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 do I start and finish off the thread?

Thread your needle through the back of other stitches nearby to secure it when you are starting and finishing off. If you are starting in a new area of the fabric, hold the thread end with your thumb on the back and catch it under your first few stitches to secure it. When making your first stitch or stitching with an even number of strands you can use the loop method to start (as shown). When finishing off, snip the end close to where it emerges.

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

Don't just stick to white and cream aida for your stitching. Be adventurous and try new fabrics...


This is the American term for stranded cotton.
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