How to Start a Cross Stitch

Hey πŸ™‚

As you may be aware today is Wednesday and I’ve decided to make Wednesday my blog day! πŸ™‚ In hopes of me blogging more on a regular bases for you guys. πŸ™‚

Now trust me when I say cross stitching is super easy, I swear. I saw someone comment on quirkyhannah‘s cross stitching post that they were given a lot of cross stitching for Christmas πŸŽ„ but didn’t know how to start them off. So because of that comment I decided to make a mini series on how to start cross stitching and do different types of stitches. πŸ™‚ It’s fairly easy to start off a cross stitch, it’s best to start in the middle of the fabric and work your way out. To find the middle just simply fold the fabric in half and half again. Where the fold crosses is the centre of your fabric and this is the best place to start. Work out which colour thread is stitched closest to the centre and start with this. To determine this every chart has symbols which correspond to a thread colour in the key.

Now there are two ways to start off a cross stitch, my way or the loop start. My way is to start by threading two strands of coloured thread through the eye of the needle like in the picture. πŸ™‚IMG_3953.jpg

Bring your needle up through the top left corner of your fabric, making sure you leave a little bit of thread at the back. This is so you can secure it when you do your second half of the cross stitch.IMG_3954


Next put your needle down the bottom right corner, making the first arm of your stitch.IMG_3956

To make the second arm of the cross stitch, bring your needle up through the top right corner and down through the bottom left corner. Make you sure as you bring your needle back through to the front, the end of the thread will be secured between the fabric and the thread.IMG_3957



And there you have your first cross stitch. πŸ™‚ As you stitch more, the end of the thread will be secured more behind the stitches. πŸ™‚


The loop start is quite simple, start off with one strand of thread with the two ends through the eye of the needle so that you have a loop. XDIMG_3965

Start by bringing you needle up through the top left, leaving a loop at the back. Make your first arm by again putting the needle down through the right bottom corner. Secure your thread by passing your needle through the loop at the back. πŸ™‚IMG_3966





Again make the second half of your stitch by putting the needle through the top right corner and down the left bottom corner.

You can start your cross stitch which ever way you find the easiest as both lead to a cross stitch and secured thread and neater looking back. πŸ™‚

Once I’ve secured my thread I normally make a row of first stitches if there is a big block of that colour, then finish of the stitches by going back the other way. But of course you can cross stitch which ever way you want. πŸ™‚IMG_3961


Well now you know how to start off a cross stitch theres no excuse not to give it a go. πŸ˜€ If you have any questions go ahead and ask and I’ll try my best to answer them. πŸ™‚ Next in the series I’ll give a little guide on how to back stitch so watch out for that. πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading and I hope this post was helpful.

Emz xxx




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