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: Can my scissors be cleaned and sharpened?

Scissors that have a screw or nut on the pivot point can be adjusted or separated to clean, oil and sharpen easily. Manufacturers of more expensive scissors with a rivet claim that their scissors are so well made that they do not need to be adjusted.

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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A material used for backing finished cross stitch designs to stop fraying and make them easier to handle when mounting. Generally used for small items such as designs for handbag mirrors, coasters and keyrings.
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