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How many strands do I use for x-stitching?

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Question: With the different size aida cloth, like 11-ct, 14-ct, 16ct etc., is there a rule for how many strands of thread to use when cross stitching?

Answer: YES!

6 count (or MONK Cloth): Use the full 6 Strands of Embroidery floss (or use YARN) for X-stitch and 3 Strands for Backstitch

11 count: Use 3 or 4 Strands for X-stitch, and 1 Strand for Backstitch

14 count: Use 2 Strands for X-stitch, and 1 Strand for Backstitch

16 or 18 count:  Use 1 or 2 Strands for X-stitch and 1 Strand for Backstitch

14-Count Aida with 2 Strands floss, and 1 Strand for backstitch

Author: tinymodernist

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