Counted cross-stitch, as we know it today, is a form of needle-art which was revitalized in the sixties though its roots go back many thousands of years. While it is common to create a cross-stitched piece by following a pattern printed on paper, some cross-stitch products have the design printed right on the fabric. You can make your own printed cross-stitch projects, referred to as stamped cross-stitch, by printing your design onto an iron-on transfer sheet and then transferring the design to the counted cross-stitch fabric.
Things You'll Need
Aida cloth sized appropriately for your project
Design in a digital file format on your computer
Iron-on transfer sheet for your computer printer
Ironing board with padded cover
Wash the aida to remove fabric sizing. Lay the aida on a flat surface to dry. Iron as necessary so the cloth lays flat.
Load the iron-on transfer sheet into your printer. Follow the iron-on transfer instructions for printing the design on the transfer sheet.
Follow the iron-on transfer instructions for ironing the printed design onto the aida fabric. Allow the aida to cool completely after the design is transferred.
Turn the aida cloth over so the printed side is face-down on the padded ironing board.
Poke the sewing pin through the aida holes to pierce the design on the front.
Turn the aida right-side up. The design is ready to be stitched.
Aida cloth is best type of counted cross-stitch fabric for this type of design transfer. The aida has enough fabric between the holes to accept the iron-on transfer material. Depending on your fabric, you may need to block the fabric after it is washed so it is square.