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 Cream
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 98 x 65 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 7 x 4.6 inches or 178 x 118 mm
Suggested Material Size: 12.9 x 10.5 inches or 328 x 268 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
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.
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