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Cross stitching is a way of creating beautiful patterns with only one stitch, The cross stitch. In this instructable I'll show you how to make the stitches, some tips and tricks, and show you some beginners patterns

Step 1: What You'll Need

•a needle
•sewing scissors
•thread (any color)
• cross stitch fabric

Step 2: Thread the Needle

You're thread is probably multiple strands together (my thread is six strands). You'll need to separate your thread so that you have two strands together. To put the string through the eye of the needle easily just wet the ends (stick it in your mouth to wet it), squish the two strands together and poke it through the eye of the needle. Finally fold over the string (see pictures).

Step 3: A Full Stitch

The full stitch is the simplest and most common stitch used in cross-stitching.
1.poke the needle through the back.
2.put it down through the closest hole diagonally to it.
3. Poke the needle through the back right under where you did in step one.
4. Poke it through right next to the original stitch and your stitch is down!
5.to continue making stitches start at the one right under where you just poked it and repeat steps 1-4.

Step 4: The Half Stitch

The half stitch is very simple, you just follow steps 1-2 in the full stitch
1. Poke your needle through the back.
2. Poke it through diagonally into a hole.
3. You're done!

Step 5: The Backstitch

The backstitch is best for lettering, outlines, and crisp corners.
1. Follow the pictures

Step 6: Some Patterns

Now that you've learned the three basic stitches, you can start making stuff! Lion in the pictures for some beginners patterns and have fun making stuff! If you wanna buy thread, needles, and fabric you can for to a sewing store and probably be able to find it! Have fun and thanks for reading! :)
<p>so cool! I only did plastic canvas when I was younger...this is so detailed...I love it!</p>
I'd hate to see you lose all that stitching work by cutting the fabric so close to the design. Cross stitch fabric really likes to fray, so usually you would mount it to something like cardboard by folding the fabric around the back. Another option is to use something like liquid fray check to keep the edges neat. An inch or two of fabric border around the design at minimum will help protect your work.
Thanks for the concern! I usually don't cut it so close but this was just a spare price of fabric I had lying around so I decided to use it to make an 'ible :)

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