How do I convert Linen to Aida ?

Changing fabric counts from Linen to Aida

So many times we want to start a project but not use the exact fabric that is suggested. What do we do if that is the case? What is do not want to use linen because of the price or our eyes can't take something that small. How do we convert linen to Aida? How are we going to finish our project? AGGGHHH! What is happening over here! Settle down, don't stress! There are solutions for you. Check out the answer below.


Question: How do I convert Linen to Aida ?

My pattern calls for 28-count linen but I'd rather use Aida. What count would I use?

Answer: Since cross stitch on linen is done over two threads instead of over one square as with Aida, to convert fabrics from Linen to Aida, divide by two. Thus, substitute 14-count Aida for 28-count linen. Does that make sense? So, if you have a count of 28 you are going to divide it by get 14. Don't forget that it will affect the size of the project you are doing. Your project will be bigger, not smaller. Linen is very tightly woven and very small squares. Aida does come in smaller sizes but not nearly as small as linen. 

If the division is not as neat substitute the closest Aida count you can get. Remember, if you are stitching from a kit, be careful what fabric you substitute so that you will not run out of floss.You might want to buy a few extra skeins of floss for the project, just in case.

This is will save you much headache if you run out mid project. If you don't use the floss, you can save it for another project. 

Another tip - some patterns may include specialty stitches that are a bit more difficult to stitch on Aida, so watch out for that when trading linen for Aida.

For help with determining fabric sizes for projects, see the Cross Stitch Calculator.

This is such a helpful tool. All you need to do is put in the specifics of your project and it will give you the correct calculations and the size the finished project will be. The cross stitch calculator will tell you exactly how many stitches your project will be. This is a great way to focus on the joy of stitching and not be weighed down with figuring out conversions. 

Still needing more information on converting? Just Cross Stitch has an excellent article and tips on converting. You can read more about it on their website.  ​They provide an equation that will help you with an exact conversion if you need something down to the half stitch. 

​Sew Along's website has pictures of each style of fabric so you can see the difference when you are deciding which fabric to go with. It also helps with understanding the equation above.You can see what style of fabric you want for each project and not second guess your work.  It also has an excellent graph with the different amount of stitches and what fabric works with what projects. Check out the pictures and the graph on their website here. 

Whether you are love linen or are strictly an Aida cloth user; it is up to you. There really is no right or wrong way to go about picking your floss.

It is 100% personal preference. To get the best feel of what floss you love the best, try both. If you are scared of the smallness of linen, create a test sampler to try different stitches for the fabric. You can do this for all sorts of fabrics. This will also give you a feel of how much floss you will have to use. Of course with linen you are going to use less floss and with certain Aida fabric, a bit more. Also check out the colors of the fabric. If you are not finding one you like try dyeing your own or try going a size up or down with a different texture of fabric.