Stitching on Aida vs. Cloth

After unearthing a stamped cross stitch set that was older than I am from my grandmother’s basement, I discovered that stitching on cloth is an entirely new experience from the precise, even grid of aida cloth that I’d once known. The pattern, a bunch of birdhouses and flowers with birds flitting around was bigger than any of the small binary hearts or animals I’d stitched, and having to follow stamped grey crosses rather than the grain of aida seemed difficult to say the least.

 

Look at those nice, even rows. Image credit xstitchdesign.co

Look at those nice, even rows. Image credit xstitchdesign.co

What makes aida cloth great for cross stitch is that it has evenly spaces rows of holes that are easy to create even, uniform stitches in. With cloth, that framework is gone and you have to use your own judgment on where the needle should go, while ensuring the stitches are similar in size. While the cloth was more difficult to work with, I was also able to add details to my work which I couldn’t do on aida, like embroider areas and add decorative knots.

 

My work in progress. See the Xs printed on the cloth?

My work in progress. See the Xs printed on the cloth?

In the beginning, I made slow progress. I kept putting my needle in crookedly resulting in some uneven crosses of varying sizes, but after a few rows it became easier to judge the placement of the needle. I didn’t have to worry about needle placement as much while using the aida, as it has premade holes that you can easily space your stitches in. I felt I had to pay more attention while stitching with cloth!

If you’ve never stitched with cloth, don’t be afraid! All it takes is a little extra attention and time to learn where to place your needle, and soon you’ll be cloth stitching like a pro.

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