Learn How to Cross Stitch Part 5: How to Backstitch

  Welcome back to our learn how to cross stitch series! In today’s post I will be teaching you how to do the backstitch, which is a basic embroidery stitch that is used in cross stitching to add a border or other details. This simple stitch can be used in almost every needle craft, and will be an essential addition to your stitching repertoire. Let’s get started!   (Learn better with video tutorials? Check out my Youtube video demonstrating How to Back Stitch below or on my channel E’Claire Makery!)   The Backstitch Backstitching will appear in a pattern as lines that run along the edge of the squares that make up the cross stitch grid. Here on my Napricot cross stitch recipe, the Zs are made from backstitches. 1. To begin the back stitch, thread your needle and insert it up through one…

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 4 – Danish Cross Stitch Method

Welcome back to our Learning How to Cross Stitch series! So far we’ve learned what supplies you need, how to prepare your fabric, and how to do the English Cross Stitch Method. In this post, I will be teaching you how to do the Danish Cross Stitch Method. This cross stitch method creates a complete stitch individually instead of in rows at a time. It is a great method for doing a color that only requires a few stitches, or that involves a varying pattern in one color. Let’s get started! Learn better through videos rather than pictures? Here’s the full length video tutorial of this post! Danish Cross Stitch Method Picture Tutorial Start the same way that you do with the English method, by inserting the needle up through the bottom left corner of the stitch. Pull the thread through, leaving a small…

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 3 – English Cross Stitch Method

Welcome back to our Learning How to Cross Stitch series! So far we’ve learned what supplies we need, and how to prepare our fabric. Now it’s time for part 3 where you finally begin stitching. In this post I will be teaching you the English method of cross stitch, where one line of diagonal halves of the stitches are worked and then the other half worked back across. This method is great for working a large portion of rows that are the same color. Let’s begin! (Learn better through video tutorials rather than pictures? Here’s the full length video of this post)   English Cross Stitch Method Picture Tutorial To start, thread your needle and insert it up through the bottom left corner of one of the squares in the center of the fabric. Pull your thread through, and leave about a…

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 2 – Preparing Fabric for Stitching

Welcome to part 2 of our Learn How to Cross Stitch series! Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, you are ready to begin cross stitching. The first step in the cross stitching process is preparing your fabric for stitching by: finding the center of your fabric and putting the embroidery hoop on. Finding the Center of Your Fabric Cross stitch patterns are stitched by beginning in the center of the design and working your way outward. The patterns will have arrows on the side that point you to the center of the design, so you’ll have to find the center of your fabric in order to start stitching. Here are some tips on how to find the center of your fabric:                                                 &nbsp…

Learn How to Cross Stitch: Part 1 – Supplies

(This post may be sponsored or contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. See my full affiliate disclosure here.) Have you wanted to learn how to cross stitch, but have never known where to get started? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog series, Learn How to Cross Stitch, I will be walking you through a step by step tutorial on how to cross stitch including: supplies needed, English and danish cross stitch methods, backstitching, and other tips and tricks I have picked up along the way. I always encourage people to learn how to cross stitch because it is such an easy craft to learn. You use one stitching technique in a variety of ways to create beautiful pictures out of thread. Since you use one main…