Cross Stitch Introductory Basics

So you’re interested in giving cross stitch a try, but you have absolutely no idea how to get started. Not to worry, this video by Bothy Threads (another of my favorite designers) will give you an excellent introduction to the world of cross stitch, including what you’ll need to begin your own masterpiece.

If you’re all ready and raring to go, the next step is go out and buy the things you’ll need to start. Here’s a great supply list from DMC to help you get started. If you want to fast forward into a great new project, pick up a cross stitch kit – they come with a pattern, floss, fabric (usually aida fabric), and a needle to get you going. 123Stitch!, an excellent online needlework shop, has a wonderful selection of kits available for purchase.


Grab what you need, and feel free to share pictures, questions or comments about your first project here. Happy stitching!

WIPs: Story Time Sampler

This is a recent progress photo of one of my WIPs (Work In Progress), Story Time Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. This project is one that I started last year, but then put aside for others when the frames around each little picture felt too complicated to stitch quickly. Now that I am working on it again, my technique has improved enough that I am able to stitch up the frames more quickly and with a more uniform look. I hope to finish this one next Sunday during my weekly Sip and Stitch at Starbucks (more info can be found at Meetup), so you can look forward to a picture of the entire project thus far. Can you guess which storybook this picture is about?