Philadelphia has long been known as an important center for African American history and culture. In the 18th century, Philadelphia had the largest free black population and was the center of the abolitionist movement. Here is a counted cross stitch design that honors Africa.
14 count aida cloth in white cut a minimum of 7x9 inches
DMC embroidery floss one skein each of: #307 lemon, #310 black, #321 Christmas red, #367 pistachio green dark
Embroidery needle size 24, it has blunt point and a large eye
Frame of choice with a size 5x7 inch opening
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To begin, find the center of the graph. Then find the center of your fabric. To easily do this, fold the fabric in half vertically and horizontally. Where it makes a corner, give it a pinch. When you open up the fabric, the pinch mark will be the center. Embroidery floss is made up of 6 strands. Pull out a 36 in length and cut. Use two of these strands to thread the needle. To start the stitching, insert the needle from back to front, leaving a one inch tail. Do not make any knots, but work the stitches over the tail to fasten it down. Cross stitches are worked in two parts. First make a row of half stitches that look like this:////////. Then go back and cross them with stitches that look like this: \\\\. When finished, the stitches will look like XXXX.