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: What is the best way to store my threads?

There are numerous thread storage solutions out there, from systems that you can make yourself, if you're on a budget, to ones you can buy in the shops or online. Simple plastic wallets with the shade number written on the side will keep your threads clean and organised, while simple wallet cases, like this from DMC, will enable you to choose your thread colours at a glance.

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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

However experienced you are, always take a few minutes to read the instructions in a kit...

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

I store my threads for work-in-progress in sandwich bags, the zip-lock kind. I write the...


Unbleached threads are available for stitchers wishing to experiment at dying their own threads.