What’s in a SewAlternative.com Cross Stitch Kit?

What’s included in a SewAlternative.com cross stitch kit?

The kit contents are the same for all our cross stitch kits:

  • Inside the cross stitch patch kit Pink Flower Skull by SewAlternative.comFull colour and symbol design guide / chart.
  • Symbol key to threads to be used in full colour.
  • Easy to follow instructions on how to follow the design guide and how to cross stitch.
  • Aida material with starting point marked.
  • All coloured threads required to complete the design.
  • A needle.
    + when room for your own text we include an easy to stitch alphabet and suggested words.

Hopefully all this will be clear – but, as always, if you have any questions just let us know!

Happy stitching!

Separating Strands from Thread

Separating Strands from Thread

When you buy a cross stitch kit the instructions mention threads and strands – what’s that about?!

Cross Stitch Threads & Strands

Included in any cross stitch kit there are the coloured threads that will be used to sew your design onto the cloth provided.

Each length of thread is made up of 6 individual strands.

Separating strands from thread

When you are ready to use a colour, you will need to separate the required strands then thread the needle with those strands. For SewAlternative.com kits we normally use 2 strands for cross-stitching and 1 strand for backstitching (outlines and highlights).

Separating the strands can be tricky – it has to be done slowly.


  1. If a knot does start to form when separating – stop separating, smooth the thread together again and start the separation at the other end (doesn’t have to be the same threads).
  2. If 2 strands is proving too difficult to separate – try 1 at a time (some people say this is easier) then re-align 2 separated strands together before threading the needle.