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Embroidery for beginners

If you’re not one hundred percent familiar with embroidery it truly can become a djungle of terms and techniques to get tangled up in. But not to worry, young padawan, it’s not that hard, really. And we’ll help you along the way. In this post we’ll go deeper into techniques and pattern tips for those of you who aren’t yet a cross-stitch Jedi master.  

There are a number of terms that can be of use if you’re not yet familiar with them, though. Like, Aida cloth, ply and tapestry needle as a few examples. Check out our full (no stress, it’s fairly short) glossary list if you want some clarification of those. 


OK, let’s get on with. You’ve never done this before, where do you start?

Well, with an embroidery kit, of course! In our beginners patterns you get everything you need to get going.

  1. Design and cross stitch chart
  2. Fabric (Aida cloth)
  3. Floss
  4. Embroidery needle
(If you want some extra help keeping the fabric taut, we recommend you to get yourself an embroidery hoop, too.)

Basic techniques

When you now got all that you need equipment wise it’s good to understand the basics of embroidery, like cross-stitching, the most common and easy way to embroider. A cross-stitch consists of two crossed stitches (duh?), where the upper stitches are always stitched in the same direction. 

If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty part, check out our full guide of cross-stitching as a technique right here.

Reading the cross stitch chart

Included in the kit is also your cross-stitch chart and this little fella tells you where to stitch and what color of floss to use. Fancy that, right? The grid on your cross stitch chart corresponds to the weave of the fabric, and each colored square on the chart represents one cross stitch. Again, easy as pie. 

When you’re ready to start

When you’re ready to begin your new cross stitch project, it is a good idea to start stitching in the middle of the design. To do that, fold your fabric in half, both height and width and try finding a big block in the pattern, close to the center, with the same color in it. It’s gonna be easier to start with.  Then cut a piece of your thread about 50-60 cm in length and thread your needle. Avoid tying a knot at the end, it can cause tangling, anger and especially lumps. And now? Start creating your masterpiece! 

Keep on reading! We’ve got the best tips for how to take care of that wonderful piece when you’re done!


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