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« on: June 16, 2010 03:40:11 PM »

I'm looking for some fabric to do a few embroidery projects. It needs to be cheap money wise, because I have very little money to throw around, but of good quality for stitching. Even a set of tea/flour sack towels that aren't too expensive could work.
What do you guys like to stitch on?

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010 03:44:26 PM »

Any sturdy woven fabric will work fine (knits can obviously be embroidered as well, but woven fabric is much easier).  Upcylced bed linens are great, and one sheet can provide enough fabric for dozens of projects.  Muslin, broadcloth, canvas, etc are also easy to stitch on and relatively cheap.

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010 03:46:07 PM »

genius! I just remembered I have a bedsheet set that I bought to use the flat one as a backdrop for taking pictures. I'll use the bottom sheet for embroidering. thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010 08:33:40 AM »

I usually stitch on whatever I can find. Old sheets, t-shirts I want to revamp. Pretty much any fabric or have laying around the house, you can stitch on.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010 10:12:54 AM »

I agree with Kittykill, any fabric is fair game.  I like stitching on Muslin though, as long as its not too loose of a weave.  Basically feels like a nice soft cotton but its more of a natural color- not a bleached white.

Be sure to check thrift stores too.  There's always plenty of stuff to stitch on, just needs to be washed.  Some even have fabric sections if you're lucky.

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2010 12:41:10 PM »

Not that I've tried it yet (or tried embroidery for that matter!) but I got some cheap plain fabric at a regular non-cheap store that is for 'curtain lining' but at 2/metre it was cheap! Plus it was wide. I did not need a metres worth.

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010 07:22:06 PM »

I love picking through the remnant piles at fabric stores. Sometimes they have some really cute patterns that are good for embellishing and there's always some white linen, muslin or other cotton that's good for stitching. It's a good way to try stitching on different fabrics to see what you like. If you're looking for more variety the fat quarters they sell for quilting are usually good for small projects.

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2010 09:59:56 AM »

I like twill.  It's a fairly thick fabric so no one can see through to the back.  It doesn't come in as many colors as broadcloth or muslin though.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2010 07:39:13 PM »

My fabric of choice is white or natural cotton sheeting...1.99 a yard at local Hobby Lobby stores. It's thin but quite sturdy, and you can make tons of stuff out of it; bibs, hankies, pillowcases, clothing, etc! Same can be said for broadcloth.

I also like permanent press muslin. It's organic looking but doesn't ball up when you wash it, and I always pre-wash my fabric before transferring my pattern and embroidering.  Duck, Denim and twill are heavier and stand up well to stitching, and if you look for sales you can get great deals.  I also like to use Fat Quarters (quarter yards of fabric normally used for quilting). You can find lots of fun patterns and colors, and they don't cost much.

Though they are wonderful fabrics for stitching, I don't use linen or raw cotton much because depending on the time of year, I'm allergic to them. Sad

If you like to thrift shop you can find some great fabric for next to nothing,  Most US stores sell flour sack towels in their kitchen departments, but make sure your test them before buying. If you can wiggle your fingernails into the weave so you can separate the threads or you can stretch the cloth out of shape, they're too thin and soft for embroidery.

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2010 11:02:35 PM »

My favorites are twill and canvas, they look nice when framed or hung in a hoop.

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