Cross stitch fabrics: Aida, evenweave, and linen

hi oh this is Danna in this video I'm gonna be talking about different kinds of fabric that you can use for your cross stitch and also embroidery projects so there are three main types of fabric there's 8 o'clock and there is even weave cloth and there's linen there's a lot of varieties of these but those are the three main ones that you'll find stitchers use you'll see occasionally people using something different like maybe like a cotton or something like burlap or something like that but yeah this ADA even weave in linen are your three main ones you'll hear a lot about and that's usually what's called for in most cross stitch patterns so the first one up is Ada and I've got some here so ADA is neat it's blocks of threads so you can see here I'm just gonna zoom in a little bit here so you can see it's actually made up of strands of threads create little blocks in the middle so this is a really good fabric for beginners if you're just starting out with cross stitch because the holes are so easy to see it's also usually tends to be a little bit stiffer it's just a test piece of fabric I was using for something but so this is what's called it's the only thing it's some Michaels loops & threads variety so if you go to Michael's shops and they'll have tubes like rolls of fabric this is what this is you can see it's a little bit stiff you can see it's left the hoop mark and it that comes out just by washing it and ironing it but yeah you can see it's actually quite stiff to work with whereas something like this is ADA as well this is Veigar it's ADA it's a German company they make they make beautiful fabrics so you can see this is a lot more pliable and a lot softer to stitch with so this is what I used for my spirited animals collection and my website where is this one it's this one's really good for quick little projects because it's not that expensive and it is quite commonly available this Veigar you tend to have to go to needlework shops or you can get it online places like charting creations or 1-2-3 stitch comm or so and so i'll put some links to those shops in the description below you can get the these kinds of beautiful ADA fabrics so you can see that fools in this one are a little bit more distinct than in this way graph but this viagra it's a lot more pliable so this is 14 count that means it's 14 stitches to the inch that's normal for what most beginners start with although many intermediate and advanced stitches also prefer 14 camp because it is easier to see the holes and to work with all right and there's also a different kinds of specialty Aida so I'll show you this here this is this is Charles craft which is DMC so this is called Fiddler's cloth or Fiddler's Aida and it's basically an oatmeal Aida but what this is actually really nice I think it seems stiff at first but why should when you start working with it your hands start touching it it actually gets quite soft and pliable so that's really neat it's actually gives a really nice rustic look to patterns so I use this for my adorned life collection it's like a bunch of like pin cushions and and things like that so that was actually really nice flex I wanted the pieces to have kind of a vintage II look and so this was actually really really nice to work with I actually got this on Amazon quite inexpensively yeah and it's made by Charles crafts so is that there's that kind of specialty Adah you can get this is from Swigert i just got this this is amazing this is linen aida so I'll be talking about linen fabric separately you can see the texture of it it's really cool so this is actually made out of pure linen thread but it's actually been woven like 8s so it's a lot easier to stitch with than a normal linen fabric which I'll go into in a moment and you can get all kinds of hand dyed aida you can hand IAT yourself like you would any other fabric as well so that's the ADA so it's good to start with the next step is what's called even weave and you can see I've got a bunch of different colors here this is it's called Purple Passion this is also from swag art fabrics and you can see the count on this that the thread count is a lot higher this is 25 counts of 25 stitches to the inch if you're gonna be stitching over each individual thread a lot of people with even weave in linen fabrics will stitch what's called over 2 so let's go over to threads and I'll show you that and this is just a little project I did for a friend zoom in here make sure it's focused so you can see and these stitches here you can see it's actually each cross is actually going up two holes instead of one they can go over one but it's gonna be really small and you're gonna end up what you might want to use over one if you're doing a really really big project and say you can't find fabric wide enough for it then then you would go over one but for the most part these higher count fabrics you're going to stitch over to another advantage of stitching over two is you can do fractional stitches it's hard to see in here but this is a back stitch this way and then it's actually a little diagonal stitch here that goes across to help fill in this little part of the letter here so it's called a fractional stitch and it's a lot easier to do on the higher thread count fabrics like like the even weave in the linen just because you've already got a hole there so you're not trying to puncture the center of your block of aida like if you're trying to go through the center of this block to make a fractional stitch it's possible but it's a little tricky with a tapestry needle because the taps Trevino's not really meant to go through the middle it's meant to go just through the holes so it is possible but it is a lot easier when you're using the evenly fabric so that's that so this is why guard fabric I've got a cream and I've got a nice cream one here I use these all for the recent royal proclamations collection and I'll put links to all the collections in the description below as well so you can actually see the differences in the fabrics this is Monaco 28 count so it's a little bit higher thread count and then there's my guard here so there's I got called Luke Ghana that's just the name of the 25 count with site from zegart this is the 28 count Monaco fabric from charles craft you can see it's a little bit finer but with even weave you can see all the threads are really really even they're all identical that the space in between each hole is totally identical even weaves tend to be made out of cotton or cotton blend fabrics and you know it's called even way because