# You asked: How do you calculate cross stitch material?

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## How much Aida fabric do I need?

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”

## What’s the difference between 14 and 18 count Aida?

The different types of Aida cloth are labeled according to their thread count. Therefore, 14 Aida cloth is a 14-count fabric which gives 14 stitches per inch, and 18 Aida cloth gives 18 stitches per inch, since it is an 18-count fabric.

## How do you calculate a stitch count?

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).

## Is stamped cross stitch easier than counted?

Counted cross stitch is so much easier than stamped. You will fall right into it easily. The biggest hurdle may be if you like to stitch with one color at a time and are counting over large areas.

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## How many threads should I cross stitch with?

Cross stitch is generally worked using two strands of stranded cotton when working on 14-count and 16-count Aida. It is perfectly acceptable to mix the number of threads used within the same project. You might want to alter the texture of the finished piece by working in one, two and even three strands.

## Do you double the thread in cross stitch?

Use a single or double strand of thread, see pattern key for instructions. Bring the needle up through the fabric at the point of the first stitch (I), leaving 2 cm at the back, and bring the needle back through the fabric at the point where the stitch will end (J), this creates one backstitch.

## How do you price finish a cross stitch?

One of the most common and popular ones is shown below: Cost of Materials + Hourly Rate x time taken to complete project = cost of project + GST = Sale Price Using one of my projects as an example, this formula would look like: Materials: 148 DMC colours x \$1.50 per colour = \$222.

## What’s the difference between 11 count and 14 count Aida?

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.

## What is Backstitching in cross stitch?

Backstitching is simply looking for the “end” point of your next stitch and then finishing the stitch using the “beginning” hole.

## How many threads do I use on 18 count Aida?

In the case of 18 count Aida I would suggest either 1 or 2 depending on how “heavy” or “solid” you want the finished piece to look. A single strand will result in a delicate piece of work, but you may prefer the more solid coverage from using 2 strands.

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## How do I reduce the size of a cross stitch pattern?

How to Scale Down a Cross Stitch Pattern?

1. Take the number of stitches across, then divide it by a larger-count fabric’s thread count.
2. Then, count the number of stitches down and divide it by the fabric’s thread count.