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 many threads should I use on plastic canvas?
A:

For 14-count canvas you can use either two or three strands of thread, it's really a matter of personal preference. Two strands is easy to stitch but gives a much lighter coverage of the canvas. Stitching with three strands gives a lovely dense coverage and brings out the richness of the colours used, but it can take longer to stitch because it's slightly harder to get the needle through the holes.

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

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.
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