##### Asked by: Lotfi Finogenov

asked in category: General Last Updated: 19th March, 2020# What count Aida should I use?

**counts**in

**Aida**Cloth are 11, 14, 18 and 28. The higher the number, the smaller the stitches will be, because there are more stitches in each inch. Beginners may want to start with 11-

**count**or 14-

**count Aida**Cloth, as it is easy to see where to place the stitches.

Besides, what is the difference between 14 and 18 count Aida?

**The different** types of **Aida** cloth are labeled according to their thread **count**. Therefore, **14 Aida** cloth is a **14**-**count** fabric which gives **14** stitches per inch, and **18 Aida** cloth gives **18** stitches per inch, since it is an **18**-**count** fabric.

what's the difference between 14 and 16 count Aida? **For** example, **14**-**count Aida** has **14** squares per inch, which means stitching on it will give you **14** stitches per inch. Similarly, **16**-**count Aida** has **16** squares or stitches per inch and 18-**count Aida** has 18 squares or stitches per inch. The higher the **count**, the more stitches per inch.

Considering this, how many threads do you use for 11 count Aida?

On Hardanger fabric (22 **count**) **you** usually **will use** only 1 strand; on **11 count Aida use** 3 strands to stitch and 2 to backstitch.

Is 28 count Evenweave the same as 14 count Aida?

For example if you want to have the **same** design size of **14 count Aida** (**14** squares per inch), you could work it on **28 count** (**28** threads per inch) fabric, over two threads (**28**/2=**14**). The cross stitches would be exactly the **same** size, and therefore the complete design would be the **same** size.