Learn Cross Stitch

You can learn cross stitch and make lovely pictures with a needle and thread. It is actually as simple as counting the tiny squares on Aida cloth and stitching from corner to corner diagonally by making Xs in each square.

Cross stitch Bible bookmark being made by me using pattern shown in photo.Cross stitch Bible bookmark being made by me using pattern shown in photo.

Learn Cross Stitch:  Making Your First X

Most stitches will be made using two strands of embroidery floss. Cut about a 12 inch length of embroidery floss and you will see that there are six strands twisted together. Untwist two pieces of floss, thread a needle, and enter your needle from behind into the bottom left corner of a square.

Bring your needle up and back down the top right hand corner of the same square, while holding a one inch length of the end of the floss on the back side. Tuck this end of the floss into the next stitch as it is being made so the floss is held and won't come through.

Then insert the needle through the bottom right of the same square from behind and then insert the needle through the top left corner of the square so the needle is again on the back side of the Aida cloth. You have just made your first X.

Outlining And Making Letters

For outlining and making numbers and letters, you would normally use just one strand of embroidery floss. Make sure to outline once your design is complete if outlining is part of your pattern.

Aida Cloth

Aida cloth comes in several sizes with size 14 (14 squares to an inch) being the most commonly used. You can also find 11, 16, 18, and 28. 28 is very difficult to use because the squares are so tiny.

I learned cross stitch by purchasing a small kit from Walmart back in 1992. Kits come with a piece of Aida cloth, embroidery thread, a needle, and the pattern.

You can also buy a book of patterns and get Aida cloth, an embroidery needle and embroidery thread and choose a pattern to make. Start with something simple and work your way up to bigger pieces. I find cross stitching to be a wonderful hobby. You do need to be in a well-lit room because you have to count tiny squares. Give it a try!


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Cross stitch is my favorite hobbies. Here I am making a Bible bookmark.
This is a craft and/or gardening apron that I sewed. It has both shallow and deep pockets.
I sewed this throw together with cotton print and pink flannel. It is perfect for those chilly evenings when you want to snuggle up and read a good book.
This is a small pumpkin bag I made for a small child to use for trick or treating or to carry small toys or crayons and papers in.
I made some burp cloths with cotton print and terry cloth. They are absorbent and pretty.
This photo shows some of my receiving blankets, bags, and crocheted afghans at an outdoor craft fair.
Some scarves I crocheted at an outdoor craft fair.
Polymer clay layer cakes with caulk frosting. The cakes are scented with vanilla oil.
Broken egg in shell polymer clay pendant. Eggshell and yolk are made with polymer clay. The egg white is made with liquid polymer clay.
Miniature polymer clay pumpkins I made for fall.
Miniature iced coffee drinks and popsicles that I made from polymer clay. These were made into fun necklaces for summer.
Earring display at a craft fair. The tablecloth I use at all craft fairs can be seen under the earrings.
Me at an outdoor craft fair in 2016.