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: I've finished a design, only to realise there's not enough border left for the frame I wanted to put it in, what should I do?

To overcome this problem you will need to use a wide mount to bridge the gap between the stitching and the edge of the frame. Choose a shade of mount that picks up a colour in the design, and no-one will ever realise your mistake.

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

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If you wish to design you own pictures then graph paper is essential. You can buy ordinary graph paper from stationers or special cross stitching graph paper which comes in various counts such as 14- and 18-count.