Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

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Cross-stitch is cool again! Learn this traditional craft in a fun and supportive environment.

I have been a cross-stitcher since I was a child, and I have been a professional cross-stitch artist and pattern designer for over 7 years. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/stephXstitch)

Cross-stitch is making a major comeback. It is a great way to give creative, customized gifts to friends and family. It is also a therapeutic, almost meditative hobby activity that can be done anywhere. You can embrace your sassy and subversive side or go for a more traditional stitch. Either way, you'll need a good foundation.

In this class, I will take you through the basics of cross stitch: reading the pattern, selecting materials, threading the needle, and of course, the stitching itself. I will provide all of the materials necessary for your first cross-stitch project and we will stitch it together. What you don't finish in class you can take home to complete in your own time.

I cap class sizes at 12 to make sure everyone will get the individual attention & help they need.

You will get to choose from 5 different original stephXstitch patterns. (Chicago Flag, YAS, I Can't Even, Holy Balls, and I Heart my Bike)

I will provide some snacks, and you can BYOB!

I will provide a full StephXstitch kit: fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, embroidery thread, written instructions, handouts, and your pattern. There will also be scissors for you to use.

Let's get stitching!

  1. Learn to Cross Stitch
  2. Go home with a project
What will be provided

I will provide a full cross-stitch kit: pattern, fabric, hoop, thread, needle, and handouts

Student Reviews

5 | 22 reviews
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    Julie M.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    I am now a cross-stitch addict thanks to Stephanie and her beginners class! The space was really nice and the perfect size for our class, the amount of time she gave us to learn and work was perfect, and I felt that the price of the class was well worth the value of learning a new skill AND having a piece to finish at home. I really, really enjoyed myself and would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a new, relaxing hobby!

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    Natalie B.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Loved this class! Steph is funny and patient, and maintains a comfortable and fun atmosphere for everyone. I didn't realize how relaxing cross stitch would be. Would definitely recommend this class!

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    Stephanie S.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph was such a fun & dynamic teacher! She put together great starter kits and broke down the sewing techniques very well. Would recommend!

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    Allyce M.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph is knowledgeable and attentive. I loved her class!

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    Tyler S.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    So much fun!

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    Shipra P.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    The class was great, all of the materials were user-friendly and the environment was so pleasant to work in.

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    Erin S.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph was a great teacher. She's encouraging and delightful to be around. The space the class is held in is comfortable and convenient.

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    Janine M.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Absolutely loved this class! Stephanie was a wonderful teacher, the space was nice, and she brought muffins for us! She made learning something new really fun and easy. I would highly recommend this class.

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    Lisa C.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph was an excellent teacher. I feel thoroughly prepared to get out there and continue cross stitching on my own! Class was extremely fun with a nice group of people chatting and drinking over cross stitch.

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    Stephanie S.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Super fun! I finished my whole project in one day, and it's adorable!!! I finally understand how to read cross stitch patterns now, yay! Stephanie is a fantastic teacher.

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    Nikki B.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph was very energetic and fun! We learned a lot in a short time and was absolutely worth this price- includes the thread, fabric, hoop, and pattern! Highly recommend!

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    Christina B.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    This class was so much fun and Stephanie is a great teacher!

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    Sara G.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    I had a great time learning how to cross stich with Stephanie! She had great, fun patterns to choose from and broke the process down to ways that were easy to understand. It was also a great space for the class. I'm really happy with the 'I Can't Even' pattern that I was able to finish later that night and definitely plan on keeping up with this fun new hobby!

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    Amy R.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    This class was so fun! It was super relaxed, but I also learned a lot and left with a new skill. Steph provided all the necessary supplies (and cookies!) and created a really non-intimidating environment. Her love of cross stitch is infectious!

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    Krysten Meredith E.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph is a great teacher and fun to be around. If you're looking for an introduction to cross stitching, this is the perfect place to start. It was a non-intimidating, friendly atmosphere, supplies were included, and Steph really knows how to walk anyone through all the basics. I came on my own and had great time. But there were a few people who came as groups and also had a great time so this would be a fun thing to sign up for with a friend!

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    Lizzy A.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Loved it! Steph was so fun, and made the class easy and enjoyable. It was great to be able to choose our projects, and now I really have the skills for a fun new hobby.
    Thank you!

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    Laura S.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Never cross-stitched and really loved it!!! It was my birthday and great thing to do with friends.

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    Mayon Y.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    I loved this class! Stephanie was a great teacher, very energetic, positive, and helpful. She was great about providing clear instructions and demonstrations so that even those who hadn't cross stitched before would have a finished product that they could be proud to display. And I love her designs!

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    Diana C.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    Steph made class fun & non intimidating; great time!

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    Eliza B.
    Cross Stitch for Beginners- BYOB

    I really enjoyed the class! Stephanie had a lot of energy and gave us everything we needed to feel comfortable finishing our projects successfully.

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Stephanie Rohr

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Stephanie is the lady behind stephXstitch. She has been cross-stitching since she was a child and she has been a professional cross-stitch artist and pattern designer for over 7 years.

Her work has been featured recently on the cover of the Chicago Reader, and on Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Time Out Chicago, Paste Magazine, Town & Country Magazine, GoodHousekeeping.com, MrXStitch, Mashable, Crafternews.com, Steotch.com, Bust.com, OC Weekly, and Uproxx.

Her work has also appeared on Comedy Central's "Key & Peele".

Locally, you may have spotted Stephanie and her stitches at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago Handmade Market, Bitter Betty Bazaar, and the Vegan Vortex.

Stephanie has taught music and acting lessons and classes for over 10 years. Now she's eager to pass on her stitching skills to anyone wanting to learn this awesome craft.