If you are thinking of stitching along with the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Story Time Sampler you will need to choose some cross stitch fabric! For the Story Time Sampler the Pumpkins are using a 32ct Lugana in Storm from Picture This Plus the fