With every expansion pack we get for The Sims 4 we get at least one new skill for your sims to explore and for The Sims 4: Cottage Living we were blessed with the new cross-stitching skill. This is a great hobby for your child and older sims to do to create gorgeous wall art or sell for a profit. You can even use your llama’s wool to get the job done without as much cost!
How to Get Started with Cross-Stitching
Just like with the knitting skill your sims are going to need the physical Make it Sew Cross-Stitch Kit purchased from the build catalog before they can get started. However, unlike with knitting this object can just be sitting on the floor somewhere in their home, they don’t need to have it in their inventory to use it in their home. If you want to cross stitch in a park or something you’ll need to bring it with you.
Once you have this item you can click on it and begin cross stitching your first hoop. You’ll have 3 sizes to choose from small, medium and large, and starting off you’ll know the patterns for a rainbow, shapes, or stick figures. Nothing fancy, but you’ll get there.
If you don’t want to purchase the full kit from the build catalog, you can actually go ahead and purchase the individual hoops at the green Garden Stall in the town square. These will cost you between 30 and 50 simoleons depending on their size.
Using Llama Wool in Your Cross-Stitching
One fun thing about this pack is that you can actually use your llama wool that you get from shearing llamas in your cross stitching. You’ll still need to pay for the physical hoop, however, you will have a heavily discounted cost since you don’t have to pay for the wool.
You’ll see below that you’ll need colourful wool to get this done, for that you’ll need to feed your animals animal treats to change their colour before shearing.
If you have wool in your inventory but don’t wish to use it, you have the option to turn it off there in the top left corner with the use fresh ingredients button. Turning this off will have you just paying for the materials and keeping the wool in your inventory.
Types of Cross-Stitching Patterns
There are 5 types of patterns for your sims to learn (plus the ability to stitch from reference) there include food, nature, sims & animals, simple patterns and phrases & mascots.
All of these end up being super cute, but to start out at level 1 you’ll only know how to make simple cross stitches and the others will slowly unlock as you work through the skill.
What To Do When You’re Done with a Pattern
Well, your sim has maxed the cross stitching skill and now you just have a ton of cross-stitch patterns in your inventory. What do you do with them? Well, here are just a few options:
- Putting them on The Wall
- Using Plopsy to Sell Them *if you have Nifty Knitting*
- Selling From Inventory
- Giving them to Villagers
- Gifting them to Friends or Family
One thing to note is that you can’t automatically add a cross-stitch to your wall, you actually need to go ahead and click on the item in your inventory and create a wall-mounted copy and then place that on the wall.
Cross-stitching may not be the most exciting skill in The Sims 4, but honestly, it’s a welcome addition to the game. It’s super cute to have your kids create these patterns, or have your elders work on these while they are watching their grand kids. Just overall adorable and a great addition to any household. Happy playing!