Cross stitch: what it is, how to do and tutorials for beginners

Some handicrafts go through a peak of fame and success then fall into oblivion. It was more or less what happened with the Cross Stitch, an embroidery technique that uses X-shaped stitches to make drawings. He returned to the scene in 2008 during the period that marked one of the biggest economic recessions in the world. At the time, young Englishmen began to make pieces in cross stitch in order to generate income.

Perhaps you do not know, but the cross stitch is the oldest embroidery technique that exists and can be found in cultures all over the world, including here in Brazil. You probably already had a cloth embroidered with the technique or a crocheted crocheted cloth.

The most interesting of these crafts is that it can be used in different places, in addition to the classic tablecloths and cloths, you can apply the technique on tablecloths, napkins, sheets, cushions, pictures, among others.

The cross stitch also allows for a plethora of designs. Formerly the most common were geometric shapes and flowers, nowadays, however, this has changed a lot and it is possible to see exceptional works. In 2006, the artist Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts reproduced in cross stitch all the 45 scenes painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. A job to fill your eyes.

And then let's start doing cross stitch too? Whether you are a beginner or not, today's post will bring useful and important tips to anyone who wants to pioneer the world of embroidery. Check with us:

How To Make Cross Stitch: Tips and Walkthroughs

Separate required materials

The first step for those who are starting to make cross stitch is to have in hand the right materials for the technique. See below which are:

  • Lines : The cross stitch lines are made with cotton yarn and also known by the name of skeins. You can easily find them in stocking stores and stencils in a multitude of colors. When embroidering it is important to loosen the threads that are twisted and knotted, but do not worry about that now, as we will show you a step by step showing how simple it is to loose the thread of the skein.
  • Fabric : Just like the right line, the right fabric is also key to perfect cross stitch work. Basically, every fabric with uniform wefts can be used for crafts, among them linen. But the most recommended, especially for those who are starting out, is a tissue known as Etamine. The etamine has an easy-to-work plot and can be found to sell by meter or already sewn into the barred of towels and dish cloths.
  • Needle : Thick-tipped needles are best suited for cross-stitch work, as they do not hurt the toes. Have at least two needles in case you lose any.
  • Scissors : Provide large and small scissors, both very well sharpened. The large will help you cut the fabric, the small is used to make the finish with the line.

Have graphics in hands

After separating the materials you will need to have graphics in hand to guide your work. These cross stitch charts are easily found on the internet. But you can also do them with your favorite design using computer programs like PCStitch or EasyCross.

Watch video lessons

The cross stitch is a simple and easy to do craftwork, but as all technique must be learned with those who already have experience. So the most recommended is to watch video lessons with professionals who can help you in this learning process. Youtube offers a series of free cross stitch videos. We select the most relevant for you to become familiar with. Check out:

How to draw the thread from the skein - Learning cross stitch

One of the first things you need to learn before you even give the first point is to separate the threads from the skein. But the video below clarifies this quickly and simply. Watch:

Cross stitch: Start, finish and perfect reverse

A basic and essential lesson for you to understand the complete process of cross stitch technique. Follow:

How to make cross stitch vertically

How to embroider cross stitch vertically and why? This is a very common question that deserves to be answered. See the video:

How to read cross stitch charts

Knowing how to read and interpret cross-stitch graphics correctly is fundamental to a well-crafted work. So watch the video below and do not get any more questions:

Beginner Cross Stitch Exercise

Nothing better than a few exercises to finally get your hands on the dough and learn everything that was seen in theory. This simple exercise will help you develop the technique, take a look:

Cross stitch heart for beginners

Some designs are simple and easy to run by beginners, one of them is the heart. That's why we selected this video lesson that teaches you the step by step of a beautiful heart in cross stitch. Check out:

How to make cross stitch letters

In this video you will learn how to make the first letter of the alphabet in uppercase. See the following step-by-step:

60 photos of cross stitch to embroider with this technique

Excited to get your embroidery? Well, you're going to stay even longer after checking out the selection of cross stitch photos below. It's 60 images to inspire you and, of course, give you the motivation to learn a little bit more each day. Check out:

Picture 1 - A typical floral embroidery made in cross stitch.

A typical floral embroidery made in cross stitch

Picture 2 - A fresh lemonade to decorate the house.

A fresh lemonade to decorate the house

Image 3 - Table path made in cross stitch and inspired by Japanese cuisine.

Table runner made in cross stitch and inspired by Japanese cuisine

Picture 4 - For the quarter of the lovebirds, a set of pillowcases embroidered in cross stitch.

Cross stitch: what it is, how to do and tutorials for beginners

Picture 5 - Make phrases, names and the words you want using the cross stitch.

Form phrases, names and words you want using cross stitch

Picture 6 - And you think it is only in the fabric that gives to cross stitch? An Eucatex screen was used here! Original and creative, is not it?

And you think it's only in the fabric that you can cross stitch? An Eucatex screen was used here! Original and creative, is not it?

Image 7 - Following the previous idea, the proposal here was to use a chair as a base for the cross stitch; any weft surface can be used for the art.

Following the previous idea, the proposal here was to use a chair as a base for the cross stitch; any weft surface can be used for the art

Picture 8 - Turning frame.

Turning frame

Image 9 - The map of the United States done in a very different way.

The map of the United States done in a very different way

Image 10 - Cross stitch combines a lot with children's themes; here it was used to create a mobile.

Cross stitch combines a lot with children's themes; here it was used to create a mobile

Image 11 - The cross stitch is also a great way to honor someone special.

The cross stitch is also a great way to honor someone special

Picture 12 - Flowers!

