I have just bought Katherine Shaughnessy's book "The New Crewel" (I just LOVE the contemporary designs). I went along to Spotlight (the NZ/Australian equivalent to Jo-Anns, I think), thinking they would have exactly what I needed. It was really difficult, and because none of the staff are familiar with the craft, they couldn't give me very good advice.
The book says you need Linen Twill to embroider onto. This was $90 per metre (very expensive), so I just bought a small piece, but I figure there must be something cheaper I could use. Does anyone have any ideas? Mostly I'm just doing small pieces for greeting cards etc.
I also struggled to work out what the correct wool was. There seemed to be 2 kinds of embroidery thread, the fine floss for cross stitch etc., and a much thicker sort of tapestry yarn. I bought the tapestry yarn, but it is 4 ply. I've split the yarn into 2 threads of 2-ply, which seems to work ok, but I wonder if that is still too thick, and perhaps I should split it again so that I have 4 threads of single ply.
I made this top from a medium weight stretch knit. It's made from 2 pieces, one is the waist-band, and the other is the halter piece. It can be worn 2 ways, either as a halter, or by pulling it down over the shoulders, as a 'wrap' style top. It was super easy and fast to make.