Cross Stitch Diploma Course

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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 discover the equipment you’ll need to start cross-stitching. You will soon become an expert in needles, scissors, magnifiers, threads and canvases and how to choose the best supplies for your projects. Similarly, you will become familiar with the basics of fabric – as you are introduced to Aida, evenweave, linen and waste canvas.

You’ll learn how to set up your hoop, and how to stitch on various fabrics – covering basic stitches such as the quarter stitch and back stitch, along with starting methods. Once you have the basics down you’ll move onto intermediate and advanced stitches, including Chinese cross stitch and double running stitch.

As you gain more confidence, the Cross Stitch Diploma Course will take you through various cross-stitching techniques. You’ll look at the Danish and English methods, the stab and sew method, and plenty more. You’ll learn about dying cross stitch fabric, gridding it, and protecting it, using variegated and filament threads, adding dimension, and cleaning and preserving vintage cross stitch.

The course concludes by guiding you through various finishing techniques such as flat finish, canvas, and framing to present your cross stitch beautifully. You’ll also look at cushions, pillows, biscornu, ornaments, bookmarks and coasters.

Woman lying on the floor with fabric in her hair, holding a cross-stitching hoop in front of her face

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • 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
  • Part 1: Needles and Pins
  • Part 2: Scissors and Magnifiers
  • Part 3: Threads of Many Colours
  • Part 4: Tips and Tricks for Choosing Supplies
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: How to Prepare the Fabric
  • Part 2: Aida, Evenweave and Linen
  • Part 3: Waste Canvas
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Part 1: Flat Finish
  • Part 2: Flat Fold Finish
  • Part 3: Stretching on Canvas and Framing
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Cushions and Pillows
  • Part 2: Biscornu
  • Part 3: Bookmarks, Coasters and Placemats
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
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.

Woman working on a cross stitch hoop
Accreditations

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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