The first step in embroidering cross – to make a layout on canvas. If you took up embroidery of a ready-made set, look at the diagram, which marked the middle of the embroidery. Usually its designation manufacturers use the arrows on the cells vertically and horizontally. Applied to set the fabric fold in half, and run a line of basting stitch. Now do the same in the other direction. The intersection of the threads will point you to the middle of the picture, where it will be possible to start work. If mid-to instructions are specified, will retreat from the edge a sufficient number of threads and make a line horizontally and vertically. The beginning of the work you choose is the upper left corner or another, as long as you feel comfortable. To as the embroidery was easy to test yourself, lay auxiliary basting thread through an equal number of crosses, for example, every ten or thirty. This allows you to spot the error and help to find the cell on the canvas.
If you are working with a set, then the thread you have, they are attached on the holder, or they need to sort out flowers and attach to the holder alone. The second option sets are much rarer, mostly American manufacturers. If you only have a schema, you need to choose the appropriate shades. It can be done "by eye", i.e. to choose the thread that you seem to clash. Or, read the schema, view, thread what the manufacturer instructions say, and the numbers choose the right floss. If they were not on sale, you can use special tables to translate the part number thread in similar shades from another manufacturer, such as Anchor DMC or Gamma. For convenience, make a holder out of cardboard on their own – just punch the hole punch holes for the thread and sign them or draw symbols.
Now start embroidering. Each color of floss has a special symbol on the diagram. The first color is better to choose one that is located close to the place where you start the embroidery center or the edge. In the instruction set it says how many threads to use for independent work, use this number of threads to outline a well "painted", but the drawing was too thick. For the standard weave of the canvas 14 Aida using two strands of floss, at least three. Embroider squares of the selected color, considering their location vertically and horizontally. Remember that the first stitch of all stitches should be in one direction, and closing in another. When the thread is ended, or there wasn't a cross of this color, pin the end and start embroidering in a different color. For the convenience of control on the scheme embroidered crosses in pencil.