Cross Stitch is a fun and rewarding hobby. It is easy to create your own art to hang on a wall, embellish bags and home decor items and give as gifts.
It is inexpensive to get started, and only requires a few simple supplies and tools.
Fabric and floss, needle and hoop and you’re ready to stitch.
Most of a cross stitch project will be done with only one stitch. The “x” shape of the stitch is what gives it the name.
The small X’s work like pixels to make up the picture or design. Some designs have a lot of detail and colour shading to give very realistic pictures.
The repetitive motion of cross stitch is very meditative and it’s also a good project to work on while watching tv.
Don’t confuse cross stitch with surface embroidery. Those common stitches like back stitch, French knots and lazy daisy are occasionally used as embellishments on cross stitch, but normally they are worked on different types of fabric.
Surface embroidery sometimes involves cross stitches. These look like the stitches used in cross stitch, but they require a grid marked onto the fabric. If you want a large, detailed cross stitch design, cross stitch on aida cloth is the way to go.
Enjoy this relaxing and rewarding hobby.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.