How To Get Started With A Cross Stitch Project?

Cross stitch is a type of embroidery that uses two strands of thread to create stitches. The cross stitch pattern is marked by an x-shaped stitching, though some stitchers work with diagonal stitches instead. 

The finished product is like a pixel picture which can be made into cushions, framed pictures or clothing. 

What do I need to start? What should I get? 

You'll need some tools to complete the pattern. 

* A cross stitch Sydney kit may come with everything you need, so it's worth checking before buying anything else! 

- A needle (cross stitch needles are usually quite thick) 

- Scissors to cut the thread when finished. These shouldn't be too sharp or pointy; you can poke your fingers/eyes out! Needlepoint scissors are a good option. 

- Thread to complete the pattern. DMC threads in many different colours can be purchased from Hobbycraft here! They also have a section for all their colours on this page. You do *NOT* need every colour though, they often sell certain colours or even starter packs. I recommend looking at the "popular" or "best-selling" packs as those will be the most useful to start!

- A hoop, frame or embroidery stand. This is optional, but I use one as it means my work is not as creased and more even than if it isn't hung up. 

- Scissors again, only more minor is needed for this task. 

Types of stitches used in cross-stitch. 

There are many types of stitches available in cross-stitch. Therefore, it is essential to decide which stitch you want to proceed with, depending on your skill and experience. 

Here's a list of stitches.  

- The continental stitch (most common) you make by putting your needle under and over alternate threads of fabric. These stitches do not show on the front, only the back. They are very time-consuming and easy to go astray on, so they should be done slowly and carefully with a relaxed hand! 

- The backstitch is similar to the continental, but they are diagonal stitches that go up and down. These stitches aren't visible on the front, only the back.  

- The blanket stitch is a simple way of finishing your work; you just put one thread through another, so it looks like a zigzag pattern. Again these stitches do not show on the front, only the back and can be done on any line of cross stitch. 

- The stem stitch is a simple way to make lines across your work; they look like diagonal stitches on the front and back.  

- The running stitch is used as a border or edge if you want to finish with a blanket stitch or just for decoration at either side of your pattern. You do not have to use these stitches for every line, but the project finishes off nicely if you do. 

Continental stitching is something that is the most useful for beginners. So if you are starting with your first DIY project, it is advisable to begin with continental stitching to see good results and feel motivated.