Cross Stitch Materials

Basic Supplies


The fabric used for cross stitch is typically woven cotton or linen, and comes in a range of colors and sizes. The most common fabric used for cross stitch is Aida cloth, which is a loosely woven fabric with visible holes or squares that make it easy to count stitches.


Cross stitch needles are shorter and thicker than regular sewing needles. They have a blunt tip that helps to prevent the fabric from snagging, and a large eye to accommodate the floss.


Floss is the embroidery thread used for cross stitch. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is made of six strands that can be separated and used individually for fine details or combined for thicker lines. Most cross stitch patterns will specify which colors of floss to use.

Embroidery hoops

Embroidery hoops are used to keep the fabric taut while stitching. They come in various sizes and materials, with the most common being wood or plastic. When selecting an embroidery hoop, choose one that is slightly larger than your project to make stitching easier.


A good pair of scissors is essential for cross stitching. Look for scissors with sharp, pointed blades that can easily snip floss without fraying it.


In addition to the essential materials needed for cross stitch, there are a few other supplies that can be helpful for stitchers. Here are some additional items to consider

Scroll frames

Scroll frames are another option for holding fabric taut while stitching. Unlike embroidery hoops, scroll frames allow the fabric to be rolled up as you work, making it easier to maneuver and allowing you to work on larger projects.

Helpful apps

There are several cross stitch apps available that can be useful for stitchers. These apps offer features such as pattern creation, color selection, and project tracking, making it easier to plan and organize your cross stitch projects.

Project trackers

Keeping track of your progress on a cross stitch project can be challenging, especially if it's a long-term project. Consider using a project tracker to keep track of which stitches you've completed and which ones you still need to work on. This can be as simple as marking completed stitches on a printed pattern, or using a digital project tracker to keep track of your progress.