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: How is stranded cotton made?

Stranded cotton is made from pure cotton and is treated with caustic soda in a process called mercerisation. This gives the thread a lovely sheen. The thread is also 'gassed' to remove fine surface hairs and make it much smoother. This results in a soft, strong thread that is unlikely to snap or fluff and will last for many years.

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

Tip of the day

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Tweeding is a technique where two or more colours of thread are used in the needle at the same time to give a subtle blending of the colours.
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