Making up

Knowing the right way to do things can make or break a stitching project. Read on for tried and tested advice which will help your confidence as well as your stitching.

Hannah Bellis, Editor of The World of Cross Stitching

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If you've mastered the basic biscornu, why not have a go at a 16-sided one? The stitching is easy. You need to work one design 10 times and another five times. The real fun comes when you stitch the squares together. Our guide makes it very straightforward and easy to master, but as you can see, it looks really spectacular.

You can save a lot of money on professional framing by learning how to lace and frame your own finished pieces. Here's our handy beginner's guide...

A piece of card hole punched

If you usually work from charts rather than kits, you can save yourself a lot of unpicking by oranising all the threads you need onto a thread sorter before you begin stitching. It only takes a few minutes to make your own, as our handy guide shows you, but it could save you a lot of time later on

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