How should one choose the fabric to work with?

The fabric that you choose for your embroidery project is likely to dictate the manner in which the embroidery sits on the surface. There are essentially two things that dictate the kind of fabric that you should choose for your embroidery project. Firstly, you need to know what you are going to make. If you are making placemats for your table or embroidered table mats then you cannot choose a fabric that is too limp. You will need to choose evenweave that is relatively thicker in order to give a sturdy feel to it. On the other hand if you are planning to create embroidered handkerchiefs or bed linen, then the cloth that you should choose as the base of your embroidery work should be light and soft.

You also need to keep the specific stitches that you are likely to use in mind when you are choosing a fabric. If you are looking at creating a design using cross stitch, you will need to ensure that you use an aida cloth or an evenweave for the same. Using a regular fabric, will only end up in uneven and ugly cross stitches!

You may also want to keep the pattern in mind and think about how heavy the embroidery is going to get. If the embroidery pattern is likely to use a lot of satin stitches, French knots or other stitches that fill up empty spaces, the embroidery is likely to be heavy. The fabric should be selected so that it is able to hold up the embroidery and not give way.



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