The best way to do cross stitch is to do the first half of each stitch in a row done first then go back and finish the next half. This way you get all the stitches slanting in the same direction. It is very important that the slant is in the same direction for the top thread and the bottom thread of the cross stitch for all the stitches.
But there are expert cross stitchers who do individual cross stitches ( titching the full cross stitch as you go) and do a very good job of it. So each to his/ her own.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 170 x 50 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 12.1 x 3.6 inches or 308 x 91 mm
Suggested Material Size: 18 x 9.5 inches or 458 x 241 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Many stitchers prefere to use an embroidery hoop or a scrollbar stretcher. Nonetheless, it's still many times the fabric, which is usually made of cotton, eventualy becomes rumpled or wrinkled during the stitching process. Properly ironing the fabric before framing is a quick, easy way of eliminating wrinkles and leaving your cross stitch project looking its best.
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