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petronellarose replied to your link: Keep Embroidery Fabric Tension Even by Binding…

I hope it works! I had to stop using wooden hoops for my cross-stitch as the tension wasn’t enough, changed to q-snaps which work much better.

*sigh* It… helped. I think just like anything, experienced practitioners of an art are fond of saying “any material will do, anything you want”, when really, some materials are easier to work with than others, and some combinations.

It doesn’t help that most embroidery tutorial sites are full of that sort of thing, and then go on with specific examples that are these unobtainable specialty items. “Any fabric is fine, I use $100/yd evenweave linen that I personally import from France through one of my contacts in the textile industry there!” “Any thread will do, I prefer this thing with a name in a language you don’t speak, and I get it from a site you’ve never heard of, I just have it lying around, like you do, it’s made of unicorn tail hair and wrapped in pure gold but I’m not worried and can afford to use it for just practice. Can’t everyone?”

Understandably, the sorts of people who have whole websites dedicated to tutorials about hand embroidery are the sorts of people who have $100/yd evenweave linen lying around.

I have a pair of old boxer shorts that the elastic went and I cut up for scrap, and a box full of reclaimed denim from jeans, and a set of those off-brand variegated pearl cottons in the discount rack from JoAnn’s, and some spools of thread that were my grandmother’s, so when you said “any”, I really took that to mean the dictionary definition of “any”, not “any item from your carefully-curated expensive stash of specialty items”.

Old boxer shorts, and new quilting cotton, seem not to be ideal for the novice practitioner. I can see where my problems are coming from, I think sort of, but it seems to me that a different set of materials would at least eliminate these problems until I have the hang of it. Having to yank the hook through every stitch isn’t really a good way to learn. 

But the wrapping on the embroidery hoop has… helped? Maybe? It’s hard to tell, I still have to jerk the hook through to break the substrate fabric’s fibers that it hooks every time regardless of how straight I hold the hook coming through. 

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