How to Learn How to Cross Stitch the Easy Way
Do you want to learn how to cross-stitch? Well, it used to be that you’d need someone to teach the skill to you, which is not always an option for many people. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case today — practically anyone can start learning how to cross stitch by purchasing a kit.
A cross stitch kit contains all the tools and materials you would need for your first project. That way, you can focus on the learning process without having to worry about anything else.
What to expect out of your first cross stitch project
Once you’re done with your first cross stitch kit, you might find that cross stitching isn’t that complicated. The difficulty completing
Cross Stitch Patterns in Australia mainly revolves around the scope of the project (size and other embellishments that you might want to add).
Another factor that you would want to consider is the type of cross stitch kit to get. In general, you have two options — counted cross stitch and a stamped cross stitch kit. What’s the difference between the two, you ask?
As the name implies, a counted cross stitch kit requires that you refer to a pattern while working on your cross-stitch. This may not be ideal for most beginners as it gives you one more thing to worry about. Hence, it’s generally better to get a stamped cross stitch kit (the design is printed right on the fabric). That way, you can focus on learning the skill and getting used to the process.
What can you find inside a cross stitch kit?
As mentioned above, a cross stitch kit contains everything that you would need to complete your first project. This includes instructions (how to do a cross stitch), a piece of Aida fabric, floss threads, needle and the pattern/design that you’ll need to follow.
Most patterns on cross stitch kits tend to be very basic designs (letters, simple shapes, objects). That said, you can also find intricate designs that might be too much for beginners to handle.
As for creating a cross-stitch itself — well, there’s not much to it. Notice that the Aida fabric is made up small grids. All you have to do is insert the needle on one grid (as indicated in the pattern, then move the needle down the opposite side of the grid creating a diagonal line. Now do the same on the opposite side creating an “X” pattern (hence the name).
If you’re having trouble keeping the fabric stable, then it might be worth your while to get an accessory called a hoop. This will serve as a temporary frame for the Aida fabric and tightens the fabric while you work on completing the design.
Once you’re done, you have the option to frame your work as a display piece or embed the design on other things — pillows, towels, etc. A completed cross stitch kit would also make an excellent gift for baby showers and weddings.