How to Get Started With Cross Stitch the Easy Way

If you are like the ones that always thinks in give embroidery a go but have been intimidated by the different supplies and the vast number of stitches and tutorials, this quick-start embroidery stitches instructions manual is for you. 

This easy overview can be also valuable if you’re introducing cross stitching embroidery to a buddy and wish to ensure you cover the fundamentals. 

Learning embroidery doesn’t have to be tough, and it definitely shouldn’t seem like a big investment of money and time. It’s actually an easy and cheap hobby to jump into! 


Once you get your legs wet (or maybe more appropriately, once you get your needle threaded!), you might get a more in-depth knowledge of it, the variation of the stitches and discover all the secrets of embroidery. You might also pick up specific ideas, tools, and techniques that will improve and enhance your stitching. 


But to get started in how to embroidery, you only require a basic blueprint for beginners and a few embroidery materials that you can buy online

Fabric: 
To your very first project, select light colored quilting cotton or even weave fabric, like linen. When buying by the yard, 1/4 yard will be enough for many projects. Find here what we use.


Embroidery Floss 
Select a kit with a large range of colors of embroidery floss. DMC colors are very important, so, be sure you can get colors with DMC numbers. The best quality is Artesannia brand,  is simple to find, cheap and good quality. 

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Embroidery Hoop 
There are various styles of embroidery hoops available, but all you have to get started is a basic wooden or plastic hoop. A 6-inches hoop will serve you well for a wide range of jobs. 

Needles 
Like hoops, there are lots of types of sewing machines out there. Any sharp needle with an eye adequately big to thread embroidery floss through will work. Nevertheless, the simplest thing would be to pick a pack of various sizes of sharp needles labeled for embroidery. The Artesannia Needlecraft Kit above comes with 30 needles (10 of each size).

Water-Soluble Pen 
Based on your project, there are a few techniques to move a pattern to your own fabric, but tracing is the easiest. A normal pen will work, but to ensure that you don’t leave any stray markings, use a water-soluble pen. 

Scissors 
There are scissors made for distinct tasks in embroidery, but before you purchase anything fancy, it’s okay to use any scissors you’ve around. Just make sure that they’ll cut the floss easily so the ends aren’t frayed. The Artesannia super embroidery kit above comes with a pair of scissors as well.

Straight Stitch 
This simple stitch is really basic you probably already know how to do it without even learning it. Making brief straight lines is something you’ll do a lot as you embroider. 

Back Stitch  / Start-Stopping 
For doing any kind of outlining, back stitch works and it’s so easy. Concentrate on making each stitch the same span and you’ll have something that looks really great!  Should you wish to know the best way to start and stop, there are numerous special techniques to follow. However, it’s also okay to start and end with a knot.  Click here to see the video


Finishing Tips 
When you’re done stitching, your embroidery may need to be rinsed or soaked to remove markings. This also helps remove wrinkles. When it comes out of the water, gently press away excess water with a towel. Then place the embroidery on a folded towel and press from the back with an iron. 

Start Stitching

You’re now ready to get stitching! With just a bit of practice, you’ll be feeling confident and ready to move from simple patterns to more complex embroidery stitches and different patterns. And once you’ve mastered a couple stitches, you can learn a few more!

Happy Handcrafting!

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