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.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 52 x 46 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 3.7 x 3.3 inches or 94 x 83 mm
Suggested Material Size: 9.6 x 9.2 inches or 244 x 233 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
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.
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