First time stitcher or experienced, it doesn’t matter. I found during my long years of embroidery nothing beats a good quality fabric. It makes embroidering so much easier and so much more fun. Good fabric can be a little more expensive, but is worthwhile investing in. It also lasts the time. What more could you want than creating a family heirloom, which you enjoy for years, pass on to your children, grand children, and you know it will still be around and admired in 60 years time, just aging gracefully.
Depending on the kind of embroidery you can choose between a huge range of linens in different counts and colours, Evenweave, Hardanger fabric or aida for cross stitch. If you are working a cross stitch project 16 or 14 ct., you can as well choose linen or Evenweave in 32 or 28 ct and embroider over 2. Evenweave fabric means it is geometric. It has the same count of weft and warp threads within a square of 1 inch, all fabric threads have the same thickness. Not every fabric is evenweave, they have uneven counts and can’t be used for geometrical embroidery like Hardanger. You can use these for creative embroidery projects, which do not require the same thread count vertical and horizontal.
Stitches & Spice offers very unique dyed fabrics, and they all look great. Check their website for their huge range. They only use Zweigart Linen, one of the best qualities around. I’m sure you find something unique suiting your project.
Sparkly spices is an opalescent fabric range and fantastic for special occasion embroideries like Christmas, weddings or just for a special gift. Did you ever check them out? These fabrics have an opalescent metallic thread woven throughout, which makes them sparkle. Imagine a table cloth on sparkly spices with candle light bringing it to light….
At Velona Needlecraft you find the whole range of Wichelt and Zweigart fabrics.