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:


Q: Is there any specialist equipment needed to stitch on paper?

After you've bought the paper and thread, the only specialist item you will need to invest in is a pair of craft scissors for cutting out your design. Resist the temptation to use your embroidery scissors as the paper will blunt them.

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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1. Clear out your stitching cupboard, so you know exactly what you've got in there.


A fine cotton yarn that is used to achieve a subtle effect in cross stitch, typically when stitching delicate designs of flowers. It cannot be divided into strands.
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