The fabric you choose for your hand embroidery project can make ALL the difference. Choose the wrong fabric and you are left saying curse words. Choose the right fabric and your project can become a therapeutic outlet that you keep coming back to again and again.
I feel like fabric is a big lesson for those just starting out. For beginners, I prefer them to start with a high-quality, non-stretchy, non-see-thru cotton. I like this kind cotton fabric for beginners because it has a tight, even-weave that is not too tough on the hands and it allows your stitches to be consistent. Plus it is readily available at any fabric store and comes in a bunch of different colors.
Now, as you gain experience, absolutely try other fabrics. My favorite go-to is always linen, with tweed being a close second. But I know other embroidery artists that hate linen. I have also seen others use denim, thick canvas and even translucent mesh for their embroidery projects. The moral of this story... find the fabric that works best for you.
Here are few places that I get my fabric at:
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