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: What size needle do I need for cross stitch?
A:

You will need a blunt tapestry needle for cross stitch. Pick a size that matches the count of your fabric:
FABRIC SIZE = 8 and 11 count aida NEEDLE SIZE = 22
FABRIC SIZE = 14-count aida NEEDLE SIZE = 24
FABRIC SIZE = 16 and 18-count aida; 28,30 and 32-count evenweave over two; 22-count hardanger and finer NEEDLE SIZE = 28

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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glossary

This is the most popular thread used for cross stitch and is sold as a skein. The thread is made up of six divisible strands. Pull out one, two or more strands to stitch a design, as directed in the key.
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