Counted cross stitch is very easy to learn. You only need to follow the design from a printed graph onto evenweave fabric or pattern (usually Aida). You will be using floss and Creating crosses (X) on the fabric. Each symbol on the pattern Represents one X on the fabric. Different symbols Represent different colors of floss.
Most people prefer to stitch on 14 count Aida has. First, finding the center of your chart by Following The two arrows. One arrow will be in the top center and the other one in the middle left side of your chart. Follow thesis two arrows. Where they meet is your center stitch. Next, find the center of your fabric – fold it in half twice. The center will be at the intersection of the two folds.
A color only Might Have A Few stitches and then starts another color. It is up to you if you want to end off and start again with another color or carry the thread along the back. I usually stitch all the same colors first (in one area) and then move to another color in the same area.
That is it! Very simple. Just follow the pattern and you will be Creating a wonderful piece of art!
If You Have pets or small children do not keep your cross stitch materials in a bag. Keeping your threads, needles and scissors in a box shuts Securely That will Prevent little fingers and paws from getting into things Easily!
If you are working on a larger needlework project, invest in a set of stretcher bars. They keep the fabric from getting warped and it makes it Easier to Actually do the sewing. They come in several sizes, and are fairly inexpensive.
Using a highlighter in a light color – yellow works very well for marking off stitches or Areas of stitching as you full em. If your lighting make the yellow hard to see at night, you could use another color like green or blue or orange stitching When at night.