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 with 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 – absolutely beautiful cross-stitch designs by Jacob de Graaf inspired by centuries of arts & crafts. He also sells period sampler reproduction charts based on samplers in his personal collection. His website is https://www.modernfolkembroidery.com/ and there are many gorgeous designs to choose from. His FlossTube Videos are a wealth of information as well.
Off the Grid Needlearts – (Canadian) – A stitching podcast I’ve been watching that I found out about through watching Modern Folk Embroidery. She sells some project kits of his and also supplies like Leo&Roxy Yarn Co floss, which I hope to try out soon. She also runs a company that makes project bags for stitchers and her shop is – https://evertote.myshopify.com/
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! On a personal note, I had to reach out to her privately to let her know my brother was a tour manager in the past for her band, the Crash Test Dummies (oh yeah… totally famous – totally loved them!) and I have to say she is just as awesome in person as she is in her FlossTubes.
Michelle Bendy Stitchy on YouTube – Hours of great info to watch while you’re stitching and you’ll feel like you’ve got a best friend stitching beside you! I love the social justice info she brings to her FlossTube channel along with her beautiful patterns and stitching. Her website is https://bendystitchydesigns.com/ – I just finished her Personal is Political pattern… loved stitching it and will share it here soon.
Lindy Stitches on YouTube – also fun to watch and she also has beautiful designs. I am coveting her Dracula pattern at the moment and hope to stitch it someday. Her website is https://www.lindystitches.com/
Brenda and The Serial Starter – I just started watching this YouTube channel, as I think I saw them recommended and their vlogs show so many beautiful stitches – it’s a great watch and they sure know their stuff… so much to learn from them!
Lord Libidan – Cross Stitch Blog with so much great information, from what materials to use, to what design software is best, to skin colour choices, and more.
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!
DMC Threads – I have not ordered from them, because I am able to find DMC threads everywhere here that sells craft supplies and I have used them for years. They have some free patterns on their site as well.
As mentioned above, I’d love to try some other thread/floss/yarn brands as well to add to my collection and possibly design some patterns around specific floss brands. As always, designing will be a work in progress… Luckily, I just love the process and every day I am thankful to be able to do what I love to do.