# Quick Answer: How big should I cut my cross stitch fabric?

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Finally, cut your fabric to be 3 inches larger than the frame on all four sides. This means that the height of your fabric should be 6 inches more than the height of your frame. And that the width of your fabric should be 6 inches more than the width of your frame. “That’s WAY too much fabric!”

## How do you calculate the size of a cross stitch?

Look at your chart and count the number of stitches in each direction. Divide this number by the number of stitches to 2.5cm (1in) on the fabric of your choice and this will determine the completed design size. For example, 140 stitches divided by 14-count aida equals a design size of 10in (25.5cm).

## How much margin do you leave on cross stitch?

Have a decent margin around your fabric — add about 2-3″ on to the finished pattern dimensions so you’ll have enough fabric for framing or finishing (or if the edges get a little frayed).

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## What is the difference between 14 count and 16 count Aida?

“14 count aida” means that there are 14 holes/squares per inch of the fabric. Therefore, “16 count aida” means that there are 16 holes/squares per inch and so, the squares or ‘crosses’ you stitch will be smaller.

## What size do I cut my Aida cloth?

The most common counts in Aida Cloth are 11, 14, 18 and 28. The higher the number, the smaller the stitches will be, because there are more stitches in each inch. Beginners may want to start with 11-count or 14-count Aida Cloth, as it is easy to see where to place the stitches.

## How big should my Aida be?

Calculate the Fabric Size Required

Stitched Image Size Suggested Fabric Size
Fabric Count Width Width
11 Count Aida 38 ¼” 44 ¼”
14 Count Aida 30″ 36″
16 Count Aida 26 ¼” 32 ¼”

## Why is the pointed needle not used for cross stitch?

Since cross stitch is traditionally done on fabric with an open weave like Aida, you don’t need a sharp needle. The rounded tip of a tapestry needle helps ensure you don’t accidentally pierce the threads of the fabric or split the fiber you’re stitching with.

## Is there a right and wrong side to Aida cloth?

When using a needle, it is easier for the needle to find the hole on one side than the other. If you look at the fabric in a good light you will see that one side looks smoother and the holes clearer than the other which might look or feel a bit rougher.

## Why do you start cross stitch in the middle?

When you begin a new cross stitch project, it is a good idea to start stitching in the middle of the design. That way you make sure your design is centered in the fabric. Small arrows at the edges of a cross stitch chart indicate the center points.

## Should Aida cloth be washed before stitching?

As tempting as it may be, I don’t usually recommend washing aida before stitching on it. … When you wash it, this stiffener will get washed away and the cloth will feel much softer, but the threads will spread out and your holes will be harder to find and stitch through.

## What is 11 count cross stitch?

The largest apple was stitched on 6-count fabric (6 stitches per inch), the medium on 11-count fabric (11 stitches per inch), and the smallest on 16-count fabric (16 stitches per inch). Fabric count also determines the size needle you use.

## What does DMC stand for in cross stitch?

Dollfus-Mieg et Compagnie (abbreviated as DMC), is an Alsatian textile company created in Mulhouse, France in 1746 by Jean-Henri Dollfus. During the twentieth century, it was one of the largest European textile and industry groups.

## What is the best brand of Aida?

Whats The Best Cross Stitch Aida Brand?

• Big Box Store Aida. Finally, the next brand we have on our list is the big box store. …
• DMC Aida. DMC aida is generally a brand most have used at least once. …
• Permin Aida. Permin aida is fantastic, let’s get that’s straight from the outset. …
• Zweigart Aida. …
• Charles Craft Aida.
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