Cross stitch may be just the thing for you if you are looking for a leisure action that is both creative and engrossing. It is a popular form of embroidery with counted threads - generally the idea is to create stitches on a regular grid. Cross-stitch is one of most well-known types of embroidery and can be found all over the world. Its name comes from the fact that the basic stitch for each "square" in the pattern is made with a stitch / woven that lays two diagonal lines across each other, making an x or cross. Sometimes the action including patterns and cross stitches is called "counted cross-stitch" or " xstitch" to distinguish it from other types. In this application you can find various patterns of counted cross stitch free. Cross stitch has its origins deep in embroidery, particularly those found in continental Europe and Asia. Initially, cross-stitching in European countries preferred easy flower and geometrical styles, with one or two colors. As you can imagine, those were elegant, simple and limited pieces, as our technologically-aligned eyes are likely to view it. For those who like complicated geometrical patterns, there aren't many things that can beat the Celtic cross and Celtic knot patterns. These styles attract upon the wealthy and innovative creative culture of the Celts to generate pictures that entertain the eye and acquire a feeling of secret. The modern cross stitch patterns took on a whole new era when we obtained means of generating high-quality line and fabric in many colors and shades. It then became possible to generate different shades, but retain the same hue, thus leading to gradients and color transitions in embroidery. As a result, new patterns can come out looking like paintings, simultaneously with a "pixelated" look. You can see some free cross stitch patterns in this application to get you inspiration before starting this creative activity. Although the stitching really could not be simpler, the wide range of needlepoint patterns that can be designed is unlimited, and at best can become almost 'oil painting' quality employing the subtle shading of a wide range of colors. If ever you get tired of following a pattern, you can try your hand at creating your own styles too. It is the greatest in stitcher's creativity, and will prove to be a challenge with sweet rewards time and time again. Why not take a look through the best designs available in this application and look for the one that speaks to your soul, then get ready to be engaged on this creative hobby and pastime?