[HNW] Egyptian Sampler

Cassandra L. Mccraw cmccraw at uark.edu
Fri Nov 4 06:58:49 PST 2005

Once you try linen, you will not be able to go back to aida! If you normally work on 16 count aida, that translates to 32 count linen (you just double the number), so 25 count linen should be a breeze! It will actually be a bigger count and will be easier to see. And those partial stitches will be especially easy to see.

Go to a locally owned needlework shop ("LNS") and tell them you have never worked on linen before. To quote a friend who used to own a needlework store, "Give me a virgin and she'll never stitch on aida again." 

Oh - make sure you get margins of at least 3 inches all around and overcast the edges. Many LNSs will even serge the edges for you.

Happy stitching!

Fionna/Cassandra McCraw
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I am planning on making this Egyptian cross-stitch sampler:
http://leisurearts.com/crafts_needlework/item_detail.asp?item_num=3282&search=1# (make sure to include the # sign in the URL).  This is going to be really challenging for me... a lot of new stitches, two different colored threads as one, etc.

The book says to not use aida cloth but cloth and to work the stitches over one fabric thread.  Has anyone worked a pattern similar to this one?  If so, what type of fabric do you suggest I use?  My vision isn't as good as when I was 20 y.o. when I could count threads in a piece of regular fabric.   16 count aida cloth is what I usually use without magnifying aids.  So I am concerned if I am going to run into problems with regular cloth.  What kind of cloth do you all suggest that I use?

The sampler's suggest the size:
25 ct fabric (over 2 threads) finish 12 7/8" X 15 7/8"
160w X 198h stitch count.  

Does this mean that if I use a 25 count fabric that I am to work over two threads instead of one?  Also how do I know the count on a piece of fabric.

Penny E. Ladnier
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