We all like to jump right in when we're excited about something new, like a new hobby. Cross stitch is no exception. Many of us try to tackle a project that's simply too big when we first start out. We overlook that we're a cross stitch beginner, and we buy a kit that overwhelms us. It's easy to end up with a half-completed project this way. Many kits have complicated patterns, a myriad of threads, and complex stitches. Jumping into the deep end can cause you to get discouraged almost immediately.
As a cross stitch beginner, you should take the time to learn the craft. Thankfully, it's easy to find the resources you need to learn this skill. A couple of great websites exist that can help you master the basics of cross stitch:
www(dot)yarntree(dot)com/007begin(dot)htm What a fun site this is. There's a cross stitch chart on this site that's free and comes with the directions you need to stitch the pattern. Moreover, the site lists what items you need to buy if you're new to cross stitch. As you explore, you'll discover information on lots of cross stitch topics. You can learn about such topics as fabric choices and how you make your first stitches. Even more advanced stitchers can find something of interest here.
www(dot)caron-net(dot)com/patguide(dot)html Even if you are no longer a cross stitch beginner, you'll find this second site helpful. The site contains a wealth of cross stitch information. You can find tips about specific stitches, suggestions when it comes to fabric choices, and ideas on the best way to use various flosses. Moreover, every few weeks more information is added, so this is a site you'll want to visit on a regular basis.
After you visit these sites, you'll have a better idea how to create your first cross stitch project. Your next step will be to locate a pattern you like. Your choices can seem endless when you first take a look around the internet. Actually, many of the patterns you'll find aren't suited to a beginner. You need to pick a pattern that is easy for someone who's just starting to cross stitch.
Here's a tip--go to www(dot)cross-stitch-academy(dot)com/beginners/beginners(dot)html when you first start looking. This is a great site with eight terrific patterns for beginners. Each pattern has a chart that shows you which colors to use, directions on how to stitch the picture, and an illustration showing how the finished project will look.
What's nice about this site is that you can find all sorts of patterns, including a pretty border, some holiday patterns, and lovely flowers. Even children who are just learning to stitch will be able to follow these patterns. If you're no longer a beginning stitcher, you'll find patterns for you on the site as well. These patterns, like the ones for beginners, include easy-to-follow instructions.
When you get bored by this site, or just too good at stitching, then you can also try www(dot)dltk-kids(dot)com/type/crossstitch (dot)htm where there are loads of free beginner patterns to choose from. Technically this site is a children's site but I regularly visit and download a couple of easy patterns for my cross stitch beginner daughter and the odd one for me.
If you're an animal lover, you'll find patterns for a chicken, a cat, a dog, a frog, a ladybug, and even a cute turtle. This site also has delightful holiday patterns and pretty patterns for the seasons. Each pattern can be printed and comes with directions and an explanation of the floss required.
The wonderful thing about cross stitch is it's a hobby filled with possibilities. Even if you are a cross stitch beginner, you'll easily be able to find terrific patterns to follow. As your skills increase, even more options will become available. With a little practice and patience, before you know it you'll soon be a cross stitch pro!
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Patterns Patch cross stitch community features more than 150 cross stitch charts available for John Wigham's club members with many suitable for a cross stitch beginner.
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