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Cross stitching is a cheap and easy way to make cute, homemade, Christmas presents for someone you care about. 
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Step 1: Necessary Items

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You will need the following items:
A sewing needle
A pattern (You can find one online or in any craft store)
White DMC thread
Brown DMC thread
Dark Purple DMC thread
Light pink DMC thread
Yellow DMC thread
Green DMC thread
Dark Grey DMC thread
12"x 18" Antique White Aida Cross Stitch Fabric

Step 2: Fold your Adia fabric

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Fold your Aida fabric twice. First, you will fold it long ways in a 'hot dog' style. Then, you will fold it again to make a small square. Unfold your fabric and make sure you can see creases in it.

Step 3: Cut your thread

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When you first get new thread, it will come in one very long strand. Slide the loops of the thread on one edge of the scissors and cut it. Do this with all of your thread. 

Step 4: Find the center of your pattern

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If you buy a pattern, the center should already be found for you; however, free patterns may not be that convenient. Count all the squares across and then divide that sum by two. Do the same vertically. With your new numbers, you should be able to find the center of your pattern. Once you find it, draw a square around it. Note the chosen color of the starting place via the key on your pattern. For this pattern, the color is light pink.

Step 5: Thread your needle

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Your thread will have quite a thick few strands, so choose one of those strands. The strand you chose has a few smaller strands in it, but you only need two of them. Take the two strands and thread them through the eye of your sewing needle. If you are having trouble keeping the ends of the two strands together, you can either lick the ends or dip your fingers in water and pull them together. Be sure to pull the thread through the needle enough so that it won't be easy pulled out.
lfong33511 year ago
Loooooove this owl cross stitch pattern. Thanks for sharing
ChrysN2 years ago
Cute owl and great instructions for people new to cross stitching.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Great tips! I always start in the middle of a pattern but I didn't know this was an actual technique.
Great job! Such a cute owl. btw, I'm a cross stitching fan!