Remember, cross-stitch is considered counted embroidery.
So count count count count again and double check your counting. It really helps minimize mistakes.
Gridding save you a lot of time (and your sanity too). Cross stitch is meant to be relaxing. Make your hobby hugely beneficial for your mental and physical health.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 159 x 119 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 11.4 x 8.5 inches or 289 x 216 mm
Suggested Material Size: 17.3 x 14.4 inches or 439 x 366 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
When choosing supplies, purchase the best you can afford. Everything you choose does not have to be the most expensive, high-end model, but there are some supplies you should not skimp on. Floss and fabrics should be good quality, especially as you start to work on larger projects. Good scissors for cutting fabric and flosses are a must. Cross stitch does not have to be an expensive hobby, but if you are investing your time in creating an heirloom sampler, you will want to be sure that the supplies are of a quality that corresponds to your effort.
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