Any cross stitch beginner can quickly master the basic stitches in counted cross stitch instructions. The simple x stitch forms the base of the entire design. Other stitches form accents.
Make two diagonal lines to form an X. Be consistent about which diagonal is on the bottom and which is on top. If you do one backwards, your finished work won't have a smooth finish.
You can do a whole row of bottom diagonals then come back and cross the tops. That's it! You know know how to cross stitch.
There are only a few cross stitch supplies required to get started. Aida cloth is easiest for cross stitch beginners because it's slightly stiff and has the squares clearly visible. On other evenweave fabrics and linens, cross stitches are usually worked over two threads. If the fabric is flimsy, you might need a cross stitch frame to hold it smooth as you work.
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