Best fabric for a mix of cross stitch and embroidery

by Libby

I have been cross stitching on Aida for a while now and I am keen to try out some other fabric types.

I have some of my own designs (I create custom cross stitch family portraits) that until this point have been created only by cross stitch (and backstitching), however I want to incorporate some other embroidery stitches into my works.

Could you recommend which type of fabric would be best for the mix of the two kinds of stitching?

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by: Libby

Thanks for your reply. I've just started worki with a 32ct linen and its working beautifully so far. I appreciate you taking the time to provide your input.

Which embroidery stitches are you considering?
by: Carol

Libby, you don’t mention which embroidery stitches you wished to include. French knots, are often included in a cross stitch design and would not necessitate a different type of fabric.

If you are thinking of including surface embroidery stitches, such as listed here, then you might want to consider working on an evenweave or linen fabric rather than Aida. That way you wouldn’t find that your stitch needs to go through the fabric where there is a big hole in the corner of an Aida block. In other words you could be more precise with your placement of stitches.

My personal preference would be to work on perhaps a 32 count linen, doing the cross stitches over 2 fabric threads. The "background" would then be dense enough to give you more control of where the embroidery stitches are positioned.

I hope this helps,


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