Cross Stitch Tools - Helpful Cross Stitch Tools, Gadgets, and Organizers

Enhance Your Stitching Experience with helpful tools, gadgets and organizers

There are so many amazing tools for cross stitching. You can organize your floss, see your pattern better with a magnifer or simply stitch with a gold needle. Tools and organizers help us produce the best cross stitch project we can. Below is a small sampling of some of the best tools out there to make the most of your cross stitching time and patterns. 

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Magnifers are perfect for seeing small patterns and directions for projects. For patterns that have many small components, this tool is essential to every day stitching. 

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Pick up those pesky little seed beads quickly and easily with this little gadget.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Many people have craft storage boxes in their crafting room, So many of the boxes are filled to the brim with DMC cross stitch floss.  The rest are filled with various other floss brands, beads, trims, blending filament, and miscellaneous embellishments. Larger stitching projects each have a storage box dedicated to the floss for that project. When stitching from a small kit, put each color of floss in a compartment of a small storage box for a quick way to stay organized.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Easy Count Guideline is a nylon thread that assists the stitcher in locating the exact point to stitch on the fabric. When used to grid cross stitch fabric, the product forms squares that match the Cross Stitch pattern.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Floss bobbins winders will save you so much time when preparing for your project.  If you use a bobbin-based floss storage system, this tool is a lifesaver.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Judy's Boo Boo Stick is designed to help with removing errant stitches, or as we in the stitching crowd call it - frogging. The tool is also helpful when dealing with textured fibers.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Proper lighting is essential to Cross Stitch success. It is so much easier to stitch on any Cross Stitch Stitching Surface when it is well-illuminated. This list may be illuminating - there are many different types of lighting available.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Do you really enjoy adding seed beads to your designs? If you do, you will definitely want to add this kit to your toolkit. These kits include needles, threader, Bead Nabber. So many people buy these tools separately, but this handy pack has everything you need to get started with adding beads. The Bead Nabber (shown here) is a must if you don't want to pick seed beads out of your carpet.

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    Photo &copy 2006 Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Photo &copy Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Petite tapestry needles are perfect for stitching on linen and other small cross stitch fabric. These needles are essential for petite projects.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Plastic canvas is so great. Many people love to use it for magnets, bookmarks, and other Cross Stitch projects.

     

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    If you are looking for a functional and beautiful gift for a stitcher, consider the Puffin Craft Strand Separator. Avoid knots and tangles with this effective tool.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Many people love to use the ratchet needlework frame, but  others really dislike them and feel like they are cumbersome. Those who do like them, like the way the frame holds the fabric and they don't have to use tape, staples, or other contraptions to attach my fabric to the frame.

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    Snip-A-Stitch Scissors by Tool Tron make for quick work when removing misplaced stitches.This is a great tool for beginners and more advanced cross stitchers. This tool will cut down on so many headaches when you miss a stitch or need to remove one. 

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    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    After learning to cross stitch, many people stopped using wooden and plastic hoops. They are know to stain the fabric due to the oil and dirt on their hands.  If you do like using hoops, spring tension hoops are the way to go with a grime protector around it. 

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    Thread Heaven Floss Conditioner

    Photo © Connie G. Barwick
    Photo © Connie G. Barwick

    If you stitch with metallic or polyester floss, you need this little blue box of magic goo. Okay, it is actually not magic goo. This product will not ruin your floss or your fabric. It is essential for dealing with floss that can be hard to work with. 

Getting started in cross stitch it is important to have the proper tools. If you have the best tools in your toolbox, you will produce the best cross stitch projects. There are so many different products out there, try many before you settle on the ones that work best for you. Have fun trying out new products.