Cross stitch is a fairly flexible embroidery style. There are not a lot of hard and fast rules. It is imperative, however, that all stitches face the same direction unless otherwise specified in the instructions for the project. Choose a direction for the first leg of the cross stitch and stick with it.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 159 x 220 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 11.4 x 15.7 inches or 289 x 399 mm
Suggested Material Size: 17.3 x 21.6 inches or 439 x 549 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Cross stitch is typically done using a round-end tapestry needle. The size you use depends on your fabric. If you are stitching a kit, use the needle that came with it. If not, see this article on choosing a needle for cross stitch.
Thread your needle just as you would a needle for hand sewing. Don’t make a knot in the tail end. You will stitch over the tail as you work to secure it without needing a knot. As a general rule, you want to avoid using knots when cross stitching because they can leave lumps in the final piece.
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