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Organize your Cross Stitch Materials

Begin by measuring your fabric to the appropriate size. You must first figure out the stitch count of your design horizontally and vertically. Most patterns will supply this information in the directions. For example, if your stitch count on your pattern is 140 (vertical) X 112 (horizontal) you would divide each of these number by the count of the fabric you have chosen. Letís assume you have chosen a 14 count Aida cloth (which means there are 14 stitches or squares per inch). You would divide each stitch count by 14. Donít forget to add another 4 to 6 inches to each measurement for framing.


140/14 = 10 inches + 6 inches (for framing) =16 inches

112/14 = 8 inches + 6 inches (for framing) =14 inches

(you would cut your material 16 inches vertically and 14 inches horizontally)

When using a linen or Jobelan or any fabric with an even stitch count of 20 or above you will generally be stitching over two threads. For example, if your linen has a count of 32, you will cut that in half for your calculations (32/2). So, a 32 count fabric would become a 16 count fabric when stitched over two threads. (32/2=16)

Cuts of fabric. There are different cuts of fabric. Among these are fat quarters, fat halves, and full yards. If you were to take a yard of fabric and lay it out flat and cut it into 4 equal parts vertically and horizontally, one of the four pieces would be considered a fat quarter. A fat half is that same fabric cut horizontally right down the middle to make two halves. Of course, a full yard is the whole piece of fabric. Most patterns will fit onto a fat quarter of fabric.

Be sure to double check your math before cutting. Once youíve cut it, itís too late. There is no taping it back together.

Next, use masking tape to tape the edges of your material to prevent fraying. You can also serge the edges of your fabric with a sewing machine. There are also products on the market that can be applied to the edges of your fabric to stop fraying like Fray Stop. Follow the directions on the bottle.

Then, organize all of your floss colors in one floss container in numerical order for easy access. Keep any other material you will need to complete your project in the container as well, like beads and specialty threads, extra needles, etc. Be sure to check how many skeins of each color you will need so you donít run out. This information should be provided in the directions or in the color chart. I like to keep my floss on reusable plastic bobbins with a number tag. Some people like to use small bags to hold their floss called Floss Away.