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 can I use plastic canvas for?

Plastic canvas can be used for all sorts of things. It's great for teaching children to stitch as you don't need a frame and any little marks can be rubbed off it. As it can be cut to any shape, it's great for making small items such as fridge magnets and keyrings and can also be used for mobiles and Christmas decorations. Plastic canvas can also be stitched together to make three dimensional items such as tissue boxes, spectacle cases and seasonal ornaments such as these Christmas trees from The Nutmeg Company.

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

Tip of the day

If you place wadding behind your work before framing it, it will look much more luxurious...


This is an outlining stitch that is used to add final details to a design over the top of the cross stitch. It is worked in a 'two steps forward, one step back' motion.
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