Good lighting makes or breaks a cross stitch project. Proper lighting prevents floss color confusion. Adequate lighting prevents improper stitch placement. It also makes the chart much easier to read. Light sources do not have to be expensive.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 115 x 165 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 8.2 x 11.8 inches or 209 x 299 mm
Suggested Material Size: 14.1 x 17.7 inches or 359 x 449 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Aida – Most beginners start their cross stitch projects on Aida fabric. This is a somewhat loosely woven fabric meant for cross stitch with prominent threads; looks like a fabric made of threads grouped together. It is also very inexpensive but not suitable for functional things because of the holes in the fabric. 14 count Aida is universally the most popular cross stitch fabric.
For beginners Aida is one of the best fabric for cross stitch, because of the readily available weaves. You may need to interface the cloth if it is too loose.
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