Flowers!

Image 13 - Those in love with coffee also get embroidery on cross stitch.

Coffee lovers also get cross stitch embroidery

Picture 14 - In the dome of the lamp! Have you ever thought of something like that?

In the dome of the lamp! Have you ever thought of something like that?

Picture 15 - And what do you think of cards printed in cross stitch?

And what do you think of cross stitch cards?

Picture 16 - A Christmas tree festooned with cross stitch appliqués is also going well.

A Christmas tree festooned with cross stitch appliqués also goes well

Picture 17 - You can transform the corridor of your house using Eucatex screen, lines and cross stitch.

You can transform the corridor of your house using Eucatex screen, lines and cross stitch

Picture 18 - Classic and delicate pillowcase

Cross stitch: what it is, how to do and tutorials for beginners

Image 19 - Engagement cross stitch version.

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Picture 20 - A picture full of good energies to decorate the house.

A picture full of good energy to decorate the house

Image 21 - Or with flamingos, the fashionable stamp.

Or with flamingos, the fashionable stamp

Image 22 - The unicorns also surrendered to the cross stitch.

The unicorns also surrendered to the cross stitch

Picture 23 - A declaration of love of the home written in cross stitch.

A declaration of love of home written in cross stitch

Image 24 - Delicate flowers embroidered on the table path.

Delicate embroidered flowers on the table path

Picture 25 - A simple comic for you to be inspired by technique.

A simple comic for you to be inspired by technique

Do you know those job titles? You can mount a cross stitch version.

Do you know those job bibs? You can mount a cross stitch version

Image 27 - The climate of mountains designed in embroidery.

The climate of mountains designed in embroidery

Image 28 - The Christmas theme could not be left out.

The Christmas theme could not be left out.

Image 29 - Book of verses and poems in cross stitch.

Book of verses and poems in cross stitch

Image 30 - Have you thought about making cross stitch in wood? Look what a fabulous job.

Ever thought of doing cross stitch in the wood? Look what a fabulous job.

Picture 31 - And the theme here is Halloween!

And the theme here is Halloween!

Image 32 - Santa flying over the city! It gives to travel in the imagination when doing cross stitch.

Santa flying over the city! It gives to travel in the imagination when doing cross stitch

Picture 33 - The wooden frame, that circle you see around the embroidery, facilitates the manual work.

The wooden frame, that circle you see around the embroidery, facilitates the manual work

Image 34 - Replace traditional frames with cross stitch models.

Replace traditional frames with cross stitch models

Picture 35 - And if the idea is to make a frame capriche in the choice of the frame.

And if the idea is to make a frame capriche in the choice of the frame

Image 36 - Mark pages in cross stitch.

Mark cross stitch pages

Image 37 - What do you think of a carpet with highlights?

What do you think of a rug with highlights?

Picture 38 - It looks like a painting, but it is cross stitch.

It looks like a painting, but it's cross stitch

Image 39 - Abstraction in cross stitch.

Abstraction in cross stitch

Image 40 - The traditional embroidered bath towels embroidered on a cross stitch, did you think they would be left out?

The traditional embroidered cross-stitched bath towels, did you think they would be left out?

Picture 41 - A kitten enjoying autumn!

A kitten enjoying autumn!

Image 42 - Autumn is also the theme in this other image.

Autumn is also the theme in this other image

Picture 43 - Screen embroidered in cross stitch to decorate the kitchen.

Embroidered canvas in cross stitch to decorate the kitchen

Image 44 - A color gradient values ​​the cross stitch, but works like this are indicated for those who already have more experience with the technique.

A color gradient values ​​the cross stitch, but works like this are indicated for those who already have more experience with the technique

Picture 45 - The charming cacti are also here.

The charming cacti are also here

Image 46 - Starting embroidering hearts is a good bet for anyone who is learning cross stitch.

Starting embroidery hearts is a good bet for anyone who is learning cross stitch

Image 47 - Cross-stitch letters are another way to learn technique.

Cross-stitch letters are another way of learning the technique

Picture 48 - Butterfly on cushion cover! Can it be more beautiful than that?

Butterfly on cushion cover! Can it be more beautiful than that?

Image 49 - The llama is also fashionable, take it to the cross stitch.

The llama is also fashionable, take it to the cross stitch

Picture 50 - Surrender the beauty of the panda bear.

Surrender the beauty of the panda bear

Picture 51 - With more time of experience you can do a work like this: full of delicacy.

With more experience time you can do a job like this: full of delicacy

Picture 52 - A colorful bunny and geometric shapes embroidered in cross stitch.

A colorful bunny with geometric shapes embroidered in cross stitch

Picture 53 - The beehive and its beehives

The beehive and its beehives

Image 54 - Do you want a different visual effect for your work in cross stitch? How about this then?

Do you want a different visual effect for your work in cross stitch? How about this then?

Picture 55 - Cross stitch does not have to be a pineapple; only in the drawing.

Cross stitch need not be a pineapple; just in the drawing

Image 56 - Washcloth rich in detail.

Towel rich in detail

Image 57 - Another idea to snatch the hearts: bag embroidered in cross stitch.

Another idea to snatch hearts: embroidered cross stitch bag

Image 58 - The whole family fits on the cross stitch.

It fits the whole family at cross stitch

Screenshot 59 - Read, interpret and reproduce the graph.

Read, interpret, and reproduce the chart

Image 60 - Frames embroidered in cross stitch are an excellent decorative option; you can do it for yourself, give away and even sell.

Frames embroidered in cross stitch are an excellent decorative option; you can do for yourself, give away and even sell

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