Cross stitching for beginners

Do you enjoy cross stitch embroideries and would like to make one yourself, but have no idea where to even get started? With the help of this simple guide, you may learn cross stitching as well! This will be our result:

This is the initial pattern. You may find hundreds of patterns like this one on our website.

Before we begin with the embroidery, there are some things we need to prepare, those being the stitching canvas, a needle with a blunt point and stitching threads in colors that have been set out by the pattern. We start off by picking the right spot on the canvas for our embroidery and figure out if there is enough space for the entire embroidery. If you’re working with cushions or tablecloths, consider the occasional seams. If you’re planning on framing the embroidery, remember the canvas’ edges will be concealed by the frame.

STEP 1
First of all, we embroider the first eleven stitches of the left snail. These are called the ‘main series’. For more information, check out a guide on cross stitch.

STEP 2
We continue embroidering using the same color off of the main series as we embroider the entirety of the snail’s body. We are aiming for our embroidery to be as similar to the pattern as possible. It is important to always embroider a single series at a time and then start another one.

STEP 3
Using the same technique, we now embroider the red shell, starting at the main series.

STEP 4
We swap out the stitching thread that’s being used for dark red and using a single yarn, we embroider the shell border according to the pattern.

STEP 5
We repeat all of the steps for the smaller snail on the right – embroider its body near the first snail, embroider the blue shell as well as its border using the dark blue thread.

STEP 6
Now we embroider the grass using the green thread.

STEP 7
At last, we use the black thread to embroider the eyes of both snails. Our embroidery is now complete.

It is highly recommended to gently wash the finished embroidery using the washing machine and then iron it from the backside. Depending on what you want to do with your embroidery next, you have the possibility to add a border (there are many types of decorational techniques available).