Types of Fabrics for NeedleworkWritten by Katrina Renouf
There are many different types of fabrics available. The most commonly used one is Aida, which is what most kits use, but there is also evenweave, silk, and several others.
Most stitchers tend to use Aida fabric because it is very obvious where to put needle. There is a problem when you need to make partial stitches, like half or quarter, though. They are a lot easier to do when using evenweave or linen, since with these fabrics you tend to stitch over two, meaning that every stitch goes over two horizontal and vertical threads.
An evenweave fabric is any cotton or synthetic fabric woven so there is a hole for stitching between each single thread. Some people prefer to stitch on evenweaves rather than on Aida since few specialty stitches or other counted thread techniques (like hardanger embroidery) can be done on Aida.
Silk is another popular fabric to use, but it is
Tips for Using Silk ThreadsWritten by Katrina Renouf
There are two main types of silk threads, spun and filament. Filament has a great amount of luster since they are created from long, continuous strands, as they are unwoven from cocoons. Spun silks are made form short fibers, which gives it a creamier luster.
Silk is great to use for several reasons. First, because of its smooth surface, silk flows easily through Aida, Canvas or any other fabric. And second, it is easier to use than cotton because it’s “smooth” whereas cotton is “fuzzy”. Unfortunately, it does have its own unique challenges so here are some hints on how to make using silk easier.
1. Spun silk strands should be separated and recombined just like cotton 2. Use short lengths to maintain maximum sheen 3. Keep silk dry at all times and make certain hands are clean