Cross Stitch Basics

For the beginner, basic guides to cross stitching from needles to thread to helpful tips.


See info on Affiliate links below.


Cross Stitch

A beginner's step-by-step guide to techniques and motifs. by Charlotte Gerlings - Paperback - Published 2012 Affiliate Link to Amazon


Cross Stitch For Beginners

n this leaflet, you'll find step-by-step instructions for learning how to cross stitch along with 11 charted designs and 2 charted alphabets. by Leisure Arts - Paperback - Published 1991 Affiliate Link to Amazon

Anchoring Floss - Waste Knot

Instructions with illustrations on how to beginning stitching using the waste knot method. Scarlet Quince


Anchoring Floss - Loop Method (Video)

Learn how to use the loop method to secure embroidery floss.

Anchoring Floss - Waste Knot

How to use a waste knot to start a new thread.

Anchoring Floss - Waste Knot

Illustrations and information on how use a waste knot to anchor a new thread in cross stitching. Better Cross Stitch Patterns

Anchoring Floss- Waste Knot Method

Illustrations and instructions for using the waste knot method for starting a new threads Ellen Maurer-Stroh

Basic Cross Stitch Information

Items discussed are how to find the center of your chart, center of the fabric, basic cross stitch stitches, reading the chart and more. Caron Collection


Cross Stitch A Row

This video by will show and explain how to cross stitch a row. To do this, you normally stitch the rows horizontally from left to right. But it can be stitched right to left. Learn how.

Cross Stitch Basics

learn stitch basics, thread basics and fabric basics. The Cross Stitchers Guild

Cross Stitch Basics - Complete a cross stitch row

With illustration and instructions learn the proper way to complete a cross stitch row. Better Cross Stitch Patterns



Prepare cloth for cross stitching by placing masking tape or painter's tape around the edge of the fabric. This will stop fabric from fraying.


Ending Floss (Ending Thread)

How to secure or end floss on the back of a project by running the threaded needle under the previously stitched threads.

Ending Thread

How to secure thread at the end. Beter Homes and Garden

Ending Thread

How to bury the thread - ending thread. Better Cross Stitch Patterns

Fabric - Aida and Evenweave

How many strands of embroidery floss should I use with cross stitching fabric.

Fabric - Cross Stitch Fabric

A guide to cross stitch fabrics. Thread Bear


Floss - How to Separate Strands of Embroidery Floss

This video will show you how to quickly and easily separate strands of embroidery floss without tangling.

Hoop - Avoid Catching Floss on Hoop and Fabric

Tips on how to avoid catching the floss on the embroidery hoop.

Hoop - Hoop Creases

How to avoid hook creases in cross stitch fabric.

Hoop - Hooping Fabric

How to put cross stitch fabric in a hoop.

Hoop or Frame

How to select a needlework hoop or frame. eHow

New to Stitching?

Top Tips for Beginners – If you are new to cross stitch, follow these tips to get you off to a good start. Stitcher

Organizing Floss

One of the most important aspect of stitching a design with many floss colors is the job of keeping those colors organized. Click here for helpful hints. Teresa Wentzler Collection

Stitch Count to Finished Project Size in Inches

How to determine the size of a finished cross stitch project? Better Cross Stitch Patterns

Tips for Beginners

Counted cross stitch is the most popular form of embroidery in the United States today. It's widely accepted because it's easy. and it offers such an exciting array of project design books. Here are some tips if you are just beginning. Caron Collection

Using Variegated Threads for Dramatic Effects

Caron Collection

Please be advised that some of the product and other links displayed above may be affiliate links. When you click on links to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. Please see our Affiliate Statement for more information. Please Contact Us if you have any questions.

A word from our Sponsors

Help us keep this site free and updated by purchasing from our sponsors!

  • Article Image

    Craft Books has a huge selection of craft books listed by category. TRY THIS LINK TO FIND CRAFT BOOKS! e

  • Article Image

    Annie's Online Store

    Annie's is your one-stop-shop for all your crafting supplies - crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, beading, card marking, yarn, sewing and quilting fabric and notions, and more! SHOP NOW...

  • Article Image

    CreateForLess - Shop and Save

    Save on over 60,000 brand name craft supplies at Shop for beading, sewing, scrapbooking, kids, crochet, quilting, card making and lots of other supplies in the convenience of your home. SHOP NOW!

  • Article Image

    Michael's - Shop for Needlework and Sewing Supplies at Michael's

    Shop at Michaels for floss, kits, needlepoint supplies, thread, bobbins fabric and more. Enjoy the convenience of having the supplies shipped directly to your home. START SHOPPING NOW FOR NEEDLEWORK AND SEWING SUPPLIES. e

  • Article Image

    Michaels App

    Get the Michaels App! The easiest way to shop at Michaels! Download Today.

Site Search


Follow us On Social Media

Custom Search

RefundSweeper-Button CreativeBug Embroidery160x320 Craft Daily 150 x 150 Annies CrossStitch 300x250 Annies General 300x250