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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:

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

1. File your magazines - buy a binder so that you can keep each issue neat and within easy reach...

Make a photocopy of your chart to work from. This will keep you chart in good condition so you can...

1. Always stitch with clean hands - any grease on your fingers will be transferred to your...

glossary

This is a narrow strip of aida that has been finished off with a decorative trimming. It is handy for adding a cross stitch design to a towel or curtain tieback.
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