Cross-stitching, anyone?

  1. Does anyone here cross-stitch, and, more to the point, will anyone here be willing to take pity on a poor girl close to losing her mind and help me get started? I need a new outlet, this looks like fun, but I'm reading these instructions online and getting VERY confused. Everyone writes that it's SO darn easy, but it doesn't seem that way to a newbie. Help? I have no idea (well, some idea, but not sure what's important and what's not!) what to buy, what I need, how to get started, yadayada. Someone help me with the basics, PUH-LEEZE, before I lose my mind?!?
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Used to do lots and LOTS of cross stiching back in the days when I was a 911 EMS medical dispatcher... had some loooooooooooong nights and it was a great way to pass the time.

    To get yourself started, just go to any crafts department and purchase a small, easy "beginner" work. Just something small to get the feel and know how. Get the kind that has the little "x"s marked on the material... do NOT get "counted cross stich" until you have done several of the others. Counted cross stich involves a LOT of mental strain... who needs it? I didn't.

    I did some quite large and very intricate ones which I framed and gave as gifts as I got better. And really, it is NOT hard at all ... and a great thing for those who love to keep their hands busy. Quite relaxing and enjoyable.

    Oh ! The kits always come with all the yarn, hoop, needles, and instructions included ! Have fun !
    Last edit by jnette on Mar 15, '04
  4. by   Noney
    I tried one of the count ones a few years ago. I worked on it for a couple of weeks before I realized I had screwed it up beyond repair. The ones with X's sound like a good option. Maybe I'll try it again.

  5. by   phn92
    I would start with a small counted cross-stitch kit. Get one that has everything you need to get started. Pick a real simple pattern. You really need to try to start the counting part. I think the ones with the X's would be too confusing. I used to cross-stitch all the time and really loved it! Made lots of wedding stuff for friends. You can mess it up really bad if you get off on one stitch! Enjoy!
  6. by   AmyLiz
    Oh yeah...I've done quite a lot of cross-stitch. Then I started back at school & haven't picked up my hoop since.

    But seriously, try the stamped cross-stitch first. That will help you learn the basics. Once you master that & feel brave, give the counted ones a try.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    They used to have these little 94 cent sampler magnets at Wal-Mart that were perfect to learn to cross -stitch on.
  8. by   karenG
    yes- the kits are easy to start with. use a frame to stretch the material.. much easier than trying to hold it and stitch!! I always photocopy the instructions and enlarge them- use a highlighter pen to mark off the ones I have done.. much easier to work out where I am........!!

    I'm working on a silver dragon on a black background at the moment......its driving me demented!!