Cross Stitch Patterns For Everyone – from Easy to Advanced
Cross stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and has been enjoyed
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!
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.
How to Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch Patterns For Everyone
Cross Stitch Patterns
Learn more about…
- How to Cross Stitch – General Guidelines
- Cross Stitch Fabrics
- Cross Stitch Thread or Floss
- Calculating How Much Cross Stitch Fabric To Buy
- Cross Stitch Needles
- Cross Stitch Frames and Hoops
- Cross Stitch Charts
- Cross Stitch for Beginners: Securing the edges, finding the centre of the fabric and preparing the thread
- Starting and Finishing a Cross Stitch Pattern
- Working Hem stitch
- Scoring and Stitching a Folded Hem
- Washing and Ironing Cross Stitch
- Stretching and Mounting Cross Stitch
- Framing Cross Stitch