Cross Stitch Techniques

Here you can learn all about the various cross stitch techniques, tips and tricks to help you get the most from your crafts. From counted cross stitch and embroidery to needlework and tapestry, we will help you conquer everything from the basic cross stitches to mounting your designs onto a card.

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Hannah Sturrock’s Top Tips For Stitching into a Jute Bag

Our latest Craft Sanctuary, Stitch into Spring, has just been announced. Teaching on of the workshops is cross stitch pro Hannah Sturrock of Bobo Stitch. Hannah will be teaching guests to stitch DMC threads directly onto jute to create a unique little bag, perfect as a gift…or to keep for yourself. We caught up with…

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Patchwork Cross Stitch Patterns

We have a guest blog today from talented cross stitch designer Michaela Learner. We hope you enjoy it and love the FREE patchwork pumpkin pattern. Hi, I’m Michaela Learner and for as far back as I can remember (which is nowhere near as far back as I need to remember) I have been fascinated by…

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Doodle Trees and Happy Bees | Sneak Peek

Doodle Trees and Happy Bees is the beautiful new book from one of our favourite illustrators, Kim Anderson. It’s an incredibly cute book full of happy art, projects and doodling encouragement.  Kim encourages you to be excited about the magic that awaits her around the corner when she believes in her artistic dreams. We got to…

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Top 10 Tips for Soluble Canvas | Bobo Stitch

Hi – I’m Hannah, designer/maker and chief tea girl at Bobo Stitch. I have loved the process of cross stitch since I was very small, enjoying nothing more than curling up on the sofa with a fresh piece of linen and a new bundle of thread skeins. Since becoming a professional designer a few years…

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4 vital things to consider when choosing a lamp

Choosing a lamp that’s right for your needs is of the utmost importance. Not only will it allow you to work accurately, but it will also ensure you work in comfort, without frustration and for longer. To make the right choice it is vital to consider these four factors: 1. The Right Light Source The…

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Which Workstand is Right For You?

It can be tricky finding the perfect needlecraft workstand, especially if you’re a beginner. But we have been testing out three of our bestsellers to find out which workstand is right for you… Lowery Workstand Made in the UK, the Lowery is our bestselling workstand receiving 5 star reviews from our customers. This workstand enables you to…

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Which fabric is best for cross stitching?

If you are a beginner to cross stitching it may be a little confusing as to what fabric to use. The most common types of fabric for cross stitching are Aida, Evenweave and Linen, but how do you tell the difference between the three and how do you know which one is best to use? Read…