What do the counts in Aida cross stitch fabric mean?
We sell Aida a wide range of counts, from a fine 20 count fabric to a large 6 count fabric. The count number stands for the number of crosses that you can make in an inch.
The most common count is 14 count white cross stitch fabric. This means you can make 14 crosses in an inch (or about 5,4 per cm). The higher is the count, the more crosses your will be able to make in an inch, and therefor the smaller your work will be.
The 6 count fabric is great for blowing up your cross stitch project to giant proporsions. In our Once Upon a Pixel book we share some great examples of dolls. As the holes are very easy to see, this fabric is commonly used for teaching children or beginners to cross stitch. The 18 and 20 count fabrics are a lot finer, and therefor more used by experienced stitchers.