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The cross stitch fabric, Aida Plus, is a modern fabric which has many of the useful properties of perforated paper, but none of its weaknesses. You can cut it, trim it and shape it without any unravelling, fraying or splitting and, unlike perforated paper, it is hand washable and will not tear. It even allows you to weave with it. This would be difficult with other cross stitch fabric which would fray, or with perforated paper which might tear.

14 count Aida Plus is available in 9 inch x 12 inch (23 cm x 30.5 cm) sheets and well as in a variety of colours. The fabric has a treated backing which prevents distortion, so no hoop or frame is really necessary.

The properties of Aida Plus make it particularly suitable for three dimensional projects, such as cross stitched baskets and napkin holders.

If you are working an Aida Plus project where the back of your work is going to be on view, you may wish to cover the back of the stitching. A second piece of Aida Plus can be ironed on to the back of your stitched work to line and stiffen it.

Place both pieces of Aida Plus fabric with their wrong sides together. The embroidery should be placed face down on a thick, white terry towel. Cover the fabric with a pressing cloth and iron with a medium heat until the fabrics are bonded. Allow to cool flat, then check the bond and, if necessary, repeat the ironing process until a satisfactory bond is achieved. When the pieces are securely fused together, they can be trimmed to the desired shape.

Aida Plus was originally made by Zweigart and was packaged in a cardboard envelope. Although now days it may be a little more difficult to find, it is worth looking for as it is a very handy and useful product. It is a very good cross stitch fabric as it does not unravel, unlike other fabrics such as Aida or evenweave.

If you are having difficulty finding Aida Plus, you might try having a go at making your own. To do this, you will need to use normal Aida fabric, of which any brand would be suitable. On the back of this fabric, you simply iron on regular interface which strengthens and stiffens it.

If you are concerned that your cross stitch fabric will unravel at the edges, you may also like to use an edge adhesive that is readily available from stores where you can buy cross stitch supplies.


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