& Beginner Cross Stitch

A few of my friends have started to read my blog, and they’re interested in learning how to cross stitch.

Some are quite far away though, and I find it hard to explain it over the phone / in only words, but I stumbled across a great graphic explanation of cross stitching here.

Some people need to see pictures to understand, and this shows how the bottom right, to top left stitch is always sitting on top. Picture 2 is the best one in my opinion, as it has great step by step instruction for beginners.

When I’m cross stitching, I’m a stickler for making sure all my top stitches are all the same way. I know some people don’t care all that much, but I find I get a much cleaner, and neater piece.

It’s pretty OCD, but I try to make my back look nice too, just in case anyone ever takes it out of the frame .. I wouldn’t want them to see a higglety piggelty mess!

I know there’s a tonne of cross stitch videos on YouTube out there, but I thought this website was great.

Do you have any tips for beginners getting started?


4 thoughts on “& Beginner Cross Stitch

  1. totally agree on being a little OCD with how the stitches look.. when i started earlier, I didn’t really understand why.. but after reading up.. then I understood that if I don’t cross in a certain way.. the overall outcome is horrible.. :/ i’ve learnt through the hard way..

    and most important things.. NO knots when doing cross stitching…. if there are knots, the piece will not stretch out well later..


    • So glad to hear I’m not the only one who is particular about top stitches always being in the same direction. And definitely agree about the knots .. I’ve seen people pull knots through their aida and then wonder why you can tell on the final piece.

      I think it’s the small things that really make a difference in the end to a cross stitch piece.


  2. I agree with yourself and *Wisher* all top stitches must be in the same direction, there should be no knots, don’t drag thread across aida just to save cutting and starting stitching in a new area – you’ll see it through the front of the aida,cut your aida to size using pinking shears or cover the edges with masking tape to stop fraying, when doing fractional cross stitching always do the lighter thread on the smaller fraction (1/4) and the darker thread for the largest fraction (3/4). There’s loads of tips but these are ones someone new to cross stitching should know.


    • Some great tips there, espeically not dragging thread. I also cut and start stitching in the new area, rather than trailing thread across the back of my piece. You can definitely see a small outline on the final piece if you drag, especially if you’ve done so with a dark colour.

      Could you explain a bit more about fractional cross stitching, and the shades you mentioned though? I haven’t heard of this, and am really intrigued to find out more.


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