What is backstitch in cross stitch?
Backstitching is simply looking for the “end” point of your next stitch and then finishing the stitch using the “beginning” hole.
Should I outline my cross-stitch?
The back stitch is used to outline the design once you are done with all the cross stitches. Outlining will define your design and make it more “finished” looking.
How many threads should I cross-stitch with?
Cross stitch is generally worked using two strands of stranded cotton when working on 14-count and 16-count Aida. It is perfectly acceptable to mix the number of threads used within the same project. You might want to alter the texture of the finished piece by working in one, two and even three strands.