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: Which needle should I use for evenweave?

Always use a tapestry or cross stitch needle which has blunt ends. You need to choose one which will slip easily between the fibres of the fabric. A tapestry needle has a larger eye than most other types of needle. It is oval in shape which makes it easier to thread a number of strands at the same time. Before starting on a design check whether you are using the correct size needle by making a stitch. The needle should pass through the fabric without enlarging the hole, but, at the same time, should not fall through too easily. Use a size 22 needle for 22,25 and 27HPI fabrics, a size 24 needle for 28HPI and a size 26 needle for 32HPI fabrics.

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


A special bulb that looks like an ordinary tungsten bulb but is moulded in blue glass which filters out the yellow light, thus giving a more natural light that is easier to stitch by.
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