I have to ask, just to see if others have this issue: When you are gathering what you need for a project do you often have issues with the fabric you will use?
Remember, I had that issue with the Christmas Challenge as a finished design wouldn't fit on the linen napkin I wanted it to be on so I had to stitch it on white Aida. I don't know about you, but if I can avoid using white Aida, I will. It's a pet peeve I guess, or maybe a ridiculous idea that everything DOES NOT need to be stitched on white Aida. Even if I do have it in abundance, ha, ha.
So there we were picking fabric for Stretch which started out as a chocolate linen napkin. Pulling the colors of the floss out, I realized this will not do and dug around the stash box and found the shiny green napkin which is a poly blend of some kind but has a lovely shine to it that I liked AND the color of the fabric went nicely with floss colors.
Excitedly I put the napkin on a hoop, started counting out to the upper right hand corner....but as I did so, I realized I could see through the fabric. At first I thought it was due to where I was sitting. I adjusted my light and continued figuring things out, but was distracted by how clearly I could see my table top through the fabric. Then I tried a few stitches and knew immediately that this fabric would not work unless I sewed some kind of material to the backside so I couldn't see through it.
Honestly, I wasn't ready for that kind of commitment and was too tired to think that idea through. And then I remembered.....in my stash is an unused piece of Crystal Conifer I had purchased from Picture This Plus in March 2013. Leaping up from my chair, spinning around and staggering over to my fabric stash tote, I excitedly threw back the lid and dug around for the fabric. One thing to mention here; if you store your fabric in plastic sandwich bags, digging around is actually more like plunging your hand in a bowl of water. You experience a type of displacement and your sandwich bag covered fabrics "splash" everywhere.
Knowing I was tired, but eager to give it a try, I put in 92 stitches (yes Krystal that was for you) and so far like what I see, but I really preferred the napkin fabric...or the conifer Aida, or the napkin, or the Aida...
Strangely, this shot shows actual color of fabric and now that you and I have discussed it, dear reader, I'm actually feeling better about it.
I'll play around more today and see what I come up with.
In the meantime...happy stitching!