How To Thread A Cross Stitch Needle

Cross stitching is a popular form of hand embroidery. To do it perfectly on your sewing projects, you need to have the right needle for the job. A cross stitch needle is also known as a tapestry needle is the best needle to work a perfect cross stitch for your projects.

How Do You Thread A Cross Stitch Needle?

Tapestry needles are sold in sets. They vary in size from large to small. The best tapestry needle for cross stitching is a small size. Tapestry needles are distinct. They have a large eye and a blunt tip. For a perfect cross stitch, you will need an embroidery thread which is normally six-stranded.

To thread a cross-stitch needle, you need to pull out the strands of thread that you need for the cross-stitch. One or two strands are enough for your cross stitch.

Take your strands and stretch them between your fingers to keep the thread firm. Make a knot on one end of the threads and pass the other end through the eye of your tapestry needle.

Steps To Thread A Cross Stitch Needle

Step 1. Choose Embroidery Needle

Select your cross stitch needle from a range of tapestry needles. Tapestry needles are available in a range of needles of different sizes. Tapestry needles differ from ordinary needles by the fact that they are shorter, blunt, and have larger eyes.

Step 2. Choose Embroidery Thread

Select the embroidery thread that you need for your cross-stitching. Embroidery thread is also different from an ordinary thread. It is made up of six strands of thread bunched up together to form a thread.

Step 3. Cut Off The Embroidery Thread That You Need For Your Embroidery

Determine how much thread you need for the cross stitching that you intend to complete. Unroll from your roll of embroidery thread and cut at the length that you desire. This is the amount of thread that you feel will be enough for the cross stitching that you intend to complete.

Step 4. Unstrand Your Embroidery Thread

Embroidery thread has six strands of thread. You can’t use the six-strand thread for your cross-stitching. It would cause your embroidery designs to be too thick. For cross stitching, it is best to use just a single strand of embroidery thread. If you need more strands, use at most two strands.

Step 5. Thread Your Needle

With the amount of thread you need at hand, it is now time to thread your tapestry cross-stitching needle. Tie a knot on one end of the thread.

This ensures that once it is inserted through the eye of the needle it won’t fall off as you stitch. Remember that the cross stitching needle has a larger eye than the normal needle, thus, the need for a knot.

Now, pick your needle, insert your single strand of embroidery thread that is knotted on one end into the eye of the needle. The eye is large enough, and it is unlikely that you will miss the hole.

Step 6. Start Stitching

Cross stitching works best when you use an Aida fabric. This is because the embroidery needle with its blunt tip gets through the holes in the fabric easily.

Further cross-stitching is a thread count-based embroidery technique. It is quite easy to count threads on Aida fabric or to draw patterns that you can easily follow to make your cross stitch patterns.

When you start stitching, you can use the knot on your thread to secure it on the fabric. This ensures that your threads do not just come off the fabric as you sew.

Method 2 Using A Needle Threader

Step 1. Select Your Cross Stitching Needle

Cross stitching is an embroidery technique. There are several embroidery needles that you can use. The cross-stitching needle is part of the smaller embroidery needles in your embroidery needle set.

Step 2. Choose Your Embroidery Thread

Embroidery thread is available in many colors. You, therefore, have to first choose what colors you will use for your cross-stitching. It also comes in different textures. This allows you to have the best threads for your different embroidery projects. Also, decide how long you want the thread you use to be.

Step 3. Unstrand Your Embroidery Thread

Embroidery thread has six strands. For the best cross stitching results, you don’t need to use more than two strands of thread. Pull out two strands of thread from your embroidery thread and get them ready to thread onto your needle. Make sure that they are the same size and that the ends are aligned.

Step 4. Needle Threader

Insert your needle threader through the eye of the needle. The eye is large enough for your needle thread to pass through easily. The needle threader has two teeth. Make sure that both pass through the needle eye for ease of use.

Step 5. Place Your Thread On Needle Threader

Place your ready cross-stitching thread on the needle threader. When it is properly fixed, pull the needle threader out of the needle eye, This brings the thread into position, threading the needle, ready to start your cross stitching journey. When the thread is in place, remove the needle threader.

Method 3. Fold Over Needle Threading Method

Step 1. Unstrand Your Embroidery Thread

If you are going to use this method to thread your needle, you need to use two strands of thread for faster threading. Pull out two strands of the thread of a sufficient length that you want to use to stitch.

Step 2. Fold Over The Cross Stitch Needle

Fold your thread over the needle that you want to use to stitch with. Then pull your needle away from the thread. This leaves your thread with a curve. Pinch the curved end of the thread between your fingers. Make sure you have some part of the curve lifted off between your fingers.

Step 3. Thread Your Needle

Bring the eye of the needle to this part of the tread that is slightly above the fingers. Work the needle and your thread until you have your thread inserted through the eye of the cross stitch needle. Push the thread until a sufficient amount is through the needle eye and the pull to thread properly.

How To Start A Cross Stitch

Once you have properly threaded your cross stitch needle, you are now ready to start cross-stitching. Like every other stitching technique, you start stitching by making sure that your stitching thread is properly secured on the fabric you are stitching on.

Pick the fabric that you will be stitching on. Bring your needle up from behind the fabric and leave some portion of the thread. Bring back your needle to the back from the next square.

Form a loop on the thread on the back and pass your needle through it then pull tightly. This will secure your thread on the fabric and you can continue cross stitching without a problem.

How To Cross Stitch

Cross stitching is an embroidery technique that has been in existence for a long time now. It involves making X-shaped stitches. It is a thread count embroidery technique and is best done on Aida fabrics for their even and open weave that is easy to count and visible.

When you decide to cross stitch you can buy supplies from a craft store and come up with a pattern. Or, you could buy cross stitching kits that include already made patterns that you can copy.

A lot of practice is needed to get better at cross-stitching like with every other sewing technique.


The cross-stitching needle is different from the normal needle. It has larger eyes, it is shorter and smaller, and is also less sharp. Cross stitching also doesn’t use normal thread. This is why you need to know how to thread a cross-stitching needle. Use any of the three methods to quickly thread your needle and start your cross-stitching project.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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