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

Q: How do I choose a mount for my design?
A:

The best way to choose a mount for a design is to take your stitching to the framing shop and look at the various colours available. You can then pick out a shade that complements the colours used in your design. Be careful not to pick too strong a colour as this could draw people’s eyes away from the stitching towards the frame.

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

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glossary

A special bulb that looks like an ordinary tungsten bulb but is moulded in blue glass which filters out the yellow light, thus giving a more natural light that is easier to stitch by.
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