How to choose tools and sets for cross embroidery?

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Embroidery with a cross at first glance seems like a simple hobby. But in order for this activity to become pleasant and interesting, it is necessary to properly prepare for it. These recommendations will help you to easily choose a fabric, tools for handicrafts and choose the right set for embroidery.

For cross embroidery, you can choose sets for embroidery or schemes. Sets for embroidery have a complete set: there is a fabric, thread, needle, scheme and instruction on how to embroider. Therefore, sets for embroidery are especially recommended for beginners, but they are also loved by advanced tailors. Choosing to embroider schemes, you will have to assemble the set of embroidery tools yourself. No matter which method you choose, it is necessary to get acquainted well with the means so that the set or embroidery tools meet your expectations and the ability to embroider a fine work.

Scheme for embroidery. How to read it?

Each cross embroidery begins with the reading of the selected picture and embroidery scheme. Before starting embroidery, get acquainted with the legend, which indicates what fabric is needed, the color of the threads and what techniques will be embroidered (full crosses, half-crosses, edgings, French knots, etc.). This is especially true when embroidering the scheme, where tools for handicrafts need to be assembled.

Fabric for embroidery. How to choose it?

Aida - Classic fabric for embroidering with a cross. The distinctive weave of this fabric creates small corner holes that facilitate the calculation of crosses. Aida - the most commonly used fabrics in sets for embroidery and in many schemes. For beginners, large weave fabric Aida 14 ct is recommended, for advanced ones - 16 ct, 18 ct or even 20 ct.

Evenweave - Smooth weaving fabric is especially suitable for embroidery projects in which the background is not embroidered. Most often embroidered in 2 threads. The most popular in embroidery are the equivalents of Evenweave fabric densities – 32 ct, 28 ct and 36 ct, which are equivalents of Aida 16 ct, Aida 14 ct and Aida 18 ct (divided by 2).

Linas – one of the most beautiful fabrics for embroidery with a cross. Natural weaving of linen with slightly uneven fibers enhances the sense of naturalness. Like Evenweave linen is embroidered normally in 2 threads. Due to uneven weaving, linen is most often chosen by skilled tailors.

When choosing a fabric, it is especially useful to know how many crosses fit into each fabric by 10 cm. This will help to correctly calculate what size of material you will need if you plan to embroider the scheme or change the fabric in the kit.




Number of crosses of 10 cm

Aida 14 ct

Evenweave 28 ct

Linas 28 ct


Aida 16 ct

Evenweave 32 ct

Linas 32 ct


Aida 18 ct

Evenweave 36 ct

Linas 36 ct


Aida 20 ct

Evenweave 40 ct

Linas 40 ct


                                                * The amount of Evenweave and Linen crosses is calculated by embroidery through 2 threads.

IMPORTANT. When calculating the required size of the material for embroidery, it is necessary to add additional fabric and edges. Tailors are recommended to leave an additional 5-10 centimeters from each edge of the embroidery, which will allow you to properly frame the work or otherwise realize it.

Needle. How to choose it?

Choosing needles is one of the simplest steps in preparing to embroider, but especially important for embroidering pleasantly, stress-free. The needle is selected according to the fabric on which you will embroider. The needle size is calculated as follows: the number 10 is added to the density of the fabric (calculated from the density of Aida) and a needle number is obtained. Below are the most common needle numbers.


Needle number

Aida 14 ct, Evenweave 28 ct, Linas 28 ct, melting canw and plastic canw


Aida 16 ct, Evenweave 32 ct ir Linas 32 ct


Aida 18 ct, Evenweave 36 ct ir Linas 36 ct



Tools for embroidery. What facilitates the process?

In order to achieve a maximum positive sensation for embroidery, embroideries use additional tools for handicrafts, without some, this hobby would become a real challenge.

  • Almost no embroidery process takes place without a hoop, frame or q-snap. These tools are designed to tighten the fabric – the crosses become smoother, it is more convenient to hold the fabric, and even both hands can be embroidered using the frame.
  • Washable or self-fading marker pens are used to mark light fabric, white pencils are used to mark dark fabrics.
  • For operational embroidery, threading device and special embroidery scissors offer especially help, which are sharp and pointed, so they cut an unnecessary thread right next to the fabric.
  • Special magnets are especially useful when embroidery with several needles (holds them) or for fixing the embroidery scheme. One of the biggest problems of embroiderers is when needles are lost.
  • Yarn sorters, boxes or coils are especially useful for organizing the embroidery process, properly consisting of threads according to the symbols in the legend of the embroidery scheme.

No matter what you choose to embroider, schemes or sets, it is important to know what tools match your embroidery capabilities and how to change them properly so that embroidery provides positive emotions when embroidery.

We hope that the first part of "Memo for Each Tailors" was useful to you. And if you want to try something new from the tools described in the article, we invite you to review. 


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