What's Cross Stitch? 
Forming a picture with lots of little x-shaped stitches.

What you need: 
  • Aida cloth
  • Embroidery cotton in red-brown, brown, black, cream and two kinds of green
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Needle

What to do: 
  1. Pick a part of the cross stitch pattern you want to start with – perhaps a row of five crosses in one colour, and pull apart a bundle of embroidery cotton; you just want one thread. Cut it to the length you want, then double it back so you have a two-strand thread. Tie a knot in it at the end. 
  2. Start from the back and poke up your needle, then push it back down again so you’ve made a tiny diagonal stitch, using the holes of the aida cloth as a guide. Repeat with a diagonal stitch the other way so you’ve got a little ‘x’. 
  3. Sometimes it’s easier, faster and neater to create a row of four or five forward leaning stitches, then go back four or five times. 
  4. Mark off your completed stitches on your printed-off pattern. 
  5. When you’ve finished a colour or section, cut the thread and tie a neat knot at the back. 

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