Cross stitch is a very affordable and fun hobby. You don’t need much to get started. In fact, you can purchase everything you’ll need for under $100, maybe even cheaper! Below are some recommendations for what to buy for cross stitching.
If you’ve never stitched before, check out this beginner tutorial for cross stitch. It goes over everything you need to know to get started, including an in depth look into choosing fabric, basic stitches, reading a pattern, and starting a project.
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Aida fabric is the best for beginners because the weave of the fabric is a bit larger and easier to follow. It comes in different counts, which I go over more in depth in this beginners guide. One of the most common sizes is 14 count.
You’ll want to have both embroidery and tapestry needles on hand depending on the stitches you’re doing.
Cross stitch traditionally uses 2 strands of thread, and this kind of thread is easily divisible so 6 strand cotton embroidery floss is one of the most common types to use. I prefer to use DMC because they have a large variety of colors and the thread is colorfast, which means that it won’t bleed onto the fabric or fade over time.
This is optional, but if you’re working with a more pliable fabric, a hoop is recommended! You’ll want to choose a hoop size based on whatever size the project is that you are working on.
A pair of sharp embroidery scissors is a must to cut your thread.
Patterns are great to use, especially when you’re first getting started. You can check out some of my favorites that are available on Etsy here.
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Amanda is a hand embroidery artist and teacher. With over 15 years of experience in the craft industry and embroidery, she owns and runs Crewel Ghoul, sharing tutorials and patterns to help inspire fellow crafters to get inspired and creative. In addition to running this website, she teaches on Skillshare and Youtube.