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: Should I use a hoop for stitching on evenweave?

Yes, it is best to stretch your evenweave fabric in a hoop for stitching. As evenweave fabric tends to be softer than aida you may find that the fabric slips in the hoop, so, to keep the fabric taut, wind a cotton tape around your hoop, slanting the tape as you go, and secure at the end with a few tiny stitches. You'll find that this keeps the fabric at a nice and even tension. You can also use Super Grip Hoops like these from Siesta Frames.

Cross Stitch TV

making up

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.

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A fine cotton yarn that is used to achieve a subtle effect in cross stitch, typically when stitching delicate designs of flowers. It cannot be divided into strands.
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