Here's a quick blurb about the things I know and love about embroidery fabric!
First, let my start by HIGHLY discouraging you from using cheap fabric found at local big-box stores.
In my experience, and in my opinion, the best embroidery fabric is Robert Kauffman Kona Cotton. I source mine directly from Canadian Fabric Stores and Etsy (always supporting Canadian when I can). You can find them online or at your local craft stores (Americans: JOANNS and for Canadians: FABRICLAND / FABRICVILLE).
See my list of Canadian Fabric retailers BELOW!
As I mentioned above, I use Robert Kauffman Kona Cotton fabric in the colour Snow. I often pair this with a second fabric, and stitch on two layers of fabric so that my stitching doesn't show through. For the second layer of fabric, I use a cheap Poly-Cotton blend.
If you're wanting to stitch on one layer of fabric only, I recommend Cotton Twill. I have recently been experimenting on Robert Kauffman Cotton Twill and find that the fabric thick enough that most stitches don't show through. It's not perfect, but it reduces the need for two layers. The twill adds a nice texture, and overall, Robert Kauffman fabrics are very high quality.
List of my favourite Canadian Fabric Retailers:
All of these retailers are great for sewing or stitching projects:
This post is not sponsored, I just love these shops!
Selecting the right embroidery hoop can be daunting. There are a lot of choices on the internet, and if you're just starting out, it's hard to know where to begin. In this post, I'm going to share with you what I know about embroidery hoops.
The views and opinions are entirely my own. I recognize that some artists may know much more than me. Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments.
Here's a quick video on the different types of hoops.
Plastic Hoops vs Wood Hoops
Plastic embroidery hoops are popular with some artists. In my experience, I've found that they allow me to tighten my hoop much further than a wood hoop allows. They come in a series of great colours and price ranges. They don't crack and are likely to be more standardized, whereas some wood hoops quality greatly vary. I've personally struggled with plastic hoops as I've found that I can't adjust my fabric easily. I find that the hoops are so tight that my fabric isn't taught enough, but once I am able to get it right, it is consistent in keeping the hoops in the fabric.
Wood embroidery hoops are a dime a dozen, but they are not all made equally. Beware of using hoops off of popular sites like Amazon. They often are cheaper wood, arrive cracked, or don't have the option to tighten your hoop using a screwdriver. There are some great hoops for cheap, but I recommend asking someone you know who has experience with a particular one. Nurge are known as one of the best brands on the market. Personally, I enjoy stitching with them, but have found that my fabric can become loose.
Follow this link for a quick video tutorial on how to tighten your wood hoops.
Flexi Faux Wood Hoops
My personal favourite are Flexi faux wood hoops. I find that the right quality of Flexi faux wood hoops allow me to both stitch in them, and finish my project in them. They come in a series of shapes and sizes, including round, oval or hexagon. There are a series of choices on Etsy. I recommend giving these a try if you're looking for an all-in-one solution.
Overall, give each one a try if you can afford to. It's important to formulate your own preferences. Embroidery is an art and with it comes a variety of options. Each artists has their own likes and dislikes, and what works for me may not work for you. For more quick tutorials, follow me on instagram @HappyHobby_ca.