Monthly Archives: April 2019

General Benefits of Cross Stitch

A close up on a stitched honey comb pattern with cross stitch bees on a blue-grey aida background

            There are many benefits to cross stitch, and when stitchers are asked, their responses usually fall into one of these categories: Focus:  Stitching allows the mind to concentrate on one thing, instead of being distracted or scattered over everything else that is going on.  It provides a distraction from worry, and the creative process is often associated […]

It’s the Count that COUNTS

What’s the difference in the various sizes of holes and threads, or “counts” of aida cross stitching cloth? That’s a question that is often asked by beginners, and even more experienced stitchers are sometimes a little fuzzy on the definitions. The term “count” refers to the number of threads, holes or stitches (which will all […]

How to Cross Stitch in 10 Simple Steps

A close up on a needle with yellow floss being inserted into white, gridded aida fabric

By Donna Murphy 1.  Assemble your gear Pattern Fabric Floss Needle Scissors (these are the essentials) Pink and Yellow Highlighters Hoop or Qsnap Needleminder (these are helpful but not essential) 1    2. Find the center stitch on your pattern. Look for the little triangle arrows at the top and the left side. Whether the arrow is pointing to […]

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