DIY Cross Stitching with a Pattern

Most embroidery floss is made up of six strands of thread that are twisted together. With a 14 count fabric, it’s best to split the threads in half or thirds (i.e. 3 or 2 strands) at a time. I made the mistake of not doing this when I first started this project and decided to start over. It was an absolute pain but I’m so glad I did – it looks crisper and cleaner!! To separate the strands, just divide them and pull them apart. Next, you’ll thread your needle and there’s no need to double knot the end. I’ll explain more later. Also, be sure to use a tapestry or cross stitch needle – they have blunt ends, which makes stitching a lot easier than a pointed end sewing needle.

To start, you’ll reference the pattern. I started at the upper left corner – which is where the pattern began. Here, I’ve already started the pattern so I’m using the closest flower as my next reference point. Count the grids between flowers to guide you. I always like finding the next closet grid as it helps avoid any mistakes. If you miscount, it can cause issues with the rest of the pattern so accuracy is key!! And if you accidentally miscount a grid or two, you can always make it up later on.

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