While shopping for patterns, you may come across cross stitch kits described as counted versus stamped cross stitch for mainly kits. So what is really the difference between those two and which should you choose?
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What’s the difference?
All cross stitch projects follow the same concept: each square will have a specific type of switch and floss color to cover it.
The main difference between counted and stamped cross stitch is that, in the latter’s case, the design is printed on the fabric itself and usually come in a kit accompanied by the design and instructions. What you have to do is look at the colors on the fabric, find the corresponding floss and stitch.
Once you’re done, washing the fabric will remove the stamped design and you will only be left with your stitched fabric.
For counted cross-stitch, whether it’s in a kit or not, the fabric is blank and you just follow the pattern.
Another important difference are the project types. If you’re using a blank fabric that you will end up transferring on a table cloth or a quilt, the process will be longer (regardless of whether your using Aida fabric or waste canvas) than on a fabric where you’re stitching directly on.
Here’s an example of a stamped cross stitch kit for a tablecloth:
Here’s an example of a stamped cross stitch quilt:
Is stamped cross stitch easier?
There are a lot of disagreements on this. For some people, counted cross stitch is much simpler. Count the number of stitches you have to do, pick up your thread and stitch accordingly. Another argument is that stamped cross stitch is boring as there’s not much effort to do compared to the small stitched on the regular 14 count fabric.
Personally, I’ve never done a stamped cross stitch project. One of the reasons I might go for one would be the pattern’s design if it was too appealing. However, I may in the long run end up using stamped projects if I suffer in the long run from eye strain.
Finally, if I someday have a child who wants to pick up stitching, I’d get them a stamped project to start with.
In summary, stamped or counted, it’s still cross-stitch and I can’t choose a “team” in this case!
So there you go! Now you know the difference between the two.