Five Basic Stitches Used in Cross Stitch Embroidery: Step one
- Thread the needle with two strands of the floss cut to a
length of about 12 inches. To begin the stitch, start with
the needle behind the fabric. Bring the needle and floss up
through a hole in one of the squares in the Aida fabric near
the center of the piece of fabric. This hole is represented
by 1 on the diagram.
- Insert the needle in the hole that lies diagonally from
hole one as indicated by 2 on the diagram.
- Bring the needle back up through hole 3 - directly under
- Complete the cross stitch by inserting the needle at 4.
- Flip to the back of the fabric. Secure the "tail" of the
floss by pulling it under the thread.
- Practice stitching cross stitches until you feel
comfortable with the stitch.
- Try stitching with a hoop.
- The floss should lay flat against the Aida fabric. As
you practice, you will find the right amount of tension to
place on the floss.
What You Need:
- Short length of floss
- Tapestry Needle
- Hoop (optional)