Embroidery floss, made from mercerized cotton, is the thread of choice. Embroidery floss is manufactured with six strands that are easily separated so you can use the required number of strands for your projects. Stitchers also have the choice of using wool threads, pearl cotton, rayon and metallic threads. Specialty threads are available for stitching and accenting certain areas of your work.
Even weave fabric -- Aida cloth -- is constructed with evenly spaced holes that make it easier for you to count your stitches as you work. You can also choose other kinds of even weave cloth, such as linen or other even weave fabrics, which have the same number of threads from top to bottom and left to right. , Cross Stitch Fabrics and Stitching Surfaces. Don’t forget about perforated paper, which allows you to make 3-D projects and ornaments. Plastic canvas, or a plastic mesh, enables you to make sturdy items, like bookmarks. 
Cross stitch tapestry needles make it easier for you to thread your embroidery floss so you can create your projects. The point of a tapestry needle is usually blunt and the eye is larger than that of a sewing needle. The size of the needle depends on the count of the fabric you are working with. , Cross Stitch Tools - Tapestry Needles and More
Equip yourself with two pairs of scissors. The first pair should be larger so you can cut your embroidery fabric. Don’t allow these scissors to be used on anything but your fabric, as other materials may dull the blades. The second pair of scissors should be a smaller pair to cut your embroidery floss.