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 do I stop my French knots ending up on the back of the fabric?

You've probably taken the needle back through the same hole it came through and pulled the knot with it. Avoid the holes in the aida and push the needle back down one or two threads to the side.

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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

If you have to unpick stitches and find that remnants from the thread get caught in the fabric,...

If you are designing your own piece of cross stitch, try placing all of the colours you have...

Always use a new needle to stitch with metallic or speciality threads – and old or worn...


This is the best material to use when stretching your stitching ready to put in a frame. It consists of a strong card and is best used with the white side facing up. Ask your framer for acid-free mount board to protect your stitching from becoming stained over time.
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