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.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 8/inch or 31/100mm
Design Size: 30 x 13 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 3.8 x 1.6 inches or 95 x 41 mm
Suggested Material Size: 9.7 x 7.5 inches or 245 x 191 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 4 strands
If you are stitching using aida cloth that already has holes, you don’t need super sharp needles. More then that, you should prefer the rounded tip of a tapestry needle to ensure you don't accidentally split the fiber you're stitching with.
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