You can find fabric for cross stitching in different sizes, colors and types.
Aida, linen and evenweave are the most common types of cross-stitch fabric. The standard Aida fabric is a good fabric for beginners because the holes are large and easy to see.
Note - it is the number of holes per inch that determines the size of your stitches.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 54 x 138 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 3.9 x 9.9 inches or 98 x 250 mm
Suggested Material Size: 9.8 x 15.8 inches or 248 x 400 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
When doing the cross stiches on garments the waste canvas is used.
Baste the waste canvas onto the right side of the regular fabric. Work the cross stitches through both layers of fabric. When all the stitching is done, the waste canvas is cut away around the design. Soak the design in water. This will disolve the starch that holds the threads of the waste canvas together. What is left of the waste canvas can then be pulled out from under the stitches, one thread at a time, with a pair of tweezers.
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