Cross-stitch is cool because it's stitched on a woven fabric - that's what makes it easy to work - there's no transferring the design and there's no fuss with guessing size... all it takes is a little math. We design most of our patterns with 14 count in mind... that is, there are 14 stitches to an inch. This is pretty much the standard size for cross-stitch and is the most common count of Aida cloth available.
That being said, there's something really cool about playing around with the scale of your projects! You can buy Aida cloth in any number of counts - 18, 11, 8.5... and the number of stitches per inch affects the size of your finished project... Behold!
|(That's a lot of Wonder Women!)|
The Wonder Woman in the embroidery hoop is stitched on 22 count with one strand of floss. It's tiny, finicky work, but I adore the wee scale of the project - she measures a petite 1.5" tall and 0.75" wide - perfect for a small acrylic keychain or magnet (or just because she's so adorable that small!)
The blue t-shirt belongs to Chris - the characters on it are stitched at 8.5 count with three strands of floss. When it comes to using waste canvas to stitch on t-shirts (and don't worry... there's a tutorial for that) we've been able to find both 14 count and 8.5. I like the size of the 8.5 for t-shirts - you can't fit quite as many characters as you could at 14 count, but for one or two Pixel People (especially for smaller shirts for kids and babies) it's the perfect size! Wonder Woman is a little larger at 3.25" x 1.5". I like that you can see the details from a distance - just right for t-shirts!
Last but not least is our Amazonian sized Wonder Woman - she's stitched at 4.25 count and is a whopping 8" tall and 3.25" wide and will eventually be sewn into a doll. I used the 8.5 count waste canvas and stitched 6 strands of floss over two stands of the grid - making one giant stitch instead of 4 smaller ones. Stitching this was really just an experiment to see how it would turn out, and I must admit I'm quite pleased. I could see a row of Pixel People at this scale decorating bigger projects like pillow cases or quilts!
So you see, it's really all a matter of scale! If you want a larger sized design just stitch at a smaller count - and yes, it's really that easy!