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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.
Friends
99 x 67 stitches 20 colors
Love
55 x 43 stitches 3 colors
Love
148 x 132 stitches 24 colors
Heart
63 x 58 stitches 6 colors
Romantic
109 x 109 stitches 20 colors
Love
97 x 65 stitches 2 colors
Birds
119 x 107 stitches 1 colors
Love You
126 x 95 stitches 5 colors
Love
75 x 46 stitches 4 colors
Hearts
50 x 66 stitches 4 colors



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For sure you are want to beautifully display your finished cross stitch, embroidery or needlework projects.
The easiest way to do it is to put them in a frame.
Just choose a frame that complements your design and a neutral mat color for the mat next to the frame.
Before framing make sure you have enough extra fabric around the design.

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Even if you think your hands are clean, you should wash them before you touch your cross-stitch fabric or your floss (embroidery thread).
The easy to keep from losing your cross-stitch needles, is to glue a magnetic strip to the inside of the box you keep your embroidery floss and other accessories.
It is very important to double check your counting. It is called counted cross stitch, isn't it? If even one missing stitch in important area can destroy the project. So please, check your counting before you start the stitching. It's worth it.
Tension in your stitching is by far the easiest thing to correct, especially if you’re using a hoop – pull tight but not so tight that you stretch the hole at all. If you stitch in hand you have to be more careful.

I find that pulling the thread mostly through and then using my little finger in the hand holding the needle to “flick” the tail the final bit gives perfect tension and is reproducible for each stitch. Pay attention to the tension you’re applying as, if you stitch in different directions or do “patches” of stitching over the piece, you’ll pull it in weird directions.
Cross stitch embroidery is a passion with some people – the idea of transferring a design and turning it into an abstract art on fabric with colourful thread is something which triggers their creativity big time – as it is for me. But people were cross stitching from about 500 AD.