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: I use a hoop when I stitch on fabric, but how can I hold perforated paper securely?

Using a hoop on perforated paper would damage it, so this is not a good idea. Most people find that by trimming the paper to a manageable size, it is easy to hold. However, if you still find it difficult, try sticking your piece of stitching paper to a cardboard aperture, so that you have something firm to keep hold of whilst you stitch.

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

Follow these tips to make sure you always choose a design that is both attractive and suited...


This thread can be used to great effect alongside stranded cotton to highlight parts of a design. It is available in typical metallic colours - for example, gold, silver, or bronze - and is available as a stranded skein or on a reel.
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