how to color aida cloth for cross stitch

Hi!  I am stopping by to share something I used in this project: Coloring Aida Cloth.  Now, in case you don’t know, aida cloth is the name for the fabric you use while cross stitching.  Maybe I’m a little slow, but I have been cross stitching for years and I just figured that out a few weeks ago.

Just to jog your memory, here is the project that I made with my colored aida cloth:

cross stitch wedding bride and groom with pattern

Anyway, as any cross stitcher knows, aida cloth does not come in very many colors.  I usually always work with 14 count aida cloth and 14 count aida cloth generally only comes in white, cream and sometimes you can find navy.  That’s it.  Chances are you might be able to find a few more colors on-line, but even then it’s limited and it can be expensive.  If only there was a way to color aida cloth…wait, there is!  And it’s actually super easy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Aida Cloth–white
  • Acrylic Paint (yup, just normal acrylic paint) in the color you wish to make the aida cloth
  • Tint-able Fabric Medium.  I used Martha Steward’s Tint-able Fabric Medium, found at Michael’s.
  • Wide paint brush

For this project I used a gold acrylic paint to color my aida cloth.  I really love how it turned out–it make my aida cloth look like a glitter burlap.

how to color cloth for cross stitch

And here’s how you color you aida cloth:

  1. Mix tintable fabric medium and paint according to the directions on the bottom.  Mine called for 2 parts paint to 1 part medium.
  2. Spread the mixture onto your aida cloth and allow to dry completely.
  3. Continue to follow the bottle’s direction for how to set the color.  My product had me set the color with heat (I ironed it) and then wash it.  Since this is aida cloth and easily unravels, I hand washed mine–and I was done!

Just a note, it’s okay for the paint to bleed through the fabric a little–this just means that the fabric is soaking up the paint.  This is what the back of my fabric looks like, not the prettiest, but that’s okay.  No one is going to see it!

how to color aida cloth for cross stitching

I was amazed at how easy this was–and how the paint didn’t clog up any of the holes.  I tried this fully expecting to have it flop and to have waited a piece of aida cloth, but it didn’t and now I am happily stitching a series of cross stitch bride and grooms on them!

Here is a look at a few of the colors I have added to my aida cloth recently:

how to color aida cloth for cross stitching

All the best,

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