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Cross-Stitch: Basics & Beyond

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Conquer essential techniques for cross-stitch success as you learn the best methods for working designs on both Aida cloth and linen.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including pattern
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Jeannette Douglas
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Achieve great cross-stitch results from start to finish! Join designer and instructor Jeannette Douglas and build a go-to toolkit of cross-stitch basics that will help you avoid mistakes, achieve beautiful results and enjoy this meditative pastime. During class, you'll learn how to cross-stitch by working a sampler: the perfect project for practicing new techniques. To begin, you'll see how to separate the strands in your floss, anchor your thread without a knot and read a stitch chart. Once you're comfortable reading charts, Jeannette will guide you step by step through fundamental techniques for the basic cross-stitch and working across rows. Then, find out how to calculate fabric, manage multiple colors at once and plan for larger motifs. You'll also discover how to work specialty stitches, add beads to your design and achieve a clean, gorgeous finish!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
Meet your instructor, Jeannette Douglas! In this class, you'll begin with the basics of cross-stitch and review the supplies you'll need. Then Jeanette will show you how to "flower" embroidery floss to separate the strands and anchor your thread without a knot.
2. Basic Stitching
3. Working From Charts
4. Lettering & Large Motifs
5. Working With Linen
6. Specialty Stitches
7. Finishing

Recommended with this class

  • Fabric: 14-count Aida cloth, 11" x 18" or 32-count linen, 10" x 16"
  • Embroidery floss

Taught by

Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette Douglas
Though needlework has always been a part Jeanette's life, she created her first designs after a special trip to the Rockies. The rest is history! Over the years, she's found that her background in floral design and folk art give her both the inspiration and knowledge of color she needs to create new designs. Jeanette puts a lot of research into each of her creative endeavors and strives to bring these learnings to light when she teaches at various stitch shops and events throughout the United States, Canada and overseas.

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