The excellent payedforcrying writes: “
What type of fabric and thread should a person start out with. Also would it be better to start with cross stitching or embroidery first??”
An excellent question! And a tough one to answer, because the answer is, as it is in many creative endeavors: it all depends on what you like.
If you want to begin with cross stitch, a good place to start is with cotton DMC thread and with 14ct Aida fabric. Find a design you like online, or buy a kit that has a design you like. I would recommend that you pick a simple kit or pattern, rather than one that is complicated, if you are just beginning - think smaller rather than larger.
If you want to begin with embroidery, a good place to start is also with cotton DMC thread and with a woven cotton fabric. Think a pillowcase, rather than a T-shirt. Again, you can find a design you like online, or even in a coloring book. Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n’ Thread blog is a great place for beginning embroiderers to start.
As to which technique is better to begin with, one technique isn’t better than the other. They’re both pretty great. It all depends on what you like: do you prefer to have things be regular and to fit on a grid? Or do you prefer things to be random and more organic? Do you find it soothing to do the same thing over and over, or do you like the adventure of experimenting with different things? It’s all up to you - which is the best part!
Thank you so much for your question. As always, my friends, you can ask me your embroidery questions through the ask box on this blog!