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GIANT FILESIZE AND IMAGE!
Promised myself I wouldn't make this tutorial so long. Opps.


Cross-stitching is quite simple. Don't let the length of this tutorial scare you D: It got longer as I added in the tips :c

I was surprised to see there wasn't much cross-stitchers on dA. Even more when I saw there wasn't a lot of tutorials on this D:

This tutorial covers the basics of it.


I started cross stitching around early 8th or late 7th grade when my mom got into it. c: She used to be a fashion designer, so she was good at sewing. Most of what I wrote in the tutorial was taught to me by my mom ^^ She is awesome. c:


:peace: Enjoy~


Oh, PS:
Thank you for the support, favs, comments. I haven't gone through all of them (I have some from the start of May!) but I promise I'll be looking through and replying to them today.

Thank you so much, and I really mean it. :heart:

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Tutorial (c) Cori [ *RainCookie ]
Characters within (c) Cori
"Pre-KFC" chick (c) =Prince-Orange

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Information within the tutorial was not directly from any tutorials, guides, etc. from both online or offline, but from what I've learned over the years. :peace:
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:icontifa666:
Tifa666 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Hi!

I thougt that I would your tutorial suggest in an interview. Don't you mind? :)
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aninreh Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Woah! It's awsome! ;) And so cute and funny too! Thank you so much for doing this ;)
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Miloceane Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you SO MUCH for this tuto. <3
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Ulla-Andy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
thats a really awesome tutorial although you shudnt really tie knots as they can show up as horrible lumps in your final design xx
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:iconmasterharper:
MasterHarper Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Very nicely laid out tutorial! Easy to understand for people who've always wanted to try cross-stitching, but don't have anyone around to show them how! ^^

Personally, I've never knotted my threads... I usually leave a tail when I start and end, and then weave it back in among the stitches that I've done. It makes it easier to go back and undo stitches if needed, and it also keeps the fabric from becoming lumpy in the back if you're going to frame the image.
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deoyx Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
interesting. I don't even knot my thread, I cross the stitches over it to keep it in place. I find it makes it a lot easier to unpick if and when I mess up!
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Franrie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for all the info and the wonderful tips. I do embroidery and never tried cross stitching before but now I feel more confident to actually go and try cross stitch, I thought it was much more complicated XD :+fav:
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KuReNaIRoSe Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist
I haven't cross-stitched in ages. I think it's about time I pick it up again. I've never been able to use that hoop, it would just make frusturated, I just couldn't use one, so I appluade you. My wrists don't hurt though if I don't use it. Guess it's different for everyone. The other tutorial to make the patterns on photoshop is going to be useful. Thanks so much for making it (= I was getting tired of sewing traditional patterns.
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ChocoHeaven Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! now im inspired to go finish mine! (its been what? 2 years? and ive only done like 1/30?)
Thanks for the tut!
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Pam-Lala Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
hey thanx, it really usefull, my mom also cross stitches, she's doe more thn 60 proyects and uses them to deocrate the house, puts a frame on them ans habgs then on the wall! im just starting, but when i get a few i might organize an exhibition with them :)
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iheartcutestuffs Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
This is an awesome tutorial! I can't wait to try it.

Your printer friendly link isn't working though :'(
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MusicLoveLife19 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If I could just make a suggestion: When cutting out the fabric for the pattern, it's best to add at least 3 inches around the pattern, just in case. This way, it is much easier to frame, stitch into a pillow, or whatever the plan for the picture is.
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garfield10125 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've wanted to try cross-stitching for quite awhile, but never had the ambition or supplies to go through with it. Or the know-how ^^'
Nest time I go to town (I live in the country) with my mom, I'll get some supplies to do this! I actually went to Hobby Lobby today, wish I had seen this BEFORE I went XD
Thanks for making, WANT TO TRYYYYYYY!!!!
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kyut530 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I will definitely try using this method when I start cross-stitching!
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:iconeliwi:
Eliwi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is very helpful, thanks so much :)
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:icondey-chan:
Dey-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
thanks a lot for that cute tutorial, I have a lot of years witout doing thatkind of stuff, when I was a girl, now, I'm gonna try my own pixelart designs to do them with cross stitching, it's gonna be fun and relaxing :3
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xx-Cappuccino Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute cute cute ~ ! I'll definitely try it sometime c:
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:iconsonrie-mucho:
Sonrie-mucho Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow - this is very handy! :) Thank you for making it.
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:iconraincookie:
RainCookie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
No problem! :heart:
Hope it helps ! ^^
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eladrisirdale Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
You're an inspiration! I can't wait to show you the handmade parchment clockwork version of Mario 1 world 1-1 that I'm working on in case we get the EMP of doooom or the Corporations forbid all memory as "intellectual property" haha... my own gramma couldn't have made a better cross-stitching page course.
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RainCookie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Aww why thank you! C: :heart:

