You can find a lot of help, tutorials,guides about cross stitching from the internet... but here's how I do my cross stitching :)
- Barbara M. favorited How To Cross Stitch 29 Jul 03:55
- Anette R. favorited How To Cross Stitch 17 Apr 11:33
- WerewolfCas favorited How To Cross Stitch 29 Mar 09:45
- Lora G. added How To Cross Stitch to rug 08 Mar 19:06
- Lora G. favorited How To Cross Stitch 08 Mar 19:05
- Alissa B. favorited How To Cross Stitch 04 Mar 20:53
- Chudames favorited How To Cross Stitch 03 Mar 18:12
- Muhaiminah Faiz published her project How To Cross Stitch 03 Mar 07:34
Fabric: If you are a beginner in cross stitching then aida fabric would be the best, though there are other kinds of cross stitching fabrics. Aida fabric is different than the other fabrics as the holes between fabric threads are easily visible and the number of holes in per inch is known as count in cross stitching. The fabric I used is 14 count and evenweave. For cross stitching some prefer to count the holes while some count the number of fabric threads, it works both ways.
First you'll have to select a design, if you're a beginner start with a simple and easy pattern for cross stitching. Count the number of stitches on the pattern and cut out the fabric by keeping 10-12 extra counts on all sides. Select a starting point on the fabric (it's always better to start from the center of any design) and draw the needle (along with the thread) from the bottom of the fabric pulling it upwards. Keep an inch extra on the other (wrong) side and hold the extra thread with one hand (or finger) while doing the first cross stitch (see the picture of this step). You can let go the extra thread after the first cross stitch is done.
Now, you can either count the holes or the fabric threads for cross stitching, I usually count the fabric threads. But to make it easier to understand I've tried to explain both ways. Counting fabric thread: Notice that between every 2 circles there are 2 fabric threads. I usually count the fabric threads while cross stitching.
Counting holes: Notice that I've marked the picture of this step with 4 circles of 4 different colors- yellow, red, blue and green, consider these circles as holes (counts) of the fabric. Draw the needle through the yellow circle from the bottom side of the fabric and insert it through the green circle (diagonally).