Supplies needed for affordable cross stitch are relatively inexpensive
compared with other crafts. Some, like scissors, will last a long time.
Others, like floss and fabric, will be used up as you stitch.
The following list of supplies shows typical prices from Amazon:
One of the keys to affordable cross stitch is recycling. Scissors can be expensive, so look around your house to find two pairs of scissors and repurpose them for cross stitch:
This is where the internet really shines. You no longer have to purchase expensive craft books or cross stitch patterns. Simply pick up your mouse, from the comfort of your home, and you can easily find
If you have no trouble threading needles unaided, eliminate the floss threader and add that money to your floss purchase.
If you have never completed a counted cross stitch project, experiment by going small.
For example, a few years ago a friend brought me a package with a nice-sized piece of cloth and multiple skeins of floss. She had very limited cross stitch exposure, but saw a beautiful design in a kit that she wanted to complete for her husband.
Unfortunately, she didn't realize that counted cross stitch fabric comes in different thread counts. This one contained 18-count fabric, stitched over a single thread. In a few short hours, she realized that she was unable to comfortably complete the tiny stitches.
The small kits she had purchased in the past all included 14-count fabric. She thought, erroneously, that a kit is a kit is a kit. This was an expensive lesson, but one we can also learn from.
In the beginning, experiment frugally. Avoid spending a lot of money for a counted cross stitch kit only because you like the picture on the package. On the flip side, you may discover a rewarding new hobby.
Click to see more detailed descriptions of the supplies that you will likely want to purchase at some point in your cross stitch journey.
Check out our cross stitch shopping list for a convenient way to keep track of your supply needs. And be sure to check online suppliers of affordable cross stitch supplies, such as Amazon.