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: 286 x 56 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 20.4 x 4 inches or 519 x 102 mm
Suggested Material Size: 26.3 x 9.9 inches or 669 x 252 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Don't leave the project in the hoop overnight. When you're done cross-stitching for the day don't forget to take it out of the hoop. Your embroidery project needs rest to!
And another important thing. No matter which direction your top leg of stitch is going, but please be sure that they are all going in the same direction.
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