Aida cloth is a type of woven material used as a backing for embroidery or needlepoint work. Aida cloth is made so that the weave of the fabric is visible because it is used to count the number of squares when needle pointing a pattern. Standard aida cloth is a permanent backing for the cross-stitched embroidered pattern and non-standard aida cloth, waste cloth, is a non-permanent backing used with non-aida cloth fabrics that acts as a pattern place holder.
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Embroidery Supply Shops
The most economical way to purchase adia cloth is in bulk sheets or off the bolt by the yard. If you do not have a local fabric or craft supply store that carries fabric in large quantities, you can purchase aida cloth at online embroidery supply shops. Needleworker's Delight (needleworkersdelight.com) offers a wide selection of sheets of standard aida fabric by the yard and half yard. This supplier also offers a wide selection of solid primary colours, vintage colours and dye colours, such as banana splash and parchment.
Online Craft Stores
Create for Less (createforless.com) is an online craft supply store that sells standard aida cloth in pre-cut sheets of two sizes: 14 by 18 inches and 20 by 30 inches with weave sizes of 14, 18 and 11. This supplier has various solid colours of aida cloth, such as greens, blues and whites, as well as sheets with designs that highlight or frame the embroidered pattern. This online craft supply store also sells aida cloth accessories, such as needles and threads.
Discount Fabric Stores
Discount fabric stores are another option where aida cloth can be purchased. Needlework Discount (needleworkdiscount.com) purchases its cloth from Copenhagen, Germany, and offers several weave counts from six to 16 and more than 100 different solid colours including hard-to-find colours, such as denim, antique white, Christmas red and copper penny. This discount fabric supplier also offers a thick or thin weave option in some colours, as well.
Local department or grocery stores that have a sewing section may also carry aida cloth. Although these places won't carry aida cloth in bulk or have a huge selection of colours, they normally carry white and off-white aida cloth in small pre-cut sheets. Some department stores may sell aida cloth with a pattern, needle and thread kit and others may not. Department stores with larger sewing sections may carry a wider variety of aida cloth, as well as totes and towels with aida cloth accents for embroidery work.
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