Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question?

Compiled below is a list of some questions I get asked often, as well as some questions I think could be useful to have answers to for someone who might be wanting to get started in needlepoint or other similar things.

If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch and I'll do my best to answer.

Beginner to Cross-stitch

What are the basic materials I need to start cross-stitching?

The absolute basic things you will need are:

  • Aida fabric (Don't forget to consider fabric count!)
  • A tapestry needle
  • High-quality 6-strand cotton floss
  • A pair of scissors

This is not an extensive list, simply the absolute basic necessities to get started.

What does my pattern mean by "Use 3 strands"?

If you are using what is called a "6 strand embroidery floss", this means that your skein is comprised of 6 individual strands of thread, clumped together to form the skein.

So what your pattern is asking you to do is remove X [in this case, three] strands from the group of 6 and stitch with that many. NOT 3 clumps of the skein.

Pattern Making

What software do you use to create your cross-stitch patterns?

It depends on what I'm creating the pattern for.

I use two different cross-stitch pattern makers: PCStitch and WinStitch.

When I am creating a pattern that only I will use, such as a commissioned stitch people portrait, I will always use PCStitch. It's easy to learn and simple to use, however the pattern it produces is less than ideal.

If I'm designing something that I plan on either selling or handing off a commissioned pattern design, I will always use WinStitch. It produces a much cleaner pattern file, which is also much more professional looking.

What software do you use to create your embroidery patterns?

After sketching my design, I use Adobe Illustrator to vectorise my scanned design. I learnt how to use Illustrator whilst at TAFE so it felt like a natural transition. It isn't an easy piece of software to learn, so be aware.

What hardware do you use to create your patterns on?

I am a PC gal, so I use a combination of my home computer (running Windows) as well as my Microsoft Surface Pro with stylus.

A birds-eye-view of stitching supplies such as scissors, floss, fabric and hoops. All circled around my own business card.