Counted cross-stitch—a series of handstitched X's—is one of the easiest and most well-known embroidery techniques. Delightfully simple, they lend surprisingly sophisticated style and rich texture to almost any fabric. The symmetry of these evenly spaced Xs is immensely pleasing; you can also try your hand at the variation known as herringbone cross-stitch, which results in a zigzag pattern that is often used to embellish borders.
Cross stitch for beginners isn't as hard as you imagine. This detailed guide will teach you basic stitches and how to cross-stitch, step-by-step. Let's learn this fun and exciting craft together.