Consistent tension is crucial for creating proper stitches. They should be flat against the fabric, not too tight, not too loose. Experiment on scrap fabric until you learn how tightly you need to pull the floss to create a perfect stitch.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 40 x 46 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 2.9 x 3.3 inches or 73 x 83 mm
Suggested Material Size: 8.8 x 9.2 inches or 223 x 233 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Remember, cross-stitch is considered counted embroidery.
So count count count count again and double check your counting. It really helps minimize mistakes.
Gridding save you a lot of time (and your sanity too). Cross stitch is meant to be relaxing. Make your hobby hugely beneficial for your mental and physical health.
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