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Is there an easy way to alter the size of a Cross Stitch Pattern?

One of our lovely customers asked, “I love this pattern and want to make it for my son’s room, but it is smaller than I would like. Is there an easy way for me to adjust this pattern to be bigger?”

The answer is: YES!

There are 2 ways you can adjust the size of your Cross Stitch Pattern:

FIRST METHOD

This is the easiest method:  use the pattern as is, but change the size (count) of your Aida cloth!

All of our Cross stitch Patterns are designed for 14-count Aida cloth, which has 14 squares per inch. But you don’t always have to use 14-count Aida!

If you want your design to be larger, use a SMALLER count, such as 6-, 8- or 11-count Aida cloth, which has larger squares (fewer squares per inch) and will make your finished design larger. Remember, you will need to use 3 or even 4 threads when stitching on smaller count aida cloth. 

This method will ALSO work to SHRINK your pattern. Instead of using 14-count aida cloth, try using 18- or 24-count to make your finished design SMALLER. See the handy chart below 🙂

aida cloth counts

SECOND METHOD

This is next method: use the same size of Aida Cloth, but change the pattern slightly!

This method is a little more complicated, but works well to DOUBLE the size of your finished piece, and STILL uses 14-count Aida cloth.

What do you do?

Just stitch 4 “x”s for every 1 square on the original pattern. (For example, if there is a section of color that calls for 2 x 3 “x”s, you would stitch 4 x 6 “x”s instead.) If the original design size was 38 x 40 stitches, the new design would end up being 76 x 80 stitches.

See this example below:

Pink Sun-double

How can I figure out how much bigger (or smaller) it will be?

Here’s the math!!!

 stitch count of design ./. aida cloth count = finished size in inches

NOTE: You will have to make 2 calculations: 1 for the LENGTH and 1 for the WIDTH

So, how big will a 70 x 91 design be on 14-Count Aida?

70 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 5 inches (70 ./. 14= 5″)

AND

91 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 6.5 inches (91 ./. 14 = 6.5″)

ANSWER:  5″ x 6.5″

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So, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 11-Count Aida?

70 ./. 11= 6.36″

91 ./.11= 8.27″

ANSWER: Approx. 6.5″ x 8.5″

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And finally, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 18-Count Aida?

70 ./. 18= 3.8″

91 ./.18= 5.05″

ANSWER: Approx. 4″ x 5″

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Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

More questions? I’m always happy to help. Email me at cheryl@tinymodernist.com

 


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Free Easter Cross Stitch Pattern

It’s bunny time again! Here is a sweet little Easter pattern FREE to download!

Just RIGHT CLICK on the image, and SAVE AS to save it onto your desktop. It will open in Adobe reader.

Easter Bunny Cross Stitch Pattern

 


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FREE spring Tulip Cross Stitch Pattern PDF download

Hello all!

Here’s a short and sweet post for you…click on this link for a nice free pattern for spring!

If you want to save the pattern to your desktop, just right-click on the image and “save as”.

As always, please respect handmade. My patterns are for personal use only.

Thanks, and happy stitching!

Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

 

tulips-framed


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FREE Valentine’s Cross Stitch Pattern- Cute Raccoon with Heart

I’ve been loving Raccoons lately. They are showing up in trendy fabrics on Spoonflower, artsy illustrations, or if you’re looking for a stitchy project- check out my own Raccoon with Red Chevron Cross Stitch Pattern. Here’s a sampling of some original raccoon-y things for you to be inspired by (I know I was…heehee)

racoon sampler

1. Scamper Raccoon by Birch Fabrics
2. Raccoon Family Portrait by papersparrow
3. R is for Raccoon by Kirstie Edmunds
4. Raccoon Male Print by Berkley Illustration

And now for the free pattern! It’s a cute raccoon with a little heart. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…and this might work as a card? A little framed gift?  Or read my tutorial on block-mounting your finished x-stitch onto canvas!

Click here to download this pattern for FREE.

Happy Stitching!

Cheryl@tinymodernist

raccoon heart


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Retro Modern Needlepoint Pillows at Jonathan Adler

Do you love the look of vintage needlepoint pillows, but (like me!) don’t have the time or energy to stitch one yourself?

Than you will love these Jonathan Adler pillows!! They are retro mod cool with a 60s flare and best of all, they don’t require any DIY stitching 🙂

Here are a few of my favorites!!

(You can click on the images, and it will take you right to their website…)