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 needle do I use for waste canvas?

When stitching a motif on clothing or bed linen with waste canvas, use a sharp or crewel needle. This will pass through the fabric more easily than a tapestry needle. On jersey and woven fabrics, you may find a tapestry needle passes through the fabric better.

Cross Stitch TV

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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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Cross stitch can be worked in yarn on a larger count fabric such as 6-count Binca. Any type of wool is ideal for introducing children to cross stitch, as the yarn is non divisible and can be threaded straight onto a needle.
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