How many of you go back and read comments left on the blog? It doesn’t matter to me if you do or don’t but when there’s a comment I think others might benefit from reading, I don’t want to copy it into a blog post (like I’m doing today) if most of you have already seen it.
Judy wrote this this morning about using linen:
I was so afraid to try stitching on anything other than Aida. I kept watching you and Jo do all your fabulous work and finally bought a small piece to try it, knowing it would end up in a total disaster. I am now totally hooked on linen. I like how after you get started you can “see” the next two holes almost automatically without counting each stitch. And if you have to count, you can glance back and see the “line” you are on. Do I goof up some? For sure, but not any more than I would on Aida. I have to get back to the shop and pick up more fabric.Judy
My reply to her was that had I been used to stitching on Aida, I would probably never have tried linen but it had been 30+ years since I had stitched so it was almost like starting over.
For me, I was seeing what others were doing on linen. Had I been seeing mostly Aida, I would probably have gone with Aida but even a year ago, I wasn’t seeing all the pretty colors that are now available on Aida.
There’s nothing wrong with Aida. When I see a beautiful stitched piece, I never even notice whether it’s Aida or linen.
If you prefer stitching on Aida, or don’t even want to learn to stitch on linen, or have a great Aida stash and don’t want to add something else – whatever the reason . . that’s perfectly alright. Never feel like you HAVE to switch to linen but . . if you want to try linen, know there’s a bit of a learning curve but it isn’t it will get easier.