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

Top Ten Projects
How to present your work as a canvas

Many stitchers don't know how simple it is to create this modern and stylish finish. All you need is a canvas frame, a staple gun and this great step-by-step guide to achieve cross stitch canvas success

Mount your designs into cards to show them at their best. Our guide shows you how to use pre-cut aperture cards to make sure your work sits centrally and looks really professional

Make a super-quick tree decoration with one of these sweet little golden frames from Framecraft. Our guide shows you how easy it is

These are easy to make and add a great finish to cushions. Why buy one when you can make your own? Save money and make it match the colour of your cross stitch with our simple guide to making your own.

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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