How to Start Cross Stitch

Cross stitch is a popular and fun craft that involves stitching thread onto fabric to create a design or picture. If you're new to cross stitch, it can seem a bit daunting to get started, but with a few basic supplies and some simple instructions, you can be on your way to creating beautiful cross stitch projects. Here's how to start cross stitch:

Materials Needed

  • Cross stitch fabric
  • Cross stitch pattern
  • Embroidery floss
  • Cross stitch needle
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)
  • Scissors


  1. Choose a cross stitch pattern that you would like to stitch. You can find patterns online, in craft stores, or in cross stitch magazines.
  2. Once you have your pattern, select your fabric. Cross stitch fabric is a special type of fabric that has a grid of holes, making it easy to count and stitch. You can choose from many different types of fabric, but Aida fabric is a good choice for beginners.
  3. Use your pattern to determine the colors of embroidery floss you will need. Cross stitch patterns typically use a symbol or color code to indicate which color of floss to use for each stitch.
  4. Cut a length of embroidery floss that is approximately 18 inches long and thread it onto your cross stitch needle.
  5. Begin stitching by making a small stitch from the back of the fabric to the front, following the pattern. Then, make a second stitch in the opposite direction to complete the cross stitch. Continue stitching in this way, following the pattern and using the appropriate colors of floss.
  6. When you need to change colors, simply knot the end of the current thread and start a new thread with the next color.
  7. Continue stitching until you have completed the entire pattern.
  8. Once you have finished stitching, you can wash your cross stitch to remove any dirt or markings. Iron the fabric from the back to remove any wrinkles.
  9. Finally, you can display your cross stitch in a frame or use it to create a pillow, wall hanging, or other decorative item.

Tips for Starting Cross Stitch

  • Start with a simple pattern if you are new to cross stitching.
  • Be patient and take your time, especially when stitching intricate details.
  • Make sure to keep your stitches consistent in size and direction for a neat and professional look.
  • Use a needle threader to help thread your needle more easily.
  • Organize your embroidery floss by color to make it easier to find the colors you need.


Cross stitch is a fun and rewarding hobby that allows you to create beautiful images and designs with just a needle and thread. By following these simple steps, you can get started with cross stitch and create your own unique and beautiful projects.

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