I have been busy working on my hardanger kit (still ongoing so no pics yet) and it has inspired me to try stitching on evenweave fabric!
Now although I've been stitching for years, (on and off admittedly during my teenage years and university) I have never stitched on anything other than aida (with the exception of a tapestry kit). As I'm loving trying out new ways of stitching, I've realised that the background fabric is just as important (if not more) as the type of stitch used/skill of the stitcher.
This is very true, as while I consider myself a good cross stitcher, I have never stitched on anything smaller than 18 count aida (18 stitches per inch), so I decided to trial it, with results I am very pleased with!
The colours just seem to work, to give these earrings a lovely vintage look, and I think they look more professional. What do you think?
Conclusion: Evenweave wins!
I am now going to make a few more designs with evenweave, including ones with different stitches, more embroidery than cross stitch, and some seed bead detail!
As evenweave also comes in a wide array of colours, (which I discovered after a brief perusal of www.sewandso.co.uk) I need not be restricted to just one colour of background, which is great as colours are fantastic, and I aspire to learn how to use them for maximum effect! I can do everything I already am, and more besides on evenweave!
Of course, there is a downside, evenweave does require a little more skill, as there are more 'holes' and a standard cross stich will cover a 9 hole square instead of a 4 hole square as with aida. (see below) which means I've had to do a little more unpicking than normal....
Still, the more fabrics I try, the more techniques I'll learn, and the more techniques I learn the more interesting things I can make, and the more things I can make, the more inspiration I could have, and so on, until I become a better stitcher!