Counted Cross Stitch

All cross stitch kits on this site are counted cross stitch kits which are stitched onto a blank piece of fabric by following a chart.

Fat Cat Cross Stitch

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Permin Cross Stitch

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Riolis Cross Stitch

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DMC Cross Stitch

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Luca-S Cross Stitch

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Mouseloft Cross Stitch

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A note about counted cross stitch:

Example of a counted cross stitch chartExample of a chart
Example of a counted cross stitch finished designExample of a finished design

If you're new to counted cross stitch, I hope you'll find the following information helpful:

  • In counted cross stitch, the designs are stitched onto a blank piece of fabric by following a chart. The design is not pre-printed onto the fabric.
  • You'll usually start in the middle of the fabric to ensure that you have enough room for the whole design.
  • Symbols (or colour blocks) on the chart represent each stitch, with different symbols (or colours) representing the different colours of thread to be used.
  • Kits will always contain the fabric and thread that you'll need to complete the design, together with an embroidery needle, pattern chart and written instructions.
  • In addition, you'll need a pair of scissors and, with all but the smallest of kits, you'll probably find it helpful to use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut as you stitch.

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A note about fabric 'counts':

Binca fabric

  • The simplest kits for children and younger beginners are the 6 and 8 count kits. These have just 6 and 8 holes to each inch of fabric respectively, so the holes are quite large, making the designs easy to place and stitch.
  • These kits also tend to use thicker threads for ease of stitching.
  • 11 count and 14 count kits are for the slightly more experienced cross-stitcher or older beginner. With 11 or 14 holes to the inch respectively, the holes are therefore smaller, so you produce more stitches within each square inch of fabric.
  • The 14 count kits are also perfect for experienced cross stitchers who are looking for smaller projects which can be stitched in a relatively short time.
  • You'll also find a handful of 16 count kits which, whilst having quite simple designs, are more suitable for an experienced stitcher or older beginner, as the fabric is woven with 16 (even smaller) holes to the inch.

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