Cross Stitch Patterns

Alita Designs offers hundreds of free cross stitch patterns that you can download and print. Don't forget to follow our Facebook page for the latest updates and new patterns.

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Once you find a pattern that you like, look for the "symbol key" page for instructions. Most of the patterns are designed for DMC floss and 14-count Aida fabric.


History of Needlework
Needlework is a term applied to two classes of handcraft involving fabrics. The first, embroidery, is the embellishment of a fabric by designs worked in thread with a needle. The second includes methods of forming a single thread or strand of threads into a loose- or tight-textured fabric...

In contrast to knitting, crochet (French, "hook") is a method of working interlocking loops of thread into a chain by means of a slender rod hooked at one end. The work is begun by crocheting a single chain of loops, each new loop being formed by catching the yarn and drawing it through the previous loop...

Early Embroidery
Ancient paintings, sculptures, and literary sources indicate that embroidery was applied to clothing and other fabrics from extremely early times. The earliest surviving embroidered cloth is Egyptian, preserved by the dry desert climate. The Egyptians were skilled embroiderers who also used applique decoration with leather and beads, and embroidery was also practiced by ancient Mediterranean peoples. Centers of fine embroidery developed in ancient Persia, Babylon, Israel, Phoenicia, and Syria...

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