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Starting Cross Stitch? 10 Good Reasons Why You Should Give it a Try!

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Are you considering starting cross stitch? There are numerous reasons why people take up our wonderful, beguiling, blue-collar craft of cross stitch. We’re giving you ten good reasons to give cross stitch a try and have listed them for you below. So, please continue reading then perhaps browse online before paying a visit to your local craft shop. You can start your cross stitching career as soon as – today!

10 good reasons for starting cross stitch

Here’s your first four good reasons for taking up cross stitch:

1. Why “blue-collar” you might ask? Well! When compared to most other pastimes, cross stitch is truly inexpensive. There’s no fancy or expensive machinery. When you have bought a kit or the thread and fabric for your own design that’s about it for outlay (well, until you buy the next one anyway). Simple kits start from a couple of dollars and you’re guaranteed something at the end of it to show for your efforts.

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“A perfect choice for a first attempt.”

2. Whatever you produce, be it a tiny picture of a mere few inches in diameter, or a sampler that stretches the length of your wall, you will always have it to keep. You can even hand it down to your children, thereby creating an heirloom.

3. Even beginners considering starting cross stitch can make pieces that look both beautiful and professional. Starter kits don’t need any previous experience and as you develop your skills you can progress to evermore complex patterns. You will never have to scour the shops for that special gift again.

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4. Everything you make will be unique and very personal; the perfect gift for every occasion.

Three more good reasons for starting cross stitch

5. Cross stitch is great for stress relief and relaxation. Just sit down with your favorite radio program or CD on and stitch away to your heart’s content.

6. Cross stitch is a truly portable hobby. You can stitch while sitting in your armchair watching the TV or alternatively you can take it with you on holiday or on long train journeys. Boredom will surely be a thing of the past.

7. The huge number of cross stitch designs available today means that there will always be something you like, regardless of your ability. Simple designs for beginners incorporate a small number of color threads and very basic stitches so that you don’t need to go and read a manual before you make a start. However, as you progress and learn a few more stitches and techniques you can attempt more complex patterns until you really are the professional cross stitcher.

A final three good reasons for starting cross stitch

8. There are literally hundreds of websites that offer free patterns to cross stitch. You will have to buy your own threads and fabric but that is half of the challenge! There is absolutely no way on this earth that you will ever run out of things to cross stitch; it really is a hobby for life.

9. As you become more confident and proficient, you can sell some of your creations. This enables you to make a bit of pocket money while doing something that you love. You can even advertise your talents and design patterns for individual customers. Given a few years you could have a nice little business venture as well as a great hobby.

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10. Outdoor hobbies such as hill walking and bird watching aren’t much fun in the rain or in the middle of winter. Cross stitch, however, can be done at any time of the year regardless of the weather. It’s a great feeling to sit in a nice warm cozy house on a dull winter evening and happily stitch the hours away.


So, there you have it 10 excellent reasons for giving cross stitch a go. Overall, cross stitch really is a universal hobby; anyone can do and if your curiosity does get the better of you, you will undoubtedly become hooked in no time. And if some of the terminology is a bit confusing, check out this article and prepare to become less confused.

If you’re tempted to give cross stitch as go, you might like to see this  excellent tutorial of a beginner getting started with a cross stitch project, click on the YouTube video below; it will be an enjoyable 12 minutes:

Did you enjoy the video on getting started on Cross Stitch? Has this whetted your appetite to give it a go? I truly hope so.

Historically, cross stitching has a rather vague stigma attached to it as being thought of by many as just a “pensioner” activity. But this couldn’t be further from the truth, people of all ages cross stitch, even teenagers and children… and yes men too (as you can see in the video) … and hey! If you don’t believe me have a go yourself, you’ll soon find out why cross stitch really is universally popular.

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Whatever, decision you take, I’d love to hear from you as to why you’ve made the choice you have. I answer all emails received, so if you’ve any stories, comments or questions – please feel free to send them this way.

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’til next time – believe in yourself.


About the author: Hi, I’m John, founder, editor and one of the contributors on this site.