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Cross Stitch Diploma Course

10 Modules , 8 Videos

  • Certified Course
  • Accredited Course
  • Online study
  • Tutor support
  • No time limit for completing your course
  • 150 hours of study
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Woman lying on the floor with fabric in her hair, holding a cross-stitching hoop in front of her face

What Will You Learn?

Considered to be the oldest form of hand embroidery, cross stitch dates back to the fifth or sixth century AD – with samples found the world over – and it’s seeing a resurgence among modern makers and crafters. If you’re interested in trying out this vintage-modern craft for yourself, the Cross Stitch Diploma Course will teach you about the tools you'll use and give you the knowledge you need to take you from beginner to master maker.

The Cross Stitch Diploma Course begins with a detailed exploration of what cross stitch is – providing a little history on this popular form of counted-thread embroidery before diving into charts and keys, fabric count and blackwork.

With the foundations set, you’ll...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: Cross-Stitching in Detail
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The History of Cross Stitch
  • Part 2: Charts and Keys on a Cross Stitch Pattern
  • Part 3: Fabric Count
  • Part 4: Blackwork
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: Cross Stitch Equipment
  • Part 1: Needles and Pins
  • Part 2: Scissors and Magnifiers
  • Part 3: Threads of Many Colours (and Types) and Plastic
  • Part 4: Tips and Tricks for Choosing Supplies
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: Fabric Basics
  • Part 1: How to Prepare the Fabric
  • Part 2: Aida, Evenweave and Linen
  • Part 3: Waste Canvas
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: Getting Started with Basic Stitches
  • Part 1: Setting Up the Hoop
  • Part 2: Stitching on Aida and Linen
  • Part 3: Basic Stitches
  • Part 4: Let’s Get Started
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: Intermediate and Advanced Stitches
  • Part 1: Confetti Stitch and Star Stitch
  • Part 2: Long-Armed Cross Stitch
  • Part 3: Double Running Stitch and Chinese Cross Stitch
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: Cross-Stitching Techniques I
  • Part 1: Danish Method Vs English Method
  • Part 2: Two-Handed Stitching and Stab and Sew Methods
  • Part 3: The Railroad Method and the Couching Method
  • Part 4: The Parking Thread Method and the Cross Country Method
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Cross-Stitching Techniques II
  • Part 1: Dying Cross Stitch Fabric
  • Part 2: Tea Dying and Coffee Dying Techniques
  • Part 3: Gridding Cross Stitch Fabric and Protecting Your Cross Stitch Fabric
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Cross-Stitching Techniques III
  • Part 1: Using Variegated Threads and Filament Thread
  • Part 2: Adding Another Dimension – Painting, Stumpwork and Beading
  • Part 3: Cleaning and Preserving Vintage Cross Stitch
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: Finishing Techniques I
  • Part 1: Flat Finish
  • Part 2: Flat Fold Finish
  • Part 3: Stretching on Canvas and Framing
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10: Finishing Techniques II
  • Part 1: Cushions and Pillows
  • Part 2: Biscornu
  • Part 3: Bookmarks, Coasters and Placemats
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Woman working on a cross stitch hoop

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The beginner-friendly Cross Stitch Diploma Course takes you from your first stitch to crafting completed pieces using advanced stitches, multiple techniques, and expert finishing.

Just as valid for seasoned crafters as it is for beginners, the course provides comprehensive guidance that will make adding cross-stitching to your skillset easy, whether as a hobby or to create pieces to sell.


The Cross Stitch Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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