The ABC's of Cross StitchMore Like This
The ABC's of Cross Stitch
A: Aida, evenweave and linen are the most common types of fabric used for cross stitch. Aida cloth is woven with the threads grouped into definite blocks, forming a pattern of "squares" and "holes"; stitches are formed over the blocks by passing the needle through the holes. Evenweave refers to fabric where threads are woven singly - the "even" part of the term refers to the fact that the number warp and weft (horizontal and vertical) threads is the same - no skipping over threads to form a "design" in the fabric. Evenweave threads can have some small variation of thickness, though it is not as extreme as linen, in which "slubs" (varying thickness across a single thread) are characteristic of the weave. Cross stitch can also be done on silk gauze, perforated paper or plastic, or on "regular" fabric with the use of waste canvas.
B: Breaks are important! Be sure to sit up and stretch, an