How To Sign Your Cross Stitch

You spend hundreds of hours cross stitching a project, and perhaps a few more making the pattern. You make sure the stitches look pretty, you’ve not made mistakes (or fixed them at least) and you’ve already thought about how to frame it. But there is one last thing. One thing you’re not too sure about.

To sign, or not to sign?

It’s a thought that goes through every cross stitchers head, and without a doubt, you’ve seen some online like it, but you’re just not convinced. So I’ve decided to wrap up some of the ways you can sign your work that doesn’t look distasteful.

Stitch it on the front

Let’s start off by addressing the elephant in the room; when we mentioned signing cross stitch you automatically assumed we meant stitching on the front of it. Now there is a good reason for this; you can see them online all the time. The simple reason for that is people copying. I have had, just like many other cross stitchers, people take my images and pretend they’ve stitched them themselves, so putting a signature is a nice nod to make sure that happens. However, if you use a watermark on online images, you don’t have a problem. As a result, feel free to add a signature to the front of your stitching, only if you WANT to.

Cross stitch signature by Whatever James (source:
Cross stitch signature by Whatever James (source:

There are loads of different ways of signing your work, from unique pixel blocks, like above, or an initial or two. However, they normally stick out something awful. But they don’t need to. Take the below example, which has a small “SK 14” hidden in plain sight, thanks to clever use of almost aida matching thread.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cross stitch by Sieberella (source: Reddit)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cross stitch by Sieberella (source: Reddit)

Write it on the front

There is another way of thinking about this though. You’re an artist. Sign your work with pride! And frankly, you want it to be visible. Heck, make it huge!
But be clever and use a fabric pen/sharpie.

shiroikoumori cross stitch with IGAs signature (source: pinterest)
shiroikoumori cross stitch with IGAs signature (source: pinterest)

Write it on the frame

But let’s say you don’t want to shout from the rooftops, and you’re happy with using a watermark online. Then I suggest putting it on the frame. I choose to attach business card size stitchers to the backs of my frames detailing when I made it, the count, etc. As I’m the one that’ll end up enjoying it (or a select few family/friends) then there isn’t a great need to shout about it.
You can even do this in hundreds of ways. I found a great example on Reddit:

If I am displaying the piece in a wooden hoop I sign and date the wooden hoop with a permanent metallic marker on the top next to the metal thingy.

Hide it

Before I started researching this article, I thought the above options were it. Simply no choice other than that. But my friend advised me to take the cross stitch he gave me out of the frame. And what do you know, there was his signature. Turns out this is done a lot, as not only does it have a record of who made it and when, but you can hide it behind a frame if you want. It is about time to put that excess aida to good use.

I want to belive cross stitch signature by PDXstitch (source:
I want to belive cross stitch signature by PDXstitch (source:

So there you have it, every way I’ve found online and off on how to sign your work. Heard of any other ways? Drop me a line below, I’d love to know!

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  1. Margo J

    If there are any words in my piece, I do my initials in a different color. Very subtle signing, but I know it is there.

  2. Shiby

    Love your site!! I back stitch my nickname and year over 1

  3. Frank Jordan

    I always stitch over 2 and somewhere in the pattern I replace 1/2 of a stitch with a small letter in the same colour – it’s one of those fun surprises that people who get cross stitch gifts from me like – a bit of hide and seek for my initials and the year or even a short message.

  4. Wendy

    I am trying to do my son & his partners signature on a cross stitch which I have done but the signature are not very clear. How do I go about doing it? He is getting married in 2 months time so time is running short.

    1. LordLibidan

      Doing cross stitch signatures aren’t too easy. I would suggest doing them in backstitch. You can import images into programs like WinStitch and PCstitch to easily make the backstitch signatures. I think that’s the best approach.

  5. Lada Dedic

    I’m a sci artist so I sign mine with my DNA by licking the back of each and every thread. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😛

    1. LordLibidan

      YES! One hundred percent with you there. I also heard of a science artist using a singular strand of glow in the dark thread and inserting it into her work somewhere. Very cool.