We would argue that crossing stitches in different directions isn't a complete sin, but if you like things looking flawless and professional, make sure you go in the same direction. The top leg can go anywhere, but the corresponding stitches all need to follow suit for a perfect finish.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 96 x 92 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 6.9 x 6.6 inches or 174 x 167 mm
Suggested Material Size: 12.8 x 12.5 inches or 324 x 317 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Most designs supposed to be done using two strands of embroidery floss. But the floss is usually sold in six strand packaging.
So before threading your needle, you should separate all the 6 strands.
To do it just cut somewhat about 15”-18” (35 - 45 cm) of the thread. Hold it near the top with one hand allowing the bottom to untwist. Now pull each ply upward with the other hand. Carefully - one at a time.
Combine the necessary number of strands (typically two) and save the remaining for the next usage.
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