The order of movements in cross-stitching is crucial to the stitching’s integrity.

**the exact starting point does not matter on this design**

To begin, pull the threaded needle through the fabric, going from back the front.

DO NOT PULL THE THREAD ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

With about 4 inches of thread remaining on the back side of the fabric, tie an overhand knot. Then, continue puling the needle away from the fabric until the knot pulls against the fabric.

Now you will pull the needle through the hole diagonal from your current position; this time going from front to back.

To better visualize this: Think of a square with four corners, you will always start in the top left, then you will move to the bottom right (diagonally).

Next, you will pull the needle through the hole to the left of your current position; going from back to front.

To better visualize this: You are moving from your current corner (bottom right) to the bottom left corner (horizontal movement)

To complete this single cross-stitch, you will pull the needle through the hole diagonal from your current position; this time going from front to back.

To better visualize this: You are moving from your current corner (bottom left) to the top right corner (diagonal movement).

You now have one completed cross stitch. This is the pattern you will follow for every stitch made on this project.

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