Types of Fabric

Cross stitch is worked on evenweave fabric there are an even number of holes per centimetre.  The lowest most popular number is 14 count,  although it goes as low as 6 count.

The most popular counts are 14,16,18,28 and 32.  The more holes per inch the more detailed the designs become and smaller.   If you have a chart for 14 count but only had 16 count fabric the final design would be smaller than the original design size.

The fabric is usually cotton or linen and can be obtained in a variety of colours.  The most popular is white or ecru.

Counted cross stitch kits will state on the contents which fabric count is included.   This can also indicate how difficult a design is likely to be.

Some charts will give you an option of fabric counts and the different sizes the completed design will be.