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: Can I mix thread brands when stitching?
A:
It's really quite important that you stick to one brand of thread when stitching a particular project. You will find that corresponding colours in the well known ranges (DMC, Anchor and Madeira) vary slightly and using two or more manufacturers may distort your colours. It's really quite important that you stick to one brand of thread when stitching a particular project. You will find that corresponding colours in the well known ranges (DMC, Anchor and Madeira) vary slightly and using two or more manufacturers may distort your colours.

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

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glossary

The most common fabric used for cross stitch, and the best one to use for your first project. It is woven into blocks marked out by regularly-spaced holes. Use these holes to work your cross stitches. Aida is sold in various sizes or counts. The most popular size is 14-count.
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