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. Ellie A

    My mother, of blessed memory, had a framed dish towel that her beloved grandmother stitched back in 1896. Mama’s initials were stitched as part of a pattern but we always knew who created it. Now, over 100 years later, when I stitch something, I always think about how my mother cherished that framed piece and, therefore so did I. I want the people who receive my gifts to know who they came from. I hope that in 100 years, my grandson’s grandson will look at the ABC pattern I stitched for him and know exactly who signed it “with love from grandma ellie 2023” on it. Our work should become cherished heirlooms. Mama’s dish towel now hangs at my brother’s home. I hope I’ll find a site that will provide ideas on adding our signatures, however simple, with pride and thoughts of the future. I don’t want to hide anything as so much of this page suggests. Sorry this was so long.

    1. LordLibidan

      Don’t apologize, that’s a great story!
      I’m glad to hear that your Grandma’s piece lives on in your memories and physically!

  2. celli

    I have the classic “stitched with love by celli” tags that I got from a shop and I stitch them someplace visible but not distracting using aida colored or invisible thread.