- Wooden Pieces
- Embroidery Thread Art.117
- A pair of scissors
Let's get started!
Choose a design and then pick a spot to begin stitching. We recommend starting from one of the edges to make counting your stitches easier.
Select a length of thread. Notice that each piece of thread is made up of six individual strands. Gently ply the thread to separate out two strands. Go slowly so the floss doesn’t get all tangled up.
Line up the ends of the two strands and fold them in half. Thread all four ends through the needle. This will create a loop at the other end of the thread. You’ll use this loop to help secure the thread when you start stitching.
Bring your needle up through a hole from the back to the front. Do not pull the thread all the way through, but leave the loop at the back. Next slip your needle through a hole diagonally across from where you started. As you do so, pass your needle through the loop of thread at the back of the piece. Tug gently to secure.
Work your way across the row, continuing to make half cross stitches.
When you reach the end of the row, or when specified by your design, return in the other direction to complete the cross stitches. Try to keep the tension on your stitches even. Don’t make them slack, but don’t pull too tight either.
When you run out of thread or need to change colours, slip the needle under three or four stitches on the back of the work to secure your thread, and then clip. Some of the designs contain layered stitches. Complete the stitches on the bottom before moving on to ones layered over the top, using pliers if needed to help pull the needle through small holes.