Types of Embroidery Fabric that can be used for the Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork Designs

The designs are worked on a counted fabric such as Aida, Jobelan, Etamin and Linen. Fabric for counted work is made up of threads that are woven forming a grid. The grid makes equally sized squares or holes in the fabric. The design is worked by counting the threads of the fabric and taking the needle through the holes in the fabric. Typically the design is worked over one thread of the fabric when working on 8 - 18 count fabric and over two threads of the fabric when working on 20 - 42 count fabric. The smaller the number of threads to the inch the easier it will be to see the holes on the fabric. A beginner will typically work on a 14 count fabric. Advanced embroiderers prefer to work on 28 or 32 count. Young children and people who have poor eyesight may opt to work on 8 or 10 count fabric.

Below is a description of the fabrics I have available to work the Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs.

You can work the design on any type of counted fabric, see below for the approximate size of the designs on all counted fabrics. These sizes are approximate and may vary on the weave of the fabric. I have found that some fabrics are not truly square so you may find the design comes out slightly wider or longer. If you are planning on doing all the designs it is best to purchase the fabric for all the designs at same time time from the same bolt of fabric to ensure the designs come out the same size.

Approximate Sizes of the Designs on Different Count Fabrics

Designs Worked Over One Thread of The Fabric

8 Count: 12 ½ inches (31 ¼ cm) wide by 18 inches (45 cm) high

10 Count: 10 inches (25 cm) wide by 14 3/8 inches (36 cm) high

12 Count: 8 3/8 inches (20 ¾ cm) wide by 12 inches (30 cm) high

14 Count: 7 3/16 inches (18 ¼ cm) wide by 10 ½ inches (26 ¼ cm) high

16 Count: 6 ¼ inches (16 cm) wide by 9 inches (23 cm) high

18 Count: 5 ½ inches (14 cm) wide by 8 inches (20 cm) high

Designs Worked Over Two Threads of The Fabric

20 Count: 10 inches (25 cm) wide by 14 3/8 inches (36 cm) high

22 Count: 9 inches (22 ¾ cm) wide by 13 inches (32 ¾ cm) high

24 Count: 8 3/8 inches (20 ¾ cm) wide by 12 inches (30 cm) high

26 Count: 7 ¾ inches (19 ¼ cm) wide by 11 inches (27 ¾ cm) high

28 Count: 7 3/16 inches (18 ¼ cm) wide by 10 ½ inches (26 ¼ cm) high

30 Count: 6 5/8 inches (16 ½ cm) wide by 10 ½ inches (26 ¼ cm) high

32 Count: 6 ¼ inches (16 cm) wide by 9 inches (23 cm) high

34 Count: 5 7/8 inches (14 3/4 cm) wide by 8 ½ inches (21 cm) high

36 Count: 5 ½ inches (14 cm) wide by 8 inches (20 cm) high

38 Count: 5 ¼ inches (13 ¼ cm) wide by 7 ½ inches (19 cm) high

40 Count: 5 inches (12 ½ cm) wide by 7 ¼ inches (18 cm) high

 

These sizes are approximate and may vary on the weave of the fabric. I have found that some fabrics are not truly square so you may find the design comes out slightly wider or longer. If you are planning on doing all the designs it is best to purchase the fabric for all the designs at same time time from the same bolt of fabric to ensure the designs come out the same size.

 

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