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« on: February 20, 2014 08:14:42 PM »

I'm new to cross stitch and after a little bit of practice getting the general stitches accomplished, I really enjoy it! I'm still not great at it and I've mostly done free hand block letters but I want to start doing patterns. My problem is 1. I'm not sure how to read them and 2. How do I know how much Aida to use for them if it doesn't say? 3. If I'm just going off of a finished pattern, how do I judge how much Aida? Any other tips would be fantastic:)
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014 09:07:17 PM »

Most patterns will give you the finished size of the project.  If the finished size is 5"x7" you'll want to cut your aida at least a couple inches bigger than the finished size (so your aida should be at least 7"x9").  Keep in mind that if the pattern calls for 16 count aida and you want to use a different size, the size of the pattern will vary.

As far as following a pattern- if you get a kit make sure to sort your threads before you start.  There are little cardboard cards you can get to keep the thread separate.  This makes everything go much smoother!  I also recommend getting a magnetic board for your pattern- it comes with magnetic strips that you can use to help you keep your place on the pattern.  I highly recommend following a 10x10 section of the pattern at a time.  You can block out the section on the pattern with the magnets, and it makes it much easier to follow.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014 07:58:56 AM »

The thing to remember about aida cloth is the count is how many stitches in an inch. So, fourteen count is fourteen stitches in an inch. I usually use way more cloth than need be because I never follow the pattern directions.  Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014 01:41:12 PM »

This is my favorite fabric calculator:


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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014 08:18:51 PM »

If you are feeling fancy and high tech there are apps in the apple App Store that are a calculator. They also give you the option to tell it how much of a border you want around your finished project. Best thing about this is no counting and they are typically free.
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