Hey guys! Remember that Needles & a Movie is still a thing! The next meeting is July 24th at 3 P.M. Don’t want to knit or crochet? Try Cross-stitch! It’s a great way to create pieces (as big or small as you like) for yourself, friends, or family.
How do you get started? I’ll be blunt with you, I have never done cross stitch in my life. So this blog post will be an adventure for both of us!
Simply put, cross stitch is a stitch that crosses, specifically in an X shape (hence the cross in cross-stitch).
Less simply put “It starts with a simple X shaped stitch that is commonly embroidered with floss on an evenweave fabric. The cross stitch is repeated numerous times to create a design. Counted cross stitch designs are made by following a grid or chart where each square that contains a symbol represents 1 stitch.” (DMC-USA)
DMC-USA has lots of information for beginning cross-stitchers! I’ve looked at several different cross stitching sites and they seem to be the best organized.
- What stuff you need to buy before cross stitching
- Prep Work
- How to Read a Cross Stitch Pattern
Some video tutorials:
- Preparation! This will go over the materials you need and how to get started.
- Stitching! This goes over how to actually begin the actual cross stitching stitch.
If you’d like to make your own pattern from a file on your computer, click here. Just upload the picture you want, and the website does the rest of the work! It’s one of my favorite pattern websites (I like to use it for perler bead designs specifically since I do not cross stitch) because not only does it convert the image into a pattern but gives you several variations of how many colors you want in said pattern. It can be as simple or complex as you desire!
There is also this site, but it gives you less options. Make sure you leave it selected at the 1:1 ratio for cross-stitch.
And don’t forget! The library has plenty of books on cross-stitch on the third floor. Check one out today!
If anyone has advice they’d like to share for beginner cross-stitchers, comment below!