Stitching techniques

Correct tension for stitching

Using an embroidery hoop can help you get the correct tension for stitching to amke sure your fabric doesn't get distorted as you stitch

How to stop fabric from fraying

If you're stitching a project over several weeks or months, the fabric edges can get tatty and frayed. Here's a simple guide to help prevent this happening to your stitching.

Stitching using waste canvas

How to stitch using waste canvas

Waste canvas is great for adding cross stitch designs to all sorts of different fabrics.

How to blend threads

How to blend threads

The two-tone effect of blended stitches adds texture and movement – perfect for natural effects like fur and also leaves

or bark


How to attach charms to your stitching

How to attach charms to your stitching

Adding charms to your stitching can really add a sparkle and make a simple pattern really something special!



Blanket stitch

How to do blanket stitch for decorative seams

Blanket stitch is a decorative stitch that is useful as a finishing technique when making up projects - it is easy to hand-sew, joining fabric pieces together or sometimes when doing applique (applying fabric shapes to the surface of another fabric, as decoration). Follow our simple steps to learn how to do blanket stitch today…

Stitching with plastic canvas

How to stitch on plastic canvas

Use our handy hints for getting the most from stitching on plastic canvas.

Five ways to get ahead for Christmas

Don’t let Christmas Day sneak up on you this year – plan your festive stitching now...

  1. Early bird

    It’s time to write a list and see how many cards you need to get through each week. If you want to get going now, try one of the free card kit gifts with The World of Cross Stitching – this Margaret Sherry design that came with issue 181 is ideal.
  2. Ready for Santa

    Start stitching kids’ stockings soon to ensure they are finished in time for old St Nick’s arrival. We adore this ‘Penguin Joy Stocking’, £26.99, by Janlynn. Buy it from Sew and So.

  3. Be prepared

    Make sure you’ve got all the inspiration and stash you need by heading to a festive craft fair near you. Check out our events page regularly to make sure you don't miss out on the best ones.

  4. Personal best

    Stitch a challenging kit as a treat. ‘Merry Christmas Santa’, £18.50, Dimensions Petites Gold, would make a nice, substantial stitch for in between all those quick cards. Email for stockists.

  5. Surprise, surprise!

    Allow plenty of time to stitch in secret if you are making gifts for close family. This ‘Let it Snow’ sampler, £25, would be great for a fan of the holiday season. Buy the kit from The Historical Sampler Company.


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