger to safety of your beads, and beads can be a danger to them, so keep them far away from each other. A final word of caution, NEVER iron beadwork. The beads will probably break, or could melt and ruin all your hard work.
Katrina Renouf is the founder and owner of the cross stitch website www.matkailuxstitch.com