How to Measure Aida Cloth Count

Written by kochava r. greene
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Aida is the brand name of a popular fabric used for cross-stitching. Aida fabric is woven to have a certain number of holes per linear inch through which cross-stitch floss is sewn. Aida fabric comes in a variety of sizes, from six holes per inch to 24 holes per stitch. Aida cloth also comes in a range of colours, and can be bought in different lengths and widths. Cross-stitch patterns generally recommend the size of Aida to use to accomplish the project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Aida cloth
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Lay out your Aida cloth so that it is flat on a table or other firm surface. Weigh down the corners to keep it from slipping.

  2. 2

    Select a portion of the cloth toward the centre, where the vertical and horizontal fibres of the cloth are straight and not unravelling or warped.

  3. 3

    Place your ruler on the cloth with the mark for 0 at the leftmost edge of a hole. Lay the ruler flat along a horizontal line of the cloth. Count the number of holes between the 0 and the 1-inch mark on the ruler. The number of holes in that range is the size count of your Aida cloth.

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