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Stitching Surfaces - Cross Stitch Fabrics and Materials

100% Cotton Aida fabric is the perfect material for Cross Stitch and is usually the choice for beginning stitchers. Tiny holes in the fabric assist with stitch placement. Many colors of the fabric are available with fabric counts, or squares per inch, ranging from 11 to 18. Other Materials used in Cross Stitch include linen, various evenweave fabrics, plastic canvas, perforated paper, and waste canvas.
  1. Cross Stitch Fabric (12)
  2. Perforated Paper (3)
  3. Plastic Canvas (2)
  4. Tips about Fabric
  5. Waste Canvas (2)

Preparing the Edge of Fabric
A quick tip about using masking tape to bind the edge of fabric before stitching.

How to Care for Aida Fabric
Protecting Aida fabric from damage, Cleaning Aida fabric, how to avoid soiling Aida fabric

Cross Stitch Fabric - Aida Fabric
Aida fabric is the perfect material for Cross Stitch. Tiny holes in the fabric assist with stitch placement. Many colors of the fabric are available with fabric counts, or squares per inch, ranging from 11 to 18.

Cross Stitch Fabrics and Stitching Surfaces
Stitching fabrics and surfaces used in Cross Stitch include Aida, linen, various evenweave fabrics, plastic canvas, perforated paper, waste canvas, and more.

Put Cross Stitch Fabric in an Embroidery Hoop
Step-by-Step photo tutorial guides beginning stitchers in the use of a hoop.

Put Cross Stitch Fabric in Ratchet Needlework Frame
Walk through with tips about placing fabric in a Ratchet Needlework Frame.

Charles Craft NapTime Mat - NapTime Mat with 6-count Aida Insert
A Charles Craft NapTime Mat will make a great gift for your favorite pre-schooler. Even home-schooled kids will enjoy having a personal mat just for naptime.

Change the Color of Cross Stitch Fabrics
Many methods may be used to dye Cross Stitch fabric. Use items from your home, or purchase products designed for dyeing fabric. Experiment with different methods for creating unique fabrics for stitching.

Dye Cross Stitch Fabric Using Coffee
Change the color of your Cross Stitch fabric with left-over coffee or used coffee grounds.

Dye Cross Stitch Fabric With Drink Mixes
Dye fabric a rainbow of colors with drink mixes.

Tea-Dye Cross Stitch Fabric
Use tea to change the color of Cross Stitch fabric in a dramatic way.

Review - Fray Check to Hold Fabric Edges
Lesley Shepherd, About.com Guide to Miniatures, reviews Dritz Fray Check, a popular fray preventative used by miniaturists and needlecrafters.

Charles Craft Receiving Blanket - Pre-Finished Item Suitable for Cross Stitch
Charles Craft's 100% cotton receiving blanket will be a treasured gift, especially when personalized with a Cross Stitch or Machine Embroidery design.

How to Iron Needlework
Mary Marlowe Leverette shares how to properly iron needlework so that it maintains the shape and avoids adding shine.

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