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Cross stitch embroidery is one of the most appealing methods of embroidery. This method can create marvelous designs and art pieces. Cross stitches are widely used as fillers. As the name says, the entire stitching process is about making ‘crosses’. 

Fabrics used in cross-stitch are linen, aida, and mixed-content fabrics called ‘evenweave’ such as jobelan. All cross-stitch fabrics are technically “evenweave” as the term refers to the fact that the fabric is woven to make sure that there are the same number of threads per inch in both vertically and horizontally.

Cross stitch embroidery

Cross-stitch is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world since the middle ages. Many folk museums show examples of clothing decorated with cross-stitch, especially from continental Europe and Asia.

Traditionally, cross-stitch was used to embellish items like household linens, tablecloths, dishcloths, and doilies. Although there are many cross-stitchers who still employ it in this fashion, it is now increasingly popular to work the pattern on pieces of fabric and hang them on the wall for decoration. Cross-stitch is also often used to make greeting cards, pillow tops, or as inserts for box tops, coasters and trivets.

Although cross stitching looks difficult, but it is easier than it appears to be.   


  • An embroidery hoop
  • Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
  • Pencil 
  • Small scissors 
  • Small pieces of cotton fabric
  • Normal cotton thread
  • Ruler 
Cross stitch embroidery

We have brought you the simplest step by step method to get working the infamous Cross stitch right now.

  1. As a beginner, it is recommended to draw two straight parallel lines on the practice fabric with pencil. First, pull out the needle with thread from the fabric from below side, pointing out through one of the lines.
  2. Now take the needle to the other line side and put it through the fabric a bit forward from the direct opposite of the previous hole. But not to put the entire needle through, bring it up again through the point just opposite to the very first hole.
  3. Now pull the needle up through the fabric and take the needle journey across the diagonal line formed right above the very first point. 

And that’s it! You’ve made your first cross stitch. Just continuing this process in various directions as desired will produce your wised design. 

Cross stitch embroidery

And to make the cross stitch as filler, you just need to make the cross really small and dense. Doing this produces design and art pieces which look very similar to pixel arts.

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