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Cross stitch is a popular past time, using coloured threads, a canvas made from an even weave forming holes to stitch through and a needle to make designs and pictures out of many stitches presented in a cross X style.

Cross stitch is a craft that has been passed down through the years usually from grandmother to grandaughter and mother to daughter, in the days before television this was seen as a conventional and pleasing past time and this is still so today.

Throughout the country cross stitch is carried out either in the home or at a club or class, at many craft fares and some department stores selling the accessories you need for this craft, you will find demonstrations also taking place.

With the basics being easy to learn, this safe and satisfying craft is both useful and an artistic craft that is suitable and compelling to a wide age range from young children to the elderly.

You do not need any qualifications or specialist training for this craft. As well as local demonstrators and classes, on the market you can find many kits, with detailed information and guidlines and the neccessary equipment to get started.

One of the most popular forms of tapestry. Cross-stitchers use an even-weave fabric of linen or cotton and follow a pattern on graph. Vinyl weaves and perforated paper products can also be used. Cotton Floss is the most common thread, made up of six strands loosely twisted together. Other popular threads are Silk, Rayon, people experiment with other threads too. Designs are created using a X stitch. Use finnished samples to adorn household items-creating Greeting Cards

The beauty of this craft is that you can put it what time you can spare, what time a class requires or simply set yourself a target for when to get a project finnished. As far as dedication goes you are your own boss you get ou what you put in.

It is possible to run your own small cottage industry embelishing items for people and selling the equipment. Throughout the year there are competitions and events to display your work ranging from fetes, craft fares and flower show classes.

Closely Related Activities
Embroidery 223, knitting 352, Lace making 354, Needle Craft 442, Patchwork 459, Quilting 480, Tapestry 600, Crochet 780.

Further Reading
Your local library will have further information and books on this subject, the internet (also accessible at local library's) is also a very usefull tool to find information, many newsagents sell craft magazines which may also contain information.

The costs vary from a few ?'s and up depending on the size of the project and equipment required.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

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