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.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 84 x 49 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 6 x 3.5 inches or 152 x 89 mm
Suggested Material Size: 11.9 x 9.4 inches or 302 x 239 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
It is tempting to stitch for hours at a time, especially when you can make the time and when you get in the "stitching zone." It is important to avoid this temptation, especially when you are a new stitcher. Taking breaks helps to prevent repetitive stress injuries and eyestrain. Stop stitching, get up, stretch, rest your eyes and hands for a moment, and then start again if you like. If you have trouble with "getting in the zone" and forgetting to take breaks, use a timer. Use the TV schedule or musical selections. When the buzzer, show or CD stops, it is time for a break.
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