Cross stitch is one of the most popular and also one of the oldest forms of embroidery in existence. In fact, its influence is visible in hundreds of different cultures around the world.
A form of counted-thread embroidery, cross stitch involves the use of X-shaped stitches set out in a tiled pattern. The aim, as is the case with most embroidery, is to create an image from a pre-planned âtemplateâ pattern.
Though cross stitch can be carried out on most standard and mixed content fabrics, it's often done on Aida cloth, an easily countable evenweave fabric which helps take a bit of the effort out of stitching. Aida cloth enables the user to easily count the threads in each direction so that stitches can be produced to an accurate, uniform size. When creating larger pieces, this ability to be accurate and uniform is crucial.
Cross stitch projects tend to work from a gridded pattern and can be used on any count fabric with the count determining the size of the finished stitch.
Christmas cross stitch patterns offer the ideal opportunity for those seeking to send something a bit more personalised to their loved ones at Christmas time. As well as the chance to create one-of-a-kind cards, cross stitch centrepieces and napkins created in a pattern personalised to the recipient can also make a lovely present.
There are a number of different themes to explore. Some people will prefer the more traditional nativity scenes, whereas others might want to portray other typically festive scenes like those involving Santa Claus and his reindeer, or perhaps snowmen.