In this post/episode I’m chatting all about my favourite (and the best) brands for cross stitch supplies.
There is nothing worse than buying or receiving cheap thread for your cross stitch project. It frays and snaps and frustrates you; not the ideal cross stitch experience. I think it is always worth spending a bit extra on
The most popular brands for
DMC threads are durable, colour fast and come in over 500 colours!
Depending on what you are using your hoop for, you may not mind if you use an unbranded hoop. My first hoop isn’t the type I use now, but I only used it to hold my aida, not as a frame. If you’re framing, you may want to go for higher quality.
The brand I use is Elbesee and I love these hoops; I wouldn’t buy any others now. They are polished with beeswax and have a proper screw so you can tightening with a screwdriver (do you have poor strength in your arms too?)
Another brand I like is Siesta. These are very similar to Elbesee and you can get them from Sew and So. What I like about these hoops is that they have 3″ ones, whereas the smallest Elbesee hoop is currently 4″.
When you are looking for your hoop, some things to consider are how sturdy are they? Are the edges smooth? You don’t want splinters or your fabric to be damaged.
Milward also does hoops. I haven’t tried these myself but they are quite a reputable brand so I can imagine they are quite good quality. The only thing that puts me off trying is that the size is in cm instead of inches (I know, a strange reason, but I’m so used to inches that cm looks strange!)
Aida is something that you could probably get away with buying a non-branded/cheaper version of.
The reasons for buying higher quality for me is that it’s much softer and flexible so is nicer to work with and moves around the hoop much easier.
I currently use Zweigart
DMC also do a nice aida, but theirs don’t seem as readily available in the online stores I usually go to.
Your local craft stores will probably have some as well. Mine stock a brand called stitch garden which isn’t a bad brand of
A little tip! You can always wash your aida first if it isn’t soft enough for you! You can read more of my cross stitch tips here.
Cross Stitch Needles
John James, Prymm and Pony are all brands that I have used and never
Update! I now use Milward needles. These seem easier to get hold of and the quality is really good for not much of a price difference.
Milward (hmm, I’m seeing a theme here) do the most beautiful “mermaid” scissors, both stork and straight ones.
I sell the
I got my adorable unicorn scissors from Cloud Craft (one of my favourite shops, as you may have guessed if you’ve been around here a while).
Extras Cross Stitch Supplies!
- Magazines for patterns – Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitcher.
- Cloud Craft for felt and needle minders.
- Hannah Hand Makes for needle minders.
- Sarah Ashford Project Pouches
Where to buy
*Affiliate link, but I only ever recommend products I use myself.
- Sew and So for hoops, thread, patterns, needles and
aida. Basically everything!
- Cloud Craft for scissors, needle minders, hoops and Satsuma Street paper patterns.
- Willow Fabrics for Zweigart Aida and scissors.
- Your local craft stores.
- Etsy for cross stitch patterns.
- Hannah Hand Makes (here!) for scissors and
Pattern of the month
This months pattern is actually a book of patterns from Stitch People. Her book is full of patterns of people that you can use to make your own customised cross stitch portrait.
Key Links and Resources
- How To Cross Stitch With Light Effects Thread blog post
- Podcast Episode Guide
- The Top 6 Things Needed For Cross Stitch blog post