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