Topiary Tile


One of my series of garden tiles, this project is worked in cross stitch, double cross stitch, fly stitch, and backstitch. Work double cross stitch in the green stranded cotton. These stitches are not complicated and there are full instructions when you download the charts. The design may be worked or linen or Aida fabric.

Stitch Count: 78 x 78 Work out the design size

Design Size

To work out the design size (or the stitched area) you need to divide the stitch count by the number of stitches to the inch (2.5cm) on the fabric. You then add enough fabric to this measurement to allow for framing etc. If a stitch count is not shown on any design, you will need to count across the design and down the design, which will give you the stitch count.

Example: 140 stitches divided by 14 (Aida) = 10 inches

If working on evenweave fabric, remember that you generally work over two fabric threads, thus 28-count linen is also 14-count when doing the sum. I suggest adding 5 inches to the design size on a project to make sure you have an adequate margin for mounting and framing. Obviously you can adapt this amount when working a small card of lid top.

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