Design Works Home Sweet Home and Welcome Friends
Has anyone done cross stitching on black Adia? I am looking to stitch either Home Sweet Home or Welcome Friends or both from Design Works. I am a little nervous because I have never stitched on anything other than white or antique white. Are the holes difficult to see? Probably will give it a try anyway but any tips are welcome.
Happy Stitching
Posted by: ladyj117 on 07/11/17
If you are using a hoop, put a white or light colored towel on your lap, it makes the holes easier to see.
by: djhmom55 on 07/11/17
Thanks, DJHmom55. That sounds like a great idea that I will definitely try!
by: ladyj117 on 07/11/17
It is more difficult and I don't do it anymore but dj's advise is right.
by: Marydenmark on 07/11/17
I have stitched on black aida recently. I happened to have a used makeup mirror and I turned that on and held it on my lap while I stitched. It really helped to have the holes lit up.
by: Senior Stitcher on 07/11/17
I have a "light box" used by stained glass designers, to light up my lap, but now are made with a lighter frame and a non-heating bulb. These are also used by tattooists.They would undoubtedly help forgers! It is simply a flat box about the size of a large bread board. The top lights so you can trace, but in the case of black fabric, it's a joy for stitchers...
by: Su Pitt on 07/11/17
I have completed several "black" aidia projects, and have used all the posted hints,, especially light/white material on my lap--cat's didn't like that!!! Best hint--good lighting top or bottom or both. It's is/was some what challenginf but, loved the results. Just take your time--this ain't a race and find which hint's yours or listed work best for you. Good luck, and if possible let us know the results.
by: dave001 on 07/12/17
Well, my parents have decided to take the house off the market so, I am not sure they will be moving. Originally, I was going to do it for their new house as a little housewarming gift. I guess I could still do the piece for them. I am sure they would love it and hang it in their house.! My mom's always crocheting blankets for people! Or maybe I will do it for my own house or both! Thanks for all the helpful tips that I will be sure to use if I take on this project. I actually might try the Welcome Moose one since they live in the Pocono Mtns. Might even try changing moose to deer like Bob in SC did.
by: ladyj117 on 07/12/17
Stitching on black Aida is challenging but using all the tips from the others you should be fine.

Black Aida patterns are my absolute favourite. I did a black lab staring out a window (Dimensions I think) and it's my fav!
by: Notrunningfast on 07/12/17
Here is one for you, ladyj, abandon the idea and stick with light colored fabrics. I just don't think it's worth the hassle.
I finally went for new glasses today and picked out all the frames but can't get an appointment for the exam for another 8 days. I'm having difficulty with white floss on light material, instead of making a mess, I'll just wait.
by: Texas Stitcher on 07/12/17
I have stitched on black aida regularly at night which is when I always work on my cross stitch without any trouble despite being near sighted. I do have a very good, strong three bulb light with the highest lumens (brightness) I could find behind me and would not consider a count smaller than 14 count. Like Texas, I have had terrible trouble seeing well enough to stitch white on white or a slighter than white shade on white aida. For me, excellent lighting is the key but there are a lot of great ideas here to make stitching on black easier. You can always try a small black aida project first to see how it goes.
by: lbcatlovr001 on 07/13/17