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Posted By:    patti
I am splitting this pattern up and doing two different carts. I make small gift bags from my needlework and think one per bag will look better. the type of fabric makes a lot of difference with this kind of pattern. i'm using Carolina linen aida cloth.
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syagel
08/06/14
Like your idea. Think it will look very nice on your gift bags.
Su Pitt
08/07/14
So, somebody tell me what Carolina linen aida cloth is like? Irregular like linen, or evenweave like aida???
patti
08/07/14
it's more like evenweave. super wonderful fabric....if lucky you can find a soft tube at Joann, also you can find it on Amazon
Su Pitt
08/07/14
Thanks so much, Patti! I am desperately lokking for fabric that is like that. I don't know if it is my decreasing eyesight or my perfectionist streak, but just lately, linen's irregularity is making me nuts! And I do mean nuts! I cry over my WIP on the most beautiful linen I have ever seen...
patti
08/07/14
dear fellow perfectionist!!!! you will love working with Carolina linen. I don't even use embroidery thread, I use regular sewing machine thread. I like the look better. sometimes I have to use double strand. try it sometime and see the difference in appearance.
jclifford
08/07/14
Patti: You use regular sewing thread to cross stitch???
syagel
08/07/14
I have to agree with jclifford. never heard of using regular thread for cross stitching. I use it in my quilting, but would never use it in my cross stitching. Mainly because not enough different colors to do shading when I stitch. If it works for you that is all that matters. Each stitcher has their own system.

123Stitch.com also sells Carolina Linen.
patti
08/07/14
i know....sounds insane. but on 32 count fabric it looks like machine done stitching. wish there was a way I could send a picture. my bags are selling really well, people really like them. I use a scroll frame and magnifier to do this. true, though you don't get all the color shades. but sometimes I get a little stressed at 2 stitches in a color on the whole pattern.