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How to decide which count to pick up for your project

1. First, check out the final size of the design in each count, and decide which SIZE of the design will better fit your specific project. This should be the main reason for choosing between 14-, 16- or 18-count versions of the same design.

2. In case the size of the design doesn't make a big difference for your project, or if you have two possible options, do as follows:

2.1 For scenery designs, select 16 or 18 count, because designs featuring landscape scenes and people look nicer when they're quite dense. This is probably because our eyes start to look for details, which are more recognizable on dense, higher contrast designs.

2.2 If the design is floral, abstract, or lettering, pick up 14- or 16-count. The individual cross stitches can be seen well in 14 count, and the final embroideries look more like traditional hand cross stitch.

2.3 If your fabric is medium- to heavy-weight and you want it to be covered completely with stitches, without any background showing through, select 18-count. It will also look more like a regular embroidery design, and less like a cross-stitched one.

2.4 For lightweight fabric, it's best to use 14-count, because of its low density. If you're determined to use 16- or 18-counts, avoid lightweight fabrics.

3. Sometimes it's great to use one design in all three count sizes. It may not sound reasonable at first, so we will try to show it "live":

As you can see, the same rose design in three different counts has been embroidered on the tablecloth. The largest design is closest to the sitting person, while the smaller ones are towards the table’s center.

Such positioning of designs, one after another, creates a feeling of perspective and depth, because our brain thinks that the smaller roses are a lot farther away than they really are.

You may take advantage of this trick every time you want to create a composition effect of prospect or depths.
Also, you may download this rose, in all three counts, for free, here:

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