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This Is How All Cross Stitch Beginners Should Start

Jan 18, 2008
When you first start out with a new hobby the tendency is to run before you can walk and cross stitch is no exception. I remember my first attempt, when a cross stitch beginner, it was a large wall hanging of some mice with a grandfather clock and although it was a complete kit, I still hadn't got a clue what I was doing! There were around 30 different colors and millions of stitches to do but I wanted something impressive. Needless to say it didn't take me long to give up on that particular design!

The best thing a cross stitch beginner can do is learn the basics before they attempt to stitch anything and the following two sites teach everything that you will need to know to stitch your first masterpiece:

www(dot)yarntree(dot)com/007begin(dot)htm What a fun site this is. There's a cross stitch chart on this site that's free and comes with the directions you need to stitch the pattern. Moreover, the site lists what items you need to buy if you're new to cross stitch. As you explore, you'll discover information on lots of cross stitch topics. You can learn about such topics as fabric choices and how you make your first stitches. Even more advanced stitchers can find something of interest here.

www(dot)caron-net(dot)com/patguide(dot)html This second site has loads of hints and tips to help make counted cross stitch easier for all levels, not just beginners. After reading it I must admit that I learnt a few new things and so this is the perfect site for our newbie brothers and sisters. There's information on fabrics, flosses, basic stitches and more advanced ones and the bonus is that new hints and tips are added every month making this site one to add to your favorites list.

After you visit these sites, you'll have a better idea how to create your first cross stitch project. Your next step will be to locate a pattern you like. Your choices can seem endless when you first take a look around the internet. Actually, many of the patterns you'll find aren't suited to a beginner. You need to pick a pattern that is easy for someone who's just starting to cross stitch.

Well I suggest www(dot)cross-stitch-academy(dot)com/beginners/beginners(dot)html as your first stop. Here you can find eight great little patterns that include the chart, a picture of the finished design (which is always helpful) and an easy to understand floss chart. Each of the eight designs are explained step by step and color by color until the last stitches are made which is an absolutely fantastic way to show a beginner.

The site is so easy to understand that it is suitable for children and what is more, all eight designs are absolutely free to download. There are a couple of simple motifs, a bouquet, a first border pattern, an Easter project, a Christmas project and a pretty little Mothers Day project as well which means there is something for everyone. Also the same site has a number of more advanced patterns for when our beginners gain their feet that include very clear instructions, and a self-explanatory symbol key.

When you get bored by this site, or just too good at stitching, then you can also try www(dot)dltk-kids(dot)com/type/crossstitch (dot)htm where there are loads of free beginner patterns to choose from. Technically this site is a children's site but I regularly visit and download a couple of easy patterns for my cross stitch beginner daughter and the odd one for me.

The site has many lovely patterns, including favorites such as a dog, a cute ladybug, a turtle, a cat, a chicken, and a great frog. Your choices don't end there. You'll also find holiday patterns on this site, including a pattern you can make to celebrate Mother's Day.

The wonderful thing about cross stitch is it's a hobby filled with possibilities. Even if you are a cross stitch beginner, you'll easily be able to find terrific patterns to follow. As your skills increase, even more options will become available. With a little practice and patience, before you know it you'll soon be a cross stitch pro!
About the Author
Julia Wigham is a professional writer and co-founder of Patterns Patch cross stitch forums. An online cross stitch community whose subscribers get free: patterns, articles and tutorials. Come to our colorful => cross stitch blogs right now.
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