About The World in Stitches

Welcome! The World in Stitches supplies original cross stitch kits and patterns, handmade in Southend-on-Sea by me, Colleen Carrington.

I have loved cross stitch since childhood, and my enthusiasm and ideas for patterns led me to start selling my products online in 2012. I have also designed for various cross stitch magazines, and have a cross stitch book published as well. Now here's my brand new website where you can find my latest designs for sale. Don't forget to have a look at my blog while you're here for news, tips and free patterns. See what I'm stitching right now on social media. Links are at the bottom of the page.

All of my kits are made with the best quality DMC fabrics, genuine DMC thread, John James cross stitch needles and the colour charts are printed on thick matte paper for readability and longevity.

The fabric in my kits is cut generously with a minimum of an extra 2 and a half inches all around the design. For large designs it is always more. This allows easy use of a hoop for hand sewing and easier framing when the time comes.

Where kits are supplied with a hoop, or if you have chosen to add one to your order, it will be a high quality flat-edged Beechwood hoop for a good working grip and a beautiful finish to compliment your stitching.

I always use genuine DMC stranded thread direct from where it is made in France. Your thread will be cut and sorted for you onto thread cards - all you have to do is select your strands and start stitching! I put a minimum of 30% extra thread on top of what is needed in with my kits to allow for stopping and starting. For beginner kits, and highly detailed kits, there's even more extra thread supplied to allow for tangles and all the thread changes that are necessary with more advanced designs.

My kits are all supplied with steel John James cross stitch needles. These are beautifully made blunt needles with long eyes, perfect for easy threading and for reducing hand-strain as they glide through the fabric.

I stitch all of my designs before they are offered for sale in order to test the readability of the chart, the thread usage, how the colours look together and because I just love to cross stitch. I am always available for any inquiries or help you might need, just get in touch. My kits are also available wholesale, details upon request.

My Learn How to Cross Stitch kits make great gifts - they come with a tutorial booklet with everything you need to know about getting started, as well as the equipment you'd find in a proper cross stitch kit. 14 count Aida, DMC thread, a needle and a needle threader, and a 5-inch hoop to get started right away. Happy Stitching!