Step by step cross stitch

As promised here are the step by step instructions on how to cross stitch.

I hope you find them easy enough to follow.

What you will need

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Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle (this has a bigger eye and blunt point)
Scissors
Aida (specialist fabric with a square count… The one I used for the free cupcake pattern was 14 count … This means there are 14 squares per inch. You can get as small as 28 count and as large as 4 count. )
Optional
Embroidery hoop

How to set up an embroidery hoop

Get the fabric and the hoop.

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Split the hoop by pushing out the inner circle.

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If it is a bit tight loosen the screw.

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Place the Aida over the top of the inner hoop. (Centralise it all … The image is to show the order of placing everything.) Place the outer hoop on top and gently push the outer hoop down to create tension on the fabric.

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How to thread a needle

Embroidery silks are called skeins.

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A skein consists of 6 individual threads spun together.

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When cross stitching on 14 count Aida it is best to use a piece which consists of two threads unless specified.

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I find it easiest to wrap the thread over the stem of the needle. Pull it tight. Pull the needle out whilst still holding onto the thread. Then shimmy the eye of the needle onto the thread. Do not put a knot in the end of the thread! Hold onto about an inch of excess thread on the back as this will not how through the other side.

How to create a single cross stitch

Push your needle through one of the holes where you wish to start the design. Work diagonally to the top right and push the needle down into the fabric.

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Remember to hold onto the excess thread on the back to avoid pulling it through.

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Push the needle up through the bottom right hole.

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Push the needle down through the top left hole.

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Get a giant rabbit to ‘help’ you!

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It should look like this.

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How to cross stitch a row

Repeat the first step of creating the diagonal stitch, but instead of going back on yourself to create the cross, continue creating diagonals for as long as guided on the pattern.

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When you have stitched the correct amount, go back on yourself to create a cross stitch.

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Two complete stitches.

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Following the pattern
Every block of colour on the pattern is to be stitched onto the Aida by counting. Hence the name counted cross stitch.

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Running out of thread or changing colour

When your thread starts to get too short to work with, weave the remaining thread into the back of the work.

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Then weave the new thread in.

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How to work a pattern
Complete one section of colour before moving onto another. Leave gaps where the next colour is to go.

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Re thread in the next colour and fill in the gaps.

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I like to work from top to bottom in rows. Some people like to work from the centre.

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