Specialist fabrics for cross-stitch are available in a range of colours and types. Evenweave
fabrics are the most popular choice for cross-stitch. They have an equal number of horizontal and vertical threads to
every inch (2.5cm). This number is called "the count" - the higher the count, the finer the fabric. The threads
are easy to see so they can be counted to ensure even stitching.
Adia fabrics are a special type of evenweave with threads fused together in blocks of various
sizes, or counts. Each stitch is worked (generally) over one thread block.
Choose a fabric that suits the project you are working on. Specialist needlecraft shops
are the best souce of fabrics and advice. Then again, post a query in the forum and hopefully someone will be able to
Cross-stitch forms a diagonal cross on the front of the fabric. Each cross is composed
of two diagonal stitches worked one on top of the other in opposite directions. You can use rows of cross-stitches to
form blocks of colour or you can work individual stitches. For a neat finish, always make sure that you make the top
diagonal of each cross slant in the same direction.
Fractional stitches are variations of normal cross-stitch and they are used to create smoother
outlines and to add details to designs. Fractional stitches include half cross-stitches (single diagonal stitches) and
three-quarter stitches (which are made up of a full diagonal and a half diagonal).