Cross Stitch Patterns For Everyone – from Easy to Advanced

Cross stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and has been enjoyed

Coloured Cross Stitch Chart

Coloured Cross Stitch Chart

for hundreds of years. People from all over the world – both young and old – take pleasure in the relaxing and creative ‘counted thread’ embroidery style that is cross stitch.

Being one of the most popular embroidery methods, cross stitching has been passed down from generation to generation throughout the centuries. One of the great things about cross stitching is how easy it is to learn, probably one of the main reasons why it has continued to be so popular for so many years.

The stitches are fun and easy to learn, the materials needed are readily available and there is a vast range of cross stitch patterns to suit everyone – whether you are looking for a traditional or modern cross stitch design.

The name ‘cross stitch’ comes from the actual stitch that this form of embroidery is based on. Cross stitching is defined as a double stitch that perfectly creates an “X” in sewing and embroidery projects. It also refers to the needlework created by stitches in the shape of an “X.” These stitches are used to form a picture or design.

Basically there are two methods of cross stitching. The first method, which is used for most cross stitching, is to work a row of half stitches (////); then work back () to complete the Xs.

The other method for cross stitching involves simply creating each “X” stitch as you go.

For those wanting more advanced cross stitch patterns, counted cross stitch is the way to go. Generally counted cross stitch designs are sold in individual kits. Just like stamped cross stitch patterns, everything is included in these kits – instructions, appropriately coloured threads, embroidery hoop, a needle and your fabric. The main difference between counted cross stitch designs and stamped cross stitch designs is that the pattern in NOT printed on the fabric. The fabric is blank and you use the pattern instructions to create your design straight on to the material – you have to determine the centre of the fabric, you have to prepare the edges and you have to be able to count!

Recommended Reading

Looking for a good book to read? If your looking for a great reference book to help you out with answers to your cross stitching questions, or maybe your just looking for a present to give that loved one who is mad about cross stitch. Then head over to our books page where we have compiled a list of great books that no serious cross stitcher should be without.

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