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Cross Stitch is one of the easiest stitches to learn. Cross-stitch is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery worked on a gridded fabric where each stitch is a little “X”. Those X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern with different colors can build up amazingly detailed scenes, or create small motifs with the lovely texture and sheen of embroidery. Because every cross stitch is composed of just two tiny stitches, it’s quick and easy to master the basics, which is why cross stitch for beginners is easy to pick up and progress with quickly.
Step 1: Read Cross Stitch Chart: Cross stitch chart(combination of colors and symbols) tells you where to stitch and what color to use. Step 2: Thread Your Needle: Thread your needle just as for hand sewing. Don’t make a knot in the tail end. Step 3: Start Threading from Back: Starting from the back side of the fabric, bring your needle up through a hole toward the front. Step 4: Thread Diagonally: Pass your needle through a hole diagonally across from the start to make a slanted half cross stitch (/). Step 5: Make Series of Half Cross Stitches: Continue stitching along the row to make series of half cross stitches (////). Next return across the row in other direction (\\\\). Step 6: Ending: Until reaching the end of the thread or running out of stitches, pass the needle from back under at least 3 completed stitches to secure the thread.
Cross stitch is generally worked in rows going from left to right and start from middle part.Start with a large block of color instead of part of the pattern that changes color frequently.Don’t pull stitches so tight that they warp the fabric or leave them so loose that they gap. Don’t make long jumps from back with the thread. When moving to a far new area, end your thread and start again.When thread tends to get twisted, let your needle and thread hang freely to let it unwind. Have fun! Cross stitch is a relaxing and rewarding craft. Don’t stress too much about the details and enjoy the process!