INSTRUCTIONS FOR COUNTED CROSS STITCH
Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half and then in half again.
The centre of your graph is marked by arrows. Match the square on the fabric that is the centre and the square on the graph that is the centre. You may start to stitch on this square or you may count up or out to an outside square.
Do not knot the thread, secure it by holding an inch of thread behind the fabric and cross stitch over this tag until it is held in place.
Stitch the X’s of all one colour first. The stitches are made by first stitching an entire row of half of the X’s and then going back and completing the X.
After you have stitched all the cross stitches, then stitch the outlines indicated on the pattern, using the backstitch. This is done by stitching a line between the blocks of the fabric in connecting lines.
You should use two strands of the six stranded embroidery thread for the cross stitch and one strand for the backstitch, on 14-count Aida or 28 count linen.
Alternate method to cross stitching “row by row” is to complete each stitch as you go. This is sometimes called continental cross stitching.
How to complete a 3/4 cross stitch, back stitch and straight stitch and French Knot
How to cross stitch on linen
Cross stitching on linen can be a challenge- but well worth it. The look is neat and clean. Try a lower count when you first start.