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 bought some cheap thread and the colours ran when I washed my stitching. Is there anything I can do?

Don't panic! Just keep rinsing the stitching in cold water until the water is completely clear and no more colour comes out. If you are worried about the colours running, wash your work at a high temperature. This actually helps fix the colours in your threads. It's worth remembering that you shouldn't encounter this problem if you choose one of the recommended brands, DMC, Anchor or Madeira stranded cotton. Save those cheapies for small quick stitch projects that don't require washing.

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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A method of starting your stitching when there is no where else to anchor your thread. Tie a small knot in the end of your thread and take the needle down through the fabric, slightly away from where you are going to start stitching. Now bring the needle up at the position on the fabric where you wish the first stitch to be and stitch as normal. The thread at the back of the work will be secured as you work your design and you will then be able to cut off the waste knot.
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