Traditionally, stitchers begin to stitch from the middle of the fabric to ensure the design is centered when finished. You may also count up from the center to the topmost left and begin stitching there.
Material Type: Aida Generic Black
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 123 x 112 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 8.8 x 8 inches or 223 x 203 mm
Suggested Material Size: 14.7 x 13.9 inches or 373 x 353 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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