it is so consistent across the whole fabric so lots of people like even weave and it's really really nice to stitch with and then like step is linen and i've got some examples here to show you everything either way this is some casual linen so this is really really beautiful stuff also things rygaard my local need a workshop only stocks Swigert because they're one of the better companies and they've got a huge range of colors and such so these are both casual linen obviously is it's black and it's a little bit trickier to do but you can see with this one it's got a ton of fractional stitches like all these little diagonal stitches are actually all fractional stitches so this is being stitched over to same as this one this one doesn't have any fractional stitches at all this is just a pattern I got off the antique pattern library I'm just itching for myself so this is a like a delicate beige linen excuse me so linen is actually from the flax plant and he can see it's got a really nice sort of gentle sheen to it like it's not shiny dough but it's got a really really nice texture but you can see how some of the threads are a little bit thicker somewhere a little bit thinner sometimes it'll have what's called a slub which is like a little area where it's like one little section is just a little bit thicker and that's actually totally natural that's part of the beauty of linen so that's the main difference between linen and even weave is linen it is a little bit more natural looking it's less manufactured looking but it does depend as well I mean if you're using a really really high thread count linen like this is why I got to Newcastle linen this is 40 count so you can see how fine that is but yeah you see the little the little slubs but yeah that texture of the linen is is what makes it so beautiful it's got a really really nice Sheen to it so linen is really nice to work with it is obviously more expensive than using EDA but if you're doing a big project or you wanted to do something really special and I would definitely recommend looking at linens and seeing what you can either get at your local shop if you have one or order in most shops can order in a huge variety of fabrics that you probably don't even know exists one thing to note though too about linen is it does crease a little bit more more easily when you're working with it like I I'm stitching this one in hand so I'm just rolling up the edge and then just stitching it without a hoop and so you can see it does get creased a little bit more evenly it irons out fine though I mean I mean if you own linen clothing you know that linen is a little bit more temperamental in the fact that it does crease easily but yeah it is fairly easy to take care of as well it's nice durable fabric it's really really butyl I really like working with this and excuse me I'm also show you some specialty fabrics so with the linen so here's some other lemons here on different colors let me show you so there's just some other colors I was testing so it's a nice gray there and then there's the beige one I'm using for the peacock as well it depends on where you're buying it from but there's all kinds of neat patterns like this is 32 count even weave and it's so cute this is from swag art they just sent me some samples which is fantastic I think you're so cute little polka dots again this sister just you can't even weave and it's got different colors available I got some neat marbled type ones here some more marbling here so you can get all kinds of really beautiful textures and colors you can even get sparkles like a lot of fabrics of sports this is a linen that's got sparkles woven into it which is amazing this is actually a linen aida this is 18 count linen so obviously it's not pure linen because the metallics running through it but it is super cool I'm really looking forward to trying something out with that so that's pretty much it like I said you can get good fabrics from your local media workshop or charles craft which is DMC has a lot of good selection Swigert you can search and see where they are available or where to order them online charting creations 1-2-3 stitch so and so calm or sorry don't co dot uk' they can all order in any of these fabrics and also for hand dyed fabric there's a company called fiber licious and i'll put a link to that as well in the description I haven't used sir fabrics but some of my customers have recently been using them and they look amazing like there's one the customers using right now and it's like this color it's similar to this color maybe a little bit deeper purple but it's got sparkles all through it which is really really cool and her patterns coming up looking really really neat so that's pretty much it for now if you have any questions or comments please let me know in the comment section below and if you'd like to access for free patterns on the site you can click on the little pop up in the top right and then you can sign up to get instant access to those free patterns that are on my site and I hope you have a great day bye for now


  1. Fran Cummings

    I would love to know the designer’s name who charted the NW coast salmon design. I know you mentioned the name in another video, but now I cannot locate which video. Would you share that info with me? Thanks for some very informative videos.

  2. Sopho Tsiklauri

    Hi, do you know such fabric, that after finishing embroidering the fabric is melting? for ex. if you want to embroidery on velvet fabric and after finishing the other fabric gets melted and the image is only on the velvet??

  3. AVM

    These fabrics and colors are gorgeous!! Do you have a video that discusses how to arrive at the size of fabric needed to complete a pattern? For example I have a pattern that has a stitch count of 107w x 59H stitched 2 over 2 on 28 count lagana. I need to learn size of fabric needed so that I can easily purchase without using a cross stitch calculator :-). I'm used to buying kits.

  4. Rachums McOne

    I see you used some what I assume are ordinary 8×10 paper sleves that fit in a three ring binder to hold a few of your samples. I was just wondering how well it worked, was something I rhought to do for myself so I could create a small index/catalog for myself to use as a reference point for different characters and patterns I may want to use as elements of various cross stitch pieces.

  5. Ann Gutierrez

    Hi Dana, very informative video. Great explanation of different Aida fabrics. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day!


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