- Your fabric is important – your ground fabric is at least as important as your other elements (threads, design, colors and techniques).
- Quality – you can add embroidery work to any embroidery fabric, but some fabrics are better quality than others. The embroidery work will look a lot better on a better embroidery fabric. You get your money’s worth. If you buy top quality threads and do a good job paying attention on every detail of the embroidery work, do not go cheap on your fabric. It will not last as long and you will be very disappointed.
- Grain – you should always square up the embroidery fabric to fit it onto a frame or a hoop on the grain. If you mount it off the grain this can lead to puckering and warping.
- Support – you should take into consideration the weight and the weave and the stitch type and density of the fabric. It needs to support the specific stitching that you are planning to do. If the stitching is heavy and dense you will need a strong fabric. And the opposite: if your stitching is light and delicate you will need a lighter fabric.
- Preparation – you need to consider how your final work will be used before choosing the embroidery fabric. For example, ask yourself if you will wash it.
- Count – the count means how many threads there are in each inch of fabric. Types of embroidery fabric
- Aida – Aida is a block weave. It is ideal for beginners just starting out with embroidery. One of the disadvantages of Aida is the blocks can be seen in the background of the design. Also, fractional stitches can be hard to make.
- Hardanger – also called Oslo. 100% cotton weave. There are 22 threads to an inch and they are in pairs.
- Linen – if you have enough of a budget, try to use pure linen. Fabrics made of linen usually have bumps and they are a little more difficult to work.
- Lugana – cross stitch fabric, made of 52% cotton, 48% viscose. It has different counts.
- Jobelan – 51% cotton, 49% modal. It is very good for linens and cushions. And it is quite easy to wash it.
- Annabelle – 100% cotton, it looks a lot like linen because of its thin and thick threads.
- Evenweave –tight woven fabrics are great for surface embroidery, and loose woven fabrics are great for techniques such as pulled thread, counted thread and drawn thread. Evenweave fabrics can be made of linen, cotton, polyester and rayon blends. They come in many colors .
- Towelling – there are many types of towelling, and it is great for old or contemporary projects.
- Ready made – many ready made items are great for embroidery, especially for surface embroidery. Machine embroidery fabric You can make your embroidery project on any fabric, but you should really take a minute to choose the right fabric for you. Weight and weave – it is important to consider those characteristics. A specific design could look amazing on one fabric and terrible on another.
How to know whether your fabric is compatible to your design?
You have to consider the characteristics of your fabric, the use of your finished project, and the exact design details. It might help to ask yourself these questions:
- How can the color, texture and weight of your fabric influence your design?
- Will you have better results if you use a topping or backing?
- Maybe the colors are wrong?
- Maybe the problem is with the design and not with the fabric?
You should also consider that different fabrics need different preparation.