If you are a beginner stitcher prefer to use Aida cloth. Its weave forms clearly distinctive squares in the fabric, which eases the placing of stitches.
Another option is using waste canvas. It forms a grid for stitching which can be easily removed later.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 48 x 49 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 3.4 x 3.5 inches or 87 x 89 mm
Suggested Material Size: 9.3 x 9.4 inches or 237 x 239 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Most experts recommend prewashing the fabric before you start stitching the designs. Some even wash the floss.I suppose if you suspect that the floss will run it is better to be safe that wait till all the hardwork is over for it to start bleeding all over the work.
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