It has happened, I’m infected with the cross stitch bug. It’s a very pleasent virus though and it gives you hours of fun. But where do you start when you’re new?
The first step I took was browsing the web for information and I can tell you there is so much available! There are not hours enough to read them all and I thought it would be a good idea to create a blog where I add all my findings for later perusal.
Wiki has some good information about the origin of Cross stitch:
Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is usually executed on easily countable evenweave fabric. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. This form of cross-stitch is also called counted cross-stitch in order to distinguish it from other forms of cross-stitch. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch); the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern.
Cross-stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and can be found all over the world. Many folk museums show examples of clothing decorated with cross-stitch, especially from continental Europe and Asia.
Read more at: wiki Cross-stitch