HOW TO CROSS STITCH
Here's a little quick-start guide to get you going with your first project!
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A series of videos, originally posted on the TikTok account, detailing how to cross stitch from start to finish. Click '[Captions]' link just above each video for text transcripts. I haven't been able to add captions to the videos themselves, so please feel free to drop me a line if you know a way; my skills do not lie in tech-y areas, I'm afraid.
French Knots video coming soon!
Part 1: Downloading Free Patterns
Part 3: Decoding the Pattern
Part 5: Stitching
Part 7: Fractional Stitches
Part 9: Stitching Between Holes
Part 2: Supplies & Setup
Part 4: Loop Start
Part 6: Finishing off a Thread
Part 8: Backstitch
Part 10: Framing
Additional: String-Back Framing
Never stitched before? Here's a list of things you'll need:
Cloth: the fancy cross-stitch cloth called 'Aida' is your best bet as it has nice big holes, evenly spaced for perfect little crosses. There are different sizes, called 'counts' - the bigger the number, the more squares per inch, the smaller the gap between holes, and the more fiddly it is to work with. For most of my patterns I recommend 14ct, but children might find 11ct easier to work with. It also comes in a load of funky colours, if plain white isn't your bag. It looks like this, check out those holes:
Needle: you don't want a sharp pointy one! Tapestry / cross stitch needles have nice blunt ends. For 14 ct aida you'll want a size 24, for 11ct a size 22, although it doesn't make much of a difference
Thread: you can, of course, use any thread you like, but embroidery thread (or 'floss') is best suited for this sort of project. There are many brands to choose from; the colour codes I use in my patterns are from the brand 'DMC', but you don't have to stick with them. It usually comes in little skeins like this:
Each of those threads is made up of 6 strands. You usually only use 1, 2, or 3 of those strands to actually stitch with; your pattern will tell you how many.
1. Scissors. You'll also need something to cut with (you can get embroidery scissors if you're feeling fancy), but any scissors will do.
2. A hoop. Something you don't need, but might find useful, is an embroidery hoop to help hold your fabric taut while you work. They look like this: