What you will need:
- Aida fabric
- Embroidery thread
I mainly use 14 count aida fabric. There are a few counts, it basically means how far apart the holes are. I think 14 count is standard/most common.
Step 1: Splitting the thread. Most embroidery threads come in 6 strands. For this size aida fabric you only need two strands. So cut a length (about 30cm) and take off two strands.
Step 3: In a downwards diagonal, from left to right, insert the needle from front to back.
Step 4: At this point I knot it at the back.
Step 5: If you're following a pattern insert the needle again as before.
Step 6: Keeping the back neat is not essential, but I do it to keep it nice and flat. For the next few stitches, try and catch the waste thread at the back and stitch over it.
Step 7: I tend to work in one direction and then work back to complete the cross stitch. So when you come to the end of a row, work from top right to bottom left in a diagonal. This will complete a full cross stitch!
Now then.... Following a chart.
Some find it daunting. It's really not. Sometimes they look complicated, but really they're not bad.
My cross stitch charts that I make are usually on a square graph and in colours. Each square equals one full cross stitch. Pretty easy. However, some other charts that you purchase are not this bright and easy.
A typical chart:
This is still in squares, but not coloured in. Each square contains a symbol which is an instruction for what colour to use. You would normally get a colour code/key for a chart, but here they obviously mean different shades of grey and maybe pink in the ears. I find it sometimes help to print off the chart and colour it in myself. I like colouring in!