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: 49 x 52 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 3.5 x 3.7 inches or 89 x 94 mm
Suggested Material Size: 9.4 x 9.6 inches or 239 x 244 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
We would argue that crossing stitches in different directions isn't a complete sin, but if you like things looking flawless and professional, make sure you go in the same direction. The top leg can go anywhere, but the corresponding stitches all need to follow suit for a perfect finish.
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