Cross Stitch is such an easy and versatile hobby that really doesn’t require much in the way of supplies – though of course when you get into it you might ending up growing quite a collection of fabric and threads, but then that’s all part of the fun!
Here is a run down of what you need to get started:
Cross Stitch uses embroidery threads, also called stranded cotton, which come in what is called skeins. Major brands include DMC and Anchor.I use DMC threads that you can shop here.
Each colour has a different number which the pattern designer will quote so that you can order the right colour thread. You can, of course, change up patterns to use colours you already have or just prefer.
The best cross stitch fabric for beginners is called Aida and comes in lots of lovely colours and patterns like this selection. It has regular holes across the fabric which make it easy to form those little x’s. You’ll be best starting with a 14 count fabric in a light colour like white or beige (it is a little trickier to stitch on dark fabrics)
Embroidery hoops come in all shapes and sizes and you can even frame your work in them. In Cross Stitch embroidery hoops are used to hold your fabric taut, making it easier to stitch. They aren’t essential though and you can stitch without them.
When you find a new pattern they may suggest the size of embroidery hoop to get so that the design will fit within it at the end (if you want to frame it in the hoop). If you are looking for a small, manageable hoop to hold and stitch with thena six inch hoop is a good option.
You will also need a sharp pair of scissors. Embroidery scissors are small and have a sharp point making it easy to snip little threads.
Cross Stitch Needle
Simply search for ‘cross stitch needles’ online or go for size24 or 26 needles.
This is the really fun part, choosing your pattern! Your pattern will have the image on a grid (like graph paper) and a key which tells you what colour thread to stitch each cross.
You can buy patterns online which come as PDF downloads straight to your inbox on sites like Etsy. I have a range of simple beginner friendly patterns in my shop. I have also included a free download below of some tropical mini motifs so that you can practice your stitching!
Or Try a Kit….
You can also purchase complete kits for cross stitch which come with everything you need to get started. In the long run these end up more expensive but can be a good option when you are just starting out. Here are some lovely options available on Love Crafts.
If you would like some help learning the basics of stitching then do check out my free mini course that comes with a free Scandi Bird hoop design.
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