Now and then, I’m approached by those who are interested to try cross stitching – which really made my day brighter! And when that happens, in my eagerness and excitement, I may bore them with too much information. Therefore, I hope this article will prove to be a better help than me. 😀
There are many Cross Stitch Kits available online, but if you’re living in Malaysia and ordering a kit from abroad, the postage could cost more than the kits themselves.
But don’t break the bank yet because that doesn’t mean you can’t start cross stitching. You can still assemble your own cross stitch kit at a reasonable budget. All you need are these: cross stitch fabric (preferably crisp Aida), scissors, cross stitch needle and floss/thread.
Cross Stitch Design & Charts
First choose a simple design that requires only a few floss so you don’t need to spend a lot to start stitching. For free charts, you could view my previous posting ‘Cross Stitch Patterns For Small Projects‘. If you’d like to start simple and at less cost, choose simpler designs that requires less than 10 different floss/thread.
Cross Stitch Needle & Thread
The embroidery needle used for cross stitch can usually be found at a reasonable price in local stores that sells sewing crafts supplies. The eye of the needle is bigger than the usual sewing needle and the tip is quite blunt.
The thread/floss would be harder to find. There are a many brands available, but the popular ones are DMC, Anchor and Madeira. I use DMC floss and each costs between RM1.80 – RM2.20.
But if you don’t mind being creative and imprecise with the colours, you could simply purchase embroidery floss at Daiso stores which only costs about RM5.30 per pack (10 floss).
Cross Stitch Fabric
The hardest thing to find is the cross stitch fabric. For those who are new to cross stitching, I would recommend they start with Aida fabric, 11 count or less, and don’t start with black! The count (ct) refers to the number of squares per inch. The smaller count Aida requires more thread, but probably easier to work with for beginners. Most local stores only offer 6-ct to 10-ct Aida, and the usual colours are white, black and sky blue. I like working on 11-ct Aida.
For those who are in Kota Kinabalu or Tuaran, do read my precious post on ‘DMC Suppliers in Kota Kinabalu‘ and ‘Counted Cross Stitch Kits and Craft Store in Tuaran‘. If you can’t get supplies from the nearby local stores, do consider local online stores.
Cross Stitch Kits
Now, let me share with you a secret – the easiest and most convenient shortcut to start cross stitching is by purchasing a cross stitch kit which usually has everything you need : needle, floss, fabric and pattern. These are some of the cross stitch cards that I made from mini-kits:
The above mini-kits were free gifts from cross stitch magazines (refer to my previous posts) which I don’t buy anymore because of the increase in price due to GST and ringgit fluctuations. Nowadays, my favourite place to get inexpensive mini-kits is at Cross Stitch Charts at FB. There are many other sites to get kits and the huge ones are very costly but great to have.
I hope this article will be able to light the way for those who are just starting to cross stitch. And if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in the comment box below. It’ll be my pleasure to assist you.
Thanks for reading & have a great day!