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

Can I hang my stitching in the bathroom?

Yes you can, but it is advisable to run some sealant around the edge of the glass to try to prevent moisture getting into the frame. The back of the frame should be sealed as well as possible, using a plastic tape rather than a paper tape which will be affected by the moisture in the bathroom. As a general rule, it's best not to hang really precious designs in the bathroom, but just use small, fun designs that don't take long to stitch. This way, if your work does get damaged, it won't be something that you've spent hundreds of hours stitching!

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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

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glossary

Used by designers in addition to full cross stitch to add depth and dimension to their cross stitch designs. Half cross stitch should be worked in the direction of the top arm of the cross stitch so that it ties in with the rest of the design.