If you don’t want to use linen because of the cost, you could use cotton. Select 100% cotton over blends. Cotton is also made of natural fibres and the choices of colours and patterns available are considerably more. You can choose a plain background fabric or something with a pattern. Choosing a piece of fabric that is plain and without a pattern will allow your stitching to stand out, patterns can sometimes “hide” your design. Cotton comes from the cotton plant  and is extremely versatile- more so than linen- and doesn’t cost quite as much as linen.

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