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: How much should I spend on a pair of scissors?

There is an excellent choice of good quality embroidery and needlecraft scissors in the shops for less than £10, although the quality generally improves as the cost rises.

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

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I use a soft 3B pencil to mark off my cross stitch charts as I go. It can be easily erased...

I use a large magnet to hold my scissors and needles. Plus, if you drop a needle, just hover the...


A type of stitching where the outline is stitched first and then the background is filled in with cross stitch, leaving the area inside the outline 'void' or unstitched.
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