Before starting to cross stitch cut approximately 50 cm (19.6″) of the floss, and separate it to single strands.
Most of the cross stitch work is done using 1 or 2 strands, although, if the fabric has more loose structure you can put more strands together to cover the spacing nicely.
There are two methods of how to start your stitching, it depends on either you are using even (2, 4, 6) or uneven (1, 3, 5) number of strands.
First method – using even (2, 4, 6) number of strands.
Select 1 long strand and fold it in half.
Thread a needle with both ends of the strand.
Bring the threaded needle through the fabric.
Now you have two strands on the front side and a loop on the back side.
Bring the needle up through the fabric toward the back side and put it through the loop.
Gently tighten the loop, and here you go – strand is fixed at the back side, now just continue stitching.
The second method – using uneven (1, 3, 5) number of strands
Bring the needle through the fabric, leaving a short end on the left side (appr. 1″ or less)
Start stitching, carefully holding the loose end on the back side with your finger.
With every stitch on the back side put the loose end under the needle so the loose end of the strand will go under the completed stitches.