Sounds pretty awesome! Send me a picture when you're done please! I'd love to see it :heart:
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leodragon42 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Congrats! Your tutorial has been featured here :)
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:iconraincookie:
RainCookie Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Ahh thank you! :tighthug:
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YumiChan123 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Lol we had to do a project with cross stitching in school... This would have been helpful if i had found it then.
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WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Nice tutorial. It covered all the basics. One question I have is how do you do your beginning knot? I find it's a pain when you get down to using a single thread for stitching and have to make 7 knots on top of each other to get a big enough knot so it won't go through the fabric holes.
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creativeCrater Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
This is incredibly helpful! Actually, I've recently gotten back into cross stitching since my friend got married I made her a bride/groom cross stitch gift. She loved it!

This is helpful though. You covered everything! The only point on which I'd like to make a suggestion is your first knot. If you make really tight stitches (i do, looks like you do) you can run the thread under several vertical rows (not through the front, but partly under it) and then as you stitch you'll stitch over it with no bumpy's! And to end a thread you run it under several rows of stitches you did earlier! Anyhow, that's how I was taught and I thought i'd share.
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bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
RainCookie,

This is so helpful. I haven't cross-stitched in years. I remember it as being so frustrating (I was eight). This might be better on my wrists too compared to crocheting.

Do you have a place where I can download your beautiful patterns? I'd love to try some of them out!
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juicyKiwi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009   Digital Artist
gawd. u r a better cross-stitcher than me. it was an assignment in school but i threw it away. |D
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:iconbluedevilsinger:
bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
You get better with practice. Don't stop if you like it. I definitely am still learning how to crochet, but now that I've been doing it awhile, my stitches are starting to look more "neat." It's hard work but it's fun!
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juicyKiwi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Digital Artist
oh man. u making it look easy. D| and well, i'll try too continue. :D
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writer-speak Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   Writer
very helpful.
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:iconterrahachi:
terrahachi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student General Artist
Would you happen to know where I could get one of those cross stitch hoops?
o3o
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:iconbluedevilsinger:
bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Craft stores. JoAnn's and Michaels are the best places.
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:iconterrahachi:
terrahachi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Ok. Thanks ^^
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Kaoru-tian Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work!!
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rylaistars Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
ooh..i've found the name of the font and it's called "SDKwangSoo B" font.thanks cori for the info.~^^~
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rylaistars Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
hi Cori..your works are so amazing and so cute!.what font do you used in this cross-stitching tutorial?.its lovely and so cute!.i hope you message me back.thank you.
:giggle:
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:iconfluer-de-lis:
fluer-de-lis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
PSHYEAH ANOTHER CROSS STITCHER! i've never tried to make my own patterns. I must do this.
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:iconraincookie:
RainCookie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Whoo-hoo! :highfive:
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SerenityyX3 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Cori, you are so rad. (:
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dunkmoonX Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I LOVE YOU! The how to make your own pattern was genius, and now a tutorial on cross-stitching. Although I've had some previous experience, your tips certainly will help me ^0^ I've been planning to do some cross-stitching and I saw this--YAYYY, you made my day!
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:iconraincookie:
RainCookie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Happy stitching! :heart:

If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask! :]
I shall help you with the best of my ability ~~
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shinshu-inu Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
this is awesome! i think i want to start doing this. and this is probably not a question you expected lol, but how do you make your brush outlined like that? (like when you hand-wrote stuff)
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:iconraincookie:
RainCookie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
After I write something, I use "Stroke" using another color on seperate layer (on Photoshop)
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:iconshinshu-inu:
shinshu-inu Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
thanks!
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strawbearymochi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
awesome!!!
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ATwilightFlower Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
OMG THANK YOU!
I've been looking for a good tutorial forever! =3
My mom taught me too, but she was bad at teaching and now she doesn't have time to reteach me O_O
So thank yews~ :tighthug:
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:iconraincookie:
RainCookie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Ahh, glad it helped! :heart:

If you need any help in the future, feel free to note me ^^

I'll help you to the best of my knowledge c:
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ATwilightFlower Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Aww thank you so much!~ :tighthug:
I'll make sure to come to you first *wink*
But I gotta warn you I'll be like this::turbopoke:
XDD J/K <3

I started trying it out, and it's really small so I'll be done probably tomorrow and I'll show you!~ So you can tell me if I did alright~ =3 (if that's okay?)
AND I'll make sure to credit your tutorial for the help~ <3
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Kurukan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
:( I tried this and all my crosses look so thin together. Yours are all nice and thick looking, is there a trick or something? XD
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