How To Cross Stitch

Getting Started with cross stitching

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced stitcher, you’ve come to the right place for expert cross stitch advice. There’s a wealth of stitching knowledge here, all at the click of a button. Have a browse and learn something new today!

Follow these guidelines and you'll soon be stitching your first design:


Q: Where do I start stitching a design?

Always start in the centre of the chart (not at the top) and work outwards. This will guarantee your finished design is centred on your fabric. Find the centre of your fabric by folding it in half both ways. Where the folds cross is the centre. Find the centre on your chart, too, and start from here.

Cross Stitch TV

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It’s always fun to try new ways of making up your cross stitch into different finishes. As well as giving you a chance to expand your skills, this means that you won’t run out of walls to show off your framed designs! Many stitchers can find it a bit scary branching out into cushions, doorstop and the like, or even going the extra mile and perfecting specialist finishes like biscornus and scissor keepers. But don’t worry – our step-by-step guides will show you how simple it is to master these techniques. We’ve also shared some handy tips to make your whole stitching experience that little bit easier.

Hannah Bells Editor of The world of Cross Stitching

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This is a spongy material that is used to stuff such items as a pin cushion or is put behind a design to make it stand out well in a card or frame. It is available in several weights and is also known as batting.
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