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« on: February 20, 2009 07:21:58 PM »

I'm ready to make the cross over from x-stitch to free hand embroidery.  I'm dizzy with the freedom of not counting!  haha. 

My question seems like such a newbie question to me but I couldn't find an answer in the stickies or by searching.  What kind of material do I buy?  I mean if I wanted to go to the fabric store, what would I be looking for?  100% cotton?  Linen?  should I just cut up tea towels?  (that seems like the easiest way to start.)

Thanks!  Sorry if I've repeated an old topic. 

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009 01:22:06 AM »

Personally I'd probably start with something with a tighter rather than looser weave. Dishtowels are a great place to start. You don't have to cut 'em up just pick one or more motifs and stitch away. Or you can start on a shirt (well-washed denim shirts are good), pillowcase or other finished item. When you get to t-shirts, be sure to stabilize the fabric before stitching or you're likely to get wobbly stitching have fun!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009 08:48:35 AM »

I agree, a tighter woven fabric is a great place to start. I wouldn't start with canvas or a knit-it can be a bit frustrating. You can really pick any material and just start stitching. Boxer shorts are a good place, tea towels, pillow cases.

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009 12:54:44 PM »

I didn't know what to get either! I made the mistake of going with a 28-count evenweave fabric so obviously all the holes were very noticeable, but it was a little helpful since I was just learning all of these different stitches. After that I just went to JoAnn's craft store where all the fabric was, and looked for something that was white and 100% cotton with no stretch.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009 01:35:10 PM »

Thank you for asking this. I looked all over the other day trying to find the same thing. Can I piggyback on your question here though and ask for a little more specific info. What do you buy if you want to make things that are going to be framed? I am going to start a couple things for mother's day that I want to frame and I am unsure what to purchase.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009 06:17:28 PM »

I buy 100% cotton sheeting for most of my work and use a stabilizer underneath it. 

I do a lot of my work in that and then applique it onto another piece...especially stretch knits, because they suck to stitch on!

Lightweight canvas, broadcloth and even non-stretch denim is also great, but your hands can get sore quickly (mine sure do, damnit!) and you dull lots of needles with those fabrics.

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2009 08:40:59 AM »

I buy quilter's cotton and LOVE it! It's perfection.

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