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:

faqs

Q: Is it OK to wash evenweave?
A:

Evenweaves can be safely washed by hand, and many of the modern fabrics like Jobelan are machine washable. Linen is very hard wearing and can be washed at high temperatures.

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.

Hannah Bells Editor of The world of Cross Stitching

Tip of the day

I have sight problems so if I buy a cross stitch chart that’s too small I scan it in...

After you unpick mistakes, you might have fluffs of threads left behind on your fabric. Clean...

My tip is simple, always make sure you have a small kit with you, weather it be in your handbag...

glossary

A grid or graph of symbols or colours that represents the stranded cotton colours, metallic threads, beads etc of the design. A key lists the symbols and the thread number used, as well as a list of materials and instructions.
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