The best fabric for cross stitch other than even weave fabric and aida is Linen. Linen and evenweave look almost the same. Linen has small slubs in its surface but this wouldnot look so obvious once cross stitches are made. Linen has a beauty unparalleled as well as the weave is very apparent which makes it best for this embroidery.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 138 x 72 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 9.9 x 5.1 inches or 250 x 131 mm
Suggested Material Size: 15.8 x 11 inches or 400 x 281 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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