Since, I finished the cross stitch coasters and will be making more personalized ones for Kevin’s writing group, I thought it would be a good idea to do a blog on how to cross stitch. If you know how to hand stitch or like to sew, this will be easy for you.
In the 17th century learning how to cross stitch was part of a young girl's education. Today, children of all ages are learning to cross stitch as there has been a resurgence in learning crafts.
Cross stitching involves “Tapestry” needles which are also called “cross stitch” needles. There points are blunt--instead of sharp--so that they can pass between the threads. They come in different thickness. You use different sized needles for various counts of fabrics. Needles for cross stitch are the smaller size - 24, 26, and 28.
Counted cross stitch is very easy to learn. You only need to follow the design from a printed graph or pattern onto even weave fabric (usually Aida). Aida cloth can come in different colors. I usually use white which has 11 or 14 count. Since white would not show up correctly here I am showing you blue cloth:
Furthermore, I use DMC embroidery thread; which comes in 6 strains. Most of the time, I use two strains of thread. You can use other types; but, most patterns use the DMC number/colors and I prefer to use them.
Or variety pack
Basically, you are making an “X” with the thread. Usually all the cross stitch kits available in shops have whole (or full) “cross stitches” and “backstitch.” “Backstitch, also called “outline stitch,” is a class of embroidery and sewing stitch in which individual stitches are made backward to the general direction of sewing. These stitches form lines and are most often used to outline shapes or to add fine detail to an embroidered picture.
The following web site has useful tips and articles and cross stitch tutorial.
One great way of receiving cross stitch patterns is by email or a download! Not only do you save on postage fees you don't have to wait for days to receive a cross stitch chart by mail. The only thing you need is a printer that has various color ink so that you can print your pattern.
You may wish to buy a counted cross stitch kit. Many designers/companies produce cross stitch kits that are not good value for money. Before making a purchase, you will need to ask them what is included in a kit - if you are buying online, look for this information in their website. If there is not, then send them an email and ask them. A good kit should come with everything----needle, thread, design, cloth and directions.
There are many reasons why you should start cross stitching. For more information and resources to get you started------
The Craft Channel (with great tutorials) at:
Additional places you can watch are:
Make sure to have good lighting and have fun Cross Stitching!