There are a ton of cross stitching tools out there. Cross stitch tools can help you stitch faster and neater, and can also make it more enjoyable.
But, you don’t need that many cross stitch supplies to cross stitch something great. All you really need for cross stitch is your fabric, a cross stitch pattern, different colors of floss and tapestry needles.
And there are tons of cross stitch patterns to choose from. There’s also plenty of different colors of fabric you can choose from for cross stitch. You can also use Aida fabric, linen fabric or evenweave fabric for all your cross stitch projects.
All these cross stitch tools I’m going to show you will help make your cross stitch projects go smoother. And these are all great ideas to help with your cross stitching.
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Floss Bobbins and Bobbin Winder
This floss winder comes with 120 plastic bobbins. You’re probably wondering how bobbins and a bobbin winder can help you stitch faster.
Well, a floss winder can help you to wind your floss on the bobbin faster. And putting your floss on bobbins is neater than having a pile of tangled floss.
And if your floss is tangled it will take you longer to to cut a length of floss for your project. Because you’ll have to untangle your floss and your floss could get damaged if it’s all tangled up.
For all those bobbin you’ll need a thread organizer. Even if you use cross stitch kits, organizing the floss is a great idea.
And when you organize all your floss, that make it easier to find the color of DMC threads you need for your cross stitch pattern.
Embroidery scissors are a must have for cross stitching. I have this pair of scissors in the silver and they are great for cutting the strands of floss.
These come with a cute little scissors cover. And I like small scissors for embroidery, because it’s easier to see where your cutting the thread, and they’re not as bulky as larger scissors.
Thread conditioner is great to help your floss not to tangle. This also can strengthen the embroidery thread.
It’s also a great choice to eliminate static in the floss. And this is safe for any kind of thread or floss and fabric, like cotton fabric or Aida fabric.
You can also get what’s called beeswax. You don’t have to condition all your threads, but it’s a great option if your threads like to tangle.
Magnetic needle minders are a great tool to help you not lose your best needle. You can attach them the cross stitch fabric inside the embroidery hoop.
And I like that you can get super cute needle minders. This is one of my favorite cross stitch gadgets. You can get just plain ones, but I like to have pretty cross stitch tools.
Needle threaders are great to help you thread your embroidery needles. And you can also use needle threaders to help you thread those fancy gold-plated needles.
I actually don’t really use a needle threader to thread my cross stitch needles. Because cross stitch needles are just tapestry needles and they have a long eye for easier threading. But, needle threaders are a great thing to have around, just in case you need a little help.
You can use this guideline thread on any count Aida fabric and it can really speed up your stitching speed. What you do is you use this to form a grid on your fabric, so it’s easier to count and find where your stitches go.
If your doing larger projects or you have a higher count fabric. This can really help cross stitchers work up their next project faster.
Cross Stitch Light
When your cross stitching you need to have a good light. And even though this is a high quality book light, I think it’s great for cross stitching.
I have one of these and I love that it has 3 levels of brightness. So, if you just a little light or you need more light it’s great.
And it is also rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about finding batteries. And I can clip the light on my embroidery hoop, so I don’t need a big bulky lamp.
Here is another great thing for cross stitch. Even though this may not be considered a tool, you’ll need a bag to hold your cross stitch projects.
Even if you’re using digital patterns, you’ll still need a bag hold the fabric, floss, scissors and more. This bag would be great for that, and I love the color of the bag.
This would also be the perfect gift for a knitter or crocheter. And the bag would fit a larger project that doesn’t have a large hoop of frame, or small projects with a smaller hoop.
There’s 9 different tools you can use for the cross stitch craft. And the good news is that I found all these above on Amazon, so if you have prime that’s free shipping. And you don’t need all of these things to cross stitch something great.
What about cross stitch patterns? You can buy cross stitch patterns or you can find free patterns, you could even create your own pattern.
And another thing that can help you stitch faster is your stitching style. I like to do what’s called the cross stitch sewing method, instead of the stab method.
Because with the stab method, you keep moving your hand to push the needle from the front of the fabric to back of the fabric and back to the front. But, with the cross stitch sewing method you go though the front and the back of the fabric at the same time. So, your hand stay in the front of the fabric.
So, the cross stitch sewing method is my favorite stitching style for cross stitch. I hope that you have enjoyed this post and happy stitching.
Check out my other embroidery posts
- Picking an embroidery hoop or frame for cross stitch.
- Needlepoint vs embroidery: what’s the difference.
- Sewing thread vs embroidery thread: what are they.
- How do i pick the best needles for cross stitch.
- Cross stitch vs needlepoint: what’s the difference.