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You can learn cross stitch and make lovely pictures with a needle and thread. It is actually as simple as counting the tiny squares on Aida cloth and stitching from corner to corner diagonally by making Xs in each square.
Cross Stitching starts in the middle of the design. Fold your cloth in half vertically and then horizontally. Mark the square in the middle of the double fold. It is your middle square. Most patterns have the middle stitch marked. Start stitching there. Most stitches will be made using two strands of embroidery floss. Cut about a 12 inch length of embroidery floss and you will see that there are six strands twisted together. Untwist two pieces of floss, thread a needle, and enter your needle from behind into the bottom left corner of a square.
Bring your needle up and back down the top right hand
corner of the same square, while holding a one inch length of the end of
the floss on the back side. Tuck this end of the floss into the next
stitch as it is being made so the floss is held and won't come through.
Then insert the needle through the bottom right of the same square from behind and then insert the needle through the top left corner of the square so the needle is again on the back side of the Aida cloth. You have just made your first X.
For outlining and making numbers and letters, you would normally use just one strand of embroidery floss. Make sure to outline once your design is complete if outlining is part of your pattern.
Following the pattern of cross stitching is easy. Just count and follow the color key.
Aida cloth comes in several sizes with size 14 (14 squares to an
inch) being the most commonly used. You can also find 11, 16, 18, and
28. 28 is very difficult to use because the squares are so tiny.
I learned cross stitch by purchasing a small kit from Walmart back in 1992. Kits come with a piece of Aida cloth, embroidery thread, a needle, and the pattern.
You can also buy a book of patterns and get Aida cloth, an embroidery needle and embroidery thread and choose a pattern to make. Start with something simple and work your way up to bigger pieces. I find cross stitching to be a wonderful hobby. You do need to be in a well-lit room because you have to count tiny squares. Give it a try!
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