I don’t include instructions with my cross stitch patterns, so here are some resources for beginners. I did a lot of cross stitching after graduating from my Fashion Design program many years ago. When I started back up cross stitching after a hiatus of many years of different jobs, mostly all related to Art and Design and particularly Textile Arts in most recent years, I figured I knew a lot, but wow, was I surprised to find out there were so many things I didn’t know that could help me become more proficient about this craft.
I have saved a whole lot of time by learning some great tips, basically starting from the ground up again, from those who have years more of experience than I do in cross stitching! I feel I could still learn so much more. Here are some links that I highly recommend and several of them are YouTube videos, many of them you can watch while stitching. I’m Canadian, so I’ll mention the Canadian links I follow and I will keep updating my list whenever I can. This is just a start!
FlossTube Channels /Cross Stitch Experts
Modern Folk Embroidery – cross-stitch designs by Jacob de Graaf inspired by centuries of arts & crafts. He also sells period sampler reproduction charts based on samplers in my personal collection. His website is https://www.modernfolkembroidery.com/ and there are many beautiful designs to choose from.
Maximum Cross Stitch Power Hour with Ellen Reid – (Canadian) From her YouTube description – “YouTube channel where I talk about cross stitch and whatever the heck else” I love watching her while I stitch!
Important YouTube Cross Stitch Topics to search for –
I’ve done the searches for you below!
What type of stand/hoop do I use for Cross Stitch?
I am currently using a Morgan Lap Stand for sitting in a comfy chair watching Netflix and I also use Tapestry Scroll frames that I have always loved to use. There are lots of stitchers who use q snap frames, which I have never tried, and I would also love to try out some other beautifully hand-crafted needlework stands I have seen online. I would love a table top stand.
Other Sites of Interest
The V & A Museum – Embroidery
The RSN – The Royal School of Needlework – If I were to go back to formal studies, this is the only school I would wish to go to!