Cross-stitching or even needlework, in general, can be intimidating to those who are interested and want to get started. Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting as browsing the craft supply store and seeing what you need to get started. Let’s take a look at the basic materials available to make your first cross stitch project.
The basics you always need
Embroidery scissors come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you don’t want that you don’t have to spend $30 on ginger scissors, a sharp “any” threaded scissors from your craft ship will work well to get you started and the cost is only $3 will be around for you. Once you’ve fallen in love with cross-stitch (and you like it), you can buy those fancy designer scissors if you want.
An embroidery hoop or stretcher frame to hold your fabric
Again, they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You don’t have to pull out all the stops and splurge on your first project. The $2 plastic hoop is definitely nice and it works. You can try a q-snap instead, which is commonly used in quilting but is also great for cross stitching! Later you will find some expensive and useful scrollbar frames, sewing stands, and all sorts of other nice things.
If you are just starting out with an embroidery kit, a needle or two will likely be included. However, it is always a good idea to have some extras and they are not expensive. Personally, I prefer the John James Pettit needles because they rarely break and don’t mark me.
A place to store it when you’re not working on your cross stitch project
It will probably cost you nothing at first. You may have a tote bag or Rubbermaid box in your living room where you work completely. A place to store your project materials when not in use to avoid losing wires or accidentally damaging the project.
If you have toddlers in the house, I highly recommend a small Rubbermaid box with a lid without deciding to paint your clothes with a highlighter. That’s a story for another day.
Of course, these are just the “extra stuff” you need to get started, so let’s take a look at the project content so you can choose the fun parts a little more carefully.
Your cross stitch project materials
First, you need to decide if you want to buy a kit or cross-stitch patterns maker from a brochure or magazine design, or if you have a free cross-stitch pattern from the internet that you have downloaded and want to sew.
Cross stitch is a form of embroidery, a way of printing some kind of art on fabric. While cloth stencils or machine-driven textile printers aren’t as irritating, more intricate and elaborate designs are hand-stitched onto rich fabrics.
This kind of needlework has grown into a business empire for those with a passion for art as a home hobby. It caught on with more and more fans willing to pay for more embroidery supplies. Although it used to be another household activity, now you can easily put it on a travel kit and take it with you to work whenever you have free time.
The therapeutic benefits of stinging as a hobby have not been sufficiently reiterated. Working on a sewing project is a very peaceful activity for many. The repetitive act of stitching each “x” on the fabric’s sewing hole can be a form of meditation for those who are busy and have active days. It is very comfortable and the end result can be used for personal use or as gifts for special people in their lives.
Learning how to make a cross-stitch is interesting for those who don’t want a very challenging past that requires technical skills because it is a really easy embroidery stitch to work with. Basically, only an “x” mark should be made on the fabric by making two diagonal stripes.
There is a wide variety of designs available in classic designs such as Celtic cross stitch designs, Irish, Italian, and other excellent artistic design styles. These intricate and antique designs are very popular.
You can also get free Celtic cross stitch pattern designs or other favorite designs online. Many sewing enthusiasts are very generous with their designs, trivia, hints, tips, and other helpful hints to facilitate or enhance your chosen projects.
Also, simply designed patterns can be sewn onto the fabric and such simple fabrics can be transformed into cooler or dressier dresses with hip details. A simple white dress can also be transformed into a dramatic dress for an event or party suitable for a date.