Aida: Aida is the stitching medium (canvas) used in cross stitch. It comes in a variety of sizes. The size denotes the number of squares per inch. Beginning projects tend toward using a 14 count Aida. Expert level crafts may require 22 – 28 squares per inch. A 14-count Aida starts in price around $3 USD.
Tapestry needle: Tapestry needles come in a variety of sizes. I use Size 26 petite needles. However, for the 14-count aida, which is popular, a lot of stitchers recommend sizes 20 and 22 regular needles. It’s important to use a tapestry needle though because the tip is blunt, instead of sharp, to slide through the holes in the aida weave with ease. No matter which way you go, you can buy a pack of needles starting around $1.50.
Floss: Floss is the thread used in embroidery. Floss comes in bundles known as skeins that are divided into 6 strands each. Many companies make embroidery floss, but my preference is DMC. I have purchased it exclusively for several years now and have been very happy. It costs me between thirty-three to forty cents a skein.
Scissors: A pair of scissors to cut your floss; embroidery scissors are ideal, but any pair will do for a beginner. Embroidery scissors start in price around $3 a pair.
As you can see, you can get started for less than ten bucks. Expense comes from building the supplies that you will want to invest in after you get into the hobby.
If you are ready to learn, gather your supplies including red and yellow floss, and I will share with you a very simple chart to get you started. You will only need a bit of scrap 14 ct. Aida to get started – enough for a 15 x 15 grid. I will actually be using an Aida bookmark that I have on hand.