Cross Stitch, otherwise known as counted thread embroidery, consists of thread crossing over itself to form a X. Cross Stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery, and can be found all over the world. Cross Stitch can be worked on several types of fabric; the most common are Aida and linen. Most cross stitch is done by following a pattern of squares of colors and/or symbols representing different colors, with each square representing a stitch. To create a pattern, start in the center and stitch the number of squares for each color. There are several forms of cross stitch; the most common is working on a piece of fabric called Aida. Aida is a cotton fabric woven together to form squares with holes at the corners. Cross Stitch is worked by crossing one stitch over the other diagonally.
The two most important things to remember when cross stitching are:
Here is a list of steps to follow when starting a new project, either from a kit of a chart:
The following web site offers a 5 minute lesson on cross stitch and has instructions in pdf format. Yarn Tree