18 ct even weave

by Rondel
(Mesa, AZ.)

I have an old cross stitch pattern calling for 18 count even weave. I can not find any! I would like it an off white as there are areas with white stitches. All I seem to find is Aida. This pattern calls for lots of 1/2 and 3/4 stitches and some over one stitches. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

Rondel

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Thank you for writing, Rondel. Eighteen count evenweave is tricky to source, as you have discovered. One that I have used in the past is Davosa and I found a company in the USA that supplies it here. The link is for an Ivory shade but they also do an antique white. (I am not affiliated with this company in any way.)

An alternative would perhaps be to use a 36 count linen worked over two strands. This would give the same size as working on an 18 count fabric over a single strand.

However, I note that you mentioned the pattern includes some "over one" stitches. This seems to indicate that other parts of the design are worked over two, which on an 18 count cloth would make the pattern as a whole a 9 stitch per inch project, which would be very unusual.

I hope this helps.

Carol

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by: Anonymous

Yes this pattern is from the late 80s. Im thinking to just try aida and just stitch. Its small so it will be easy to repeat if I mess it up. Thanks for help, this site is great.

Rondel

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by: Anonymous

Oh thank you will look into it.

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18 ct alternative
by: Alice

I wonder if Bellana which is a 20 ct fabric would be a suitable alternative.
Willow Fabrics and Sew and So both stock it I think, in UK

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