Cross stitching.... An easy guide

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Cross stitching 
I have been a cross stitching for a about 10 years my Aunite got my interested so I bought one so I look at it and thought i wished I had a guide to help me with splitting the colours and the you have to but them I ordered by colours light to dark so it will be easier to use them
Starting to cross stitch by find the middle of the cavanes by fold it in half and half again and I use a needle to find the middle and unfold the cavanes and then I use a wood frame that you can tight and will need to put the one section under the cavanes and the other on top and push down and tight the screw on the top some people will use cotton from top to the bottom and right to left to find the middle.
How to read our charts.
Counted cross stitch designs are stitched from charts on a blocked fabric such as aids or evenweave. For each symbol that you see on the charts you need to make a cross stitch on the fabric.
The key tells you which symbols that correspond to which colour-tinted to help you pick out different areas of the design much more easily.
The key will advise how many strands of thread to use for the cross stitch and backstitch, and if that you got to French knots  if there is any in the design.
Where to start stitching
Start in the centre
Stitchers are often advised to start stitching a design or patten in the centre to ensure that it doesn't end up centrally-positioned on the fabric, ready from framing.
The centre on the chart, design or patten is marked by four triangular black arrows, fold the fabric in half both ways to find its corresponding centre, then start stitching with colours that's nearest to the centre of the chart, design or patten.
The chart are divided up every 10 squares to make the counting easy.
Tacking method
If you prefer to stitch our designs as you would read a book - from left to right and top to bottom- measure the width of your fabric and sew running stitch down it, halfway across. Then, halfway down the fabric, sew running stitches across the width. From this centre point you've marked, court up and left to find your starting point and begin stitching from there, working your way across and down
How to cross stitch.
Use the thread that the colour that you are going to use. Thread your needle with the number of strands listed in the key of your pattern or design. If you need two strands, fold the strand In half and use the loop method to start off.
Court the squares from the centre to the point where your first cross stitch goes. Bring your needle up at the bottom left of a block on the fabric and take it down at the top right and through the loo at the back.
They is a half cross stitch. Next, bring the needle up through the fabric at the bottom right of the block and take it down at the top left you've now completed your first cross stitch.
Now carry on with the rest of the patten or design in the way that you feel comfortable as everyone is different 
How to backstitch
Backstitch is used to be add outlines and definition to cross stitch design or patten. It's shown on our chart or parts as thick lines, which are printed in the same colour as the threads they represent. You will most often find backstitch outlines worked in one strand of cotton. To start off, weave your needle through the back of several cross stitches to secure the end of the thread.
Needle size
Use a blunt tapestry needle to cross stitch on aids or evenweave pick one slightly smaller than the holes in your fabric to avoid distortion. For designs on 11- or 14-court fabric you'll need a size 24 needle; on 16- court and above, a size 26; and for very fine fabrics, use a size 28 

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