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Cross stitch table runner with red poppy flowers

Frequently Asked Questions:


What's the difference between cross stitch and embroidery? 

Cross stitch is a type of embroidery that uses one stitch (the cross stitch) that is stitched on "evenweave" fabric, also known as counted thread fabric. These fabrics are woven in such a way that there are the same number of threads in each direction so when you stitch cross stitches using a pattern, you create a beautiful, pixelated effect as is shown in the photo above. 

Embroidery (also known as "surface embroidery") uses a variety of stitches that are stitched on a fabric that has been printed with the design. There's lots of variety among embroidery stitches, but I use the classics in my kits to keep things simple.

Do the edges come finished like the photos show? 

No, the hem finishing that you see in many of the photos needs to be done after you've stitched the embroidery. You can find the How To videos for learning drawn thread hemming or sewing your embroidery into a cushion or wall hanging on the How To page above.

What if I get stuck?

You can visit The Courtyard forum to find experienced stitchers who can help you or you can email us at We're happy to help!

Where do you ship from?

The Avlea workshop is in Salem, Oregon. Most orders go out within 1 business day via First Class or Priority Mail (larger orders ship through UPS Ground).

Do you sell wholesale?

I sure do! Click on Wholesale at the bottom of this page to find out how to place a wholesale order either directly through the website or through Faire. If you order through Faire, I kindly request you allow me to set you up as a direct lead so I don't pay commission on your order.


Cross stitch table runner with repeating geometric design in golden olive color
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