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Cross-stitch

Cross-stitch is a
popular form of
counted-thread
embroidery in which X-
shaped stitches in a
tiled, raster-like pattern
are used to form a
picture. Cross-stitch is
often executed on
easily countable
evenweave fabric called
aida cloth. The stitcher
counts the threads in
each direction so that
the stitches are of
uniform size and
appearance. This form
of cross-stitch is also
called counted cross-
stitch in order to
distinguish it from other
forms of cross-stitch.
Sometimes cross-stitch
is done on designs
printed on the fabric
( stamped cross-
stitch); the stitcher
simply stitches over the
printed pattern.
Fabrics used in cross-
stitch include aida, linen
and mixed-content
fabrics called
'evenweave'. All cross
stitch fabrics are
technically
"evenweave", it refers
to the fact that the
fabric is woven to make
sure that there are the
same number of
threads in an inch both
left to right and top to
bottom (vertically and
horizontally). Fabrics are
categorized by threads
per inch (referred to as
'count'), which can
range from 11 to 40
count. Aida fabric has a
lower count because it
is made with two
threads grouped
together for ease of
stitching. Cross stitch
projects are worked
from a gridded pattern
and can be used on any
count fabric, the count
of the fabric
determines the size of
the finished stitching.


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