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: 151 x 129 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 10.8 x 9.2 inches or 274 x 234 mm
Suggested Material Size: 16.7 x 15.1 inches or 424 x 384 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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