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 points should I be looking for?

Good embroidery scissors have fine smooth points that will slip under threads on the reverse of the work, and the blades should be sharp right down to the point. The handles should have holes large enough to fit your fingers comfortably with no rough or hard edges.

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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This thread can be used to great effect alongside stranded cotton to highlight parts of a design. It is available in typical metallic colours - for example, gold, silver, or bronze - and is available as a stranded skein or on a reel.