In this video I will show you how to start cross stitching; so how to find the centre of your aida, how to put it in the hoop, and how to secure your thread. The method I'm using here is actually a new way I've been teaching and I changed because I have started using colour variations thread. This is simply thread that has a few colours in one strand so as you are stitching the stitches gradually change colour. My old method for starting your cross stitch doesn't work for this kind of thread and distorts the colours, however if you don't have colour variations in your kit and would like to try a different method to start, you can view the video and blog post here.
So, on with the instructions. You always start stitching in the centre of your fabric and you can find the centre by folding your fabric/aida in half length ways and width ways. Where they meet is your centre square and you can find the centre of your pattern by following the arrows. Then pop your aida in the hoop ready to start stitching. Pull the aida as tight as you can get it, this will make it much easier to stitch on.
Your thread is already cut and ready to use; take two strands and separate it carefully and thread your needle with the two ends.
For your first stitch come up the top left hole of the square you are starting on and leave and hold about an inch of thread out at the back. Then go diagonally across into the bottom right hole. Next, come back up the top right hole and back down into the bottom left. (For more details and video on how to do a cross stitch pop over to this post). As you are stitching make sure your stitches are going over the inch of thread at the back to secure it. Repeat this until you come to the end of the thread or colour you are using. To see how to secure your thread when you come to the end visit this post.
And that's how you start!