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 wash my work?

It's perfectly safe to wash your finished cross stitch. First check the ends are all secured on the back of your stitching. Then fill a bowl with warm water and add a little detergent or needlework shampoo. Immerse your stitching and swill it around. Rinse well in cold water but do not wring it out. Then press your damp stitching on top of a fluffy towel with the iron on a medium setting. Push the point of the iron into the back of the stitches to make them stand out.

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


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.
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