Confession: I am probably the only one in this progressively benighted age who still plays with counted cross-stitch. I haven’t done it for years and felt pleasantly like a 12-year-old again, but I was trying for rich and varied textures on a baby patchwork blanket I’m making to donate. More on that project when I’m done.
I found that Aida cloth is pretty cheap. And the internet is full of free patterns. I got mine here, where I found 43 different alphabet styles available.
If you’re interested in sewing at all, the news of the week is that Joann Fabrics has McCall’s patterns on sale for $0.99, through Saturday. I believe this is a company-wide sale, not only local. They are ordinarily between $15 and $20 apiece, and I will carefully avoid airing my opinions on that.