If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cross stitch but need help figuring out where to start, this post is for you. Let’s understand the essential parts of a cross stitch kit and how it works. There are tips on choosing equipment that fits your needs so you can start immediately!
A cross-stitch chart is a graph-like representation of the finished work. It details where to place stitches and the colours that should be used. A symbol key is printed at the bottom of the chart so you can easily decode each symbol as you encounter it. Signs are typically indicated by letters and numbers but may include other designs, such as hearts, flowers or arrows. The chart will show how many rows of stitching are needed for each part of your project.
If it’s an alphabet or number chart, there will be several boxes with different numbers inside them; this means each box represents one number or letter. If your pattern uses multiple colours within its design scheme, there will be an additional representation on your chart showing which colour to use, along with its symbol code(s).
A cross-stitch pattern is a visual representation of your finished design. It shows you where to place each colour of thread and stitches used to create the project. The pattern comes in many forms, graphs, charts, and pictures, but all contain the same information:
- Symbol key – A symbol key helps you understand what each symbol in the cross-stitch pattern means. For example, it shows how many strands of floss should be used for each stitch type, such as a single or two strands.
- Colour chart – A colour chart assigns colours to specific squares so you can tell which colours go where on your project. Colour charts might also include other information like design size, floss requirements, and how much thread you’ll need for this project.
Fabric is a vital part of any cross stitch kit. It can be found in different sizes, colours and counts. The most popular fabric size for cross stitch kits is 14-count, but you can also find 10-count or 18-count. The higher the number means more holes per inch; therefore, it takes longer to complete a project using this type of fabric because your stitches will be smaller.
When buying a cross stitch kit, you need to know what kinds of needles to use. The size determines how small or large your stitches will be and affects the ease of use. Generally speaking, smaller needles are better for beginners because they’re easier to hold and less prone to slipping out of your hands when starting. Larger needles are typically used by experienced stitchers who want thinner lines.
Flosses are made from 100% cotton and come in many different colours, so there’s no shortage of options for choosing your favourite hues. Some kits also come with these threads; others might not include them at all, but don’t worry: for most projects that require stitching multiple colours together, this is easy enough to do yourself once everything else has been put together!
You’ll get a needle, fabric and thread to make your design. The thread is usually pre-wound onto bobbins. The chart will have the design printed and directions for how large you want to make it. Many cross stitch kits come with an organiser or storage box for keeping everything together in one place.