Sri Lanka


Most designs supposed to be done using two strands of embroidery floss. But the floss is usually sold in six strand packaging.
So before threading your needle, you should separate all the 6 strands.
To do it just cut somewhat about 15”-18” (35 - 45 cm) of the thread. Hold it near the top with one hand allowing the bottom to untwist. Now pull each ply upward with the other hand. Carefully - one at a time.
Combine the necessary number of strands (typically two) and save the remaining for the next usage.
Thuparamaya
225 x 169 stitches 40 colors
Sri Lanka Beach
225 x 169 stitches 30 colors
Kandyan Dancer
145 x 209 stitches 28 colors
Elephants in Kandy Perahera
476 x 319 stitches 29 colors
Buddhist Dagoba
119 x 120 stitches 25 colors
Sanghamitta
117 x 163 stitches 30 colors
Princess Hemamala
122 x 156 stitches 30 colors
Sri Lanka
270 x 141 stitches 30 colors
Sri Lanka
167 x 114 stitches 30 colors
Sri Lankan Kandian Dancer
99 x 160 stitches 29 colors



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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.

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Everyone has trouble seeing stitches when she/he stitches white on white. The trick is to put a piece of black material behind the canvas. This will provide contrast between canvas and the white thread.
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.
If you are stitching using aida cloth that already has holes, you don’t need super sharp needles. More then that, you should prefer the rounded tip of a tapestry needle to ensure you don't accidentally split the fiber you're stitching with.
Preserving the direction of your stitches is very importent. Once you choose it don't change, stick with it unless your project specifically calls for it. It helps you to avoid your project looking haphazard and sloppy.