MUST-HAVE BEGINNER CROSS STITCH SUPPLIES YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

October 29, 2019 6 Comments

It might not always be possible to find cross stitch supplies near you, but the good news is that all the must-haves you need to get started are easily available online. We’ve put together a list of six must-haves if you’re just getting started with cross stitch, as well as the best places to find them. There’s no need to be overwhelmed if you’re just starting out - a couple of clicks and off you go!

SIX CROSS STITCH SUPPLIES FOR BEGINNERS

1. Fabric

If you’re new to cross stitch then the best fabric option is 'aida' in a light colour. With over 100 years in the trade, Zweigart manufactures the highest quality fabrics around and aida is by far the most popular. Aida comes as a choice in every Caterpillar Cross Stitch kit.

Aida fabric is essentially a gridded cotton that is categorised by its 'count.' The smaller the number is, the bigger the stitches and the fewer stitches there are in a one inch length. 6 count aida is great for children to learn on. For adults getting started, try 14 count aida to begin with. Other popular cross stitch fabrics are evenweave and linens. Read more about fabric types here.

 

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2. Thread

You’ll commonly hear embroidery thread referred to as “floss” particularly in the USA. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton and with a huge colour range, one of the most well-known suppliers of floss is DMC. DMC threads are extremely lustrous and silky, making them easy to work with, strong and beautiful. The threads are totally colourfast and won’t shrink or run in the wash if you’re careful with them. DMC thread is the choice for every Caterpillar Cross Stitch kit but other established and widely-used brands include Anchor and Sublime. You can also choose from a number of independent suppliers who hand dye threads!

 

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3. Scissors

The most important thing about embroidery scissors is that they have a very small, sharp point that makes them ideal to undo stitches and snip threads cleanly. There are all kinds of vintage scissors and unique designs to choose from, just like our special stork scissors.

 

cross stitch supplies scissors

 

4. Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery hoops might be plastic or wood and which you choose depends on the feel you prefer. A decent quality wooden hoop is a great choice to get started and is available from a small 4” size right up to a large 18” or 19” hoop.

Starting with an average hoop, around 7” in diameter, will be versatile for most projects as you don’t need to get all of a design into the hoop at the same time. Make sure the fabric is pulled taut inside the hoop before you start so that the tension of your stitching is good. A tiny screwdriver is handy to make sure you can tighten the little brass screw and get the best tension. You’ll know you’ve done this when you tap the fabric and it sounds like a drum. Our favourite brand is Elbesee.

5. Pattern

If you’re a beginner at cross stitch, look for simple instructions and stitches to begin with. Whole stitches are the easiest and back stitching for some is more advanced. A decent pattern will include a colour pattern and chart so that you know which colour thread to stitch with and where. Caterpillar Cross Stitch patterns are professionally printed in colour. Our digital patterns come in colour and black and white. The centre of the pattern is almost always marked with two red lines that cross in the centre. 

 

cross stitch supplies patterns

 

6. Needle and Needle Minders

The best needle for a beginner is a tapestry needle which has a slightly blunter end than a normal sewing needle. Gold-plated needles are fantastic as they don’t rust to leave marks on your fabric and the threads glide nicely through the eye. Read our guide to choosing the right needle and fabric here or perhaps invest in a sweet needle minder to make sure that once you’ve got your needle, it never gets lost again!

 

cross stitch supplies needle minders

 

Having cross stitch supplies to hand is the best idea for beginners to cross stitch as it makes projects easy to pick up and work on whenever you have a moment. The initial investment is very inexpensive and you’ll quickly reap the rewards of an enjoyable learning curve, lots of fun projects and of course, a huge output of gorgeous needlework!

Visit our cross stitch kits and supplies HERE.



6 Responses

webmasterParm
webmasterParm

November 14, 2019

Профессиональные услуги дизайнера
У нас найдется множество заказов для всех креативных и творческих мастеров, которые не желают похоронить свой талант!
Здесь можно искать заказчиков по таким направлениям, как:
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Valensia Nob
Valensia Nob

November 01, 2019

Профессиональные услуги дизайнера
У нас найдется подработка для всех творческих людей, которые не желают зарывать свой талант!
Тут можно искать заказчиков по вот таким направлениям, как:
дизайн, живопись, моделирование и чертеж, полиграфия и верстка, создание маркет-китов, лого, брендбуков и много другого!
Это легко и быстро – заказчики ищут вас и желают сделать у вас заказ.
Всё для бизнеса, получите бесплатно тестовую подписку.

Sharon Musser
Sharon Musser

October 31, 2019

Counted cross stitch is one of my favorite hobbies. When purchasing kits, I usually switch out the fabric included for even weave. Quarter stitches are so much easier to make. I’ve received purple ribbons at both county and state fairs for my work.

Sue Rowley
Sue Rowley

October 31, 2019

My sewing kit also includes a stitch unpicker and a small but wide screwdriver for tightening the screws in my hoop, and a highlighter for marking off completed stitches on my working copy of the pattern. If I am just starting on a new piece my kit would also include some Easy Count Guideline for gridding the fabric.

SALLY WILSON
SALLY WILSON

October 30, 2019

Hi Donna, you can purchase a Mind needle minder here (all prices are shown on the listing) https://www.caterpillarcrossstitch.com/collections/best-sellers/products/needle-minder-you-are-enough

Donna Painter
Donna Painter

October 29, 2019

where do we buy NEW ‘MIND’ CHARITY NEEDLE MINDERS and how much are they?

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