THE ES­SEN­TIAL KIT YOU’ LL NEED TO START STITCH­ING

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NEE­DLES

For ba­sic stitch­ing you’ll need a ta­pes­try nee­dle that has a blunt tip and large eye. Use a size 24 nee­dle for most aidas, and a size 26 for even weaves and linens. Use a sharp em­broi­dery nee­dle for finer de­tails such as back­stitch and French knots.

EM­BROI­DERY SCIS­SORS

Em­broi­dery scis­sors are an ab­so­lute must-have. Keep yours sharp by only us­ing them to cut threads.

STRANDED COT­TON

Em­broi­dery thread is also called stranded cot­ton. Each thread length is made up of six strands of cot­ton twisted to­gether. The chart key will tell you how many strands you’ll need to stitch with.

HOOPS AND FRAMES

Though not ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial, we do rec­om­mend us­ing an em­broi­dery hoop or frame to keep an even stitch­ing ten­sion.

FABRICS

Aida is an ideal choice for cross stitch be­gin­ners. 14 count is the most com­mon, al­though it’s avail­able in a huge va­ri­ety of colours and counts. Each cross stitch is worked over a sin­gle aida block, mak­ing count­ing and keep­ing your place a cinch.

Even­weave is much sim­pler to work with than you might think. Start with a 25 or 28 count even­weave, such as Zweigart Lu­gana. Once you’re con­fi­dent, try your hand at a linen ver­sion.

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