Stitchqueries: Favorite Cross Stitch Fabric

I’m really enjoying receiving your cross stitch questions and answering them each week, so please do keep asking. No question is too big or too small, I love them all (and hey, I even rhymed!) This week’s question is a fun sort of question….

I noticed you use evenweaves and linens more than aida, but what is your favorite fabric to cross stitch on?

Ah, the joy of choosing a fabric for your next project! I love it <3

I do prefer evenweave fabrics and if you’d look in my stash cabinet you would see that 99% of my currently owned pieces are hand-dyed from Silkweaver Fabrics, which was recently purchased out by Zweigart Fabrics. So, the short easy answer is my favorite fabric comes from Zweigart Fabrics!

To be specific, from Zweigart I really like their Jubilee evenweave fabric and their Belfast Linen fabric. I have quite a few of both of those in my stash cabinet and I enjoy stitching on them both.

If you’re making the switch from aida to evenweaves, Jubilee is a nice smooth evenweave that is easy to make the transition on and I highly recommend it as a “newbie” evenweave.

==> Click here for my guide to getting started stitching on evenweaves!

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta


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Stitchqueries: Cross Stitch Stocking, What Fabric to Use

This week’s Stitchqueries question about cross stitch Christmas stockings actually popped up on the Stitching the Night Away Facebook community.

Rhonda mentioned:

I will be starting a cross stitched stocking for my daughter soon. I’ve got evenweave or Aida to work with. Which one would be sturdier?

You can see the entire discussion on Facebook by clicking here.

Now, the best part about having an entire community of stitchers is that when you ask a question, you get more than one answer! (and usually pretty quick too!) If there is one thing I’ve learned about stitchers over the past few years it’s that everyone is always willing to help when they can. I love that about our group :)

Becka let us know that her stockings are stitched on aida fabric and holding up great. Joni also voted for the aida fabric. Of course, I had to be the odd ball and go for the evenweave, but I have my reasons, so hear me out if you’re also going to be stitching a Christmas stocking.

I would still use evenweave. It’s soft, but it’s still strong, and you’re going to want to use interfacing when assembling your stocking anyway, so that will give it some added strength. Unless the design is solidly stitched I prefer evenweave for presentation purposes. When you finish a stocking you definitely want to use interfacing plus an inside lining fabric, especially if it’s intended to be used and not just for display on the mantle to look pretty.

So, those are our thoughts on fabric selection for stitching a christmas stocking. I would love to hear your experiences also, please leave a comment below if you have a stocking tip or idea to share with us!

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta

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Stitchqueries: Do you buy and stitch all the chart of the week features?

Welcome to our Stitchqueries post (aka the mailbag). I love it when I get email, so please by all means do contact me if you have a question about the website here or about stitching in general. I will always answer – it might take me a few days, but I will answer!

The email I received was about the Cross Stitch Chart of the Week feature here on the site …..

I love seeing the different things that get picked for Cross Stitch Chart of the Week. But, do you buy them and stitch them all? Just curious. Thanks for always stitching.

That’s a good question and certainly a fair one. The simple answer is no, I do not buy and stitch every single chart of the week feature design. The complicated answer is, I do buy quite a few of them! (much to my husband’s dismay LOL)

For examples from recent Chart of the Week features, I currently own Dracolair’s Red Dragon Bookmark, Ink Circles Turkish Delight, and several of the designs that were featured during Stitchmas 2010, I even finished stitching one of the ornaments already.) I also fully intend to purchase this week’s Chart of the Week, Freedom for All, that beautiful horse is just screaming at me to stitch him!

So, there you have it… the long and short of things when it comes to the Chart of the Week here at Stitching the Night Away! Thank you for following along with my stitching adventures, even with all the frogs and window shopping. I truly appreciate it.

Happy Stitching!
Kind Regards,
Loretta

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