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 should I do when the fabric I bought in a kit is very heavily creased?

The best way to remove a stubborn crease is to press it with a steam iron before you start stitching. Although this may not completely remove the crease, it will make it much easier to iron again with a light heat, once you've completed your design.

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 have to unpick any stitches, remove any remaining fluff with a soft toothbrush.

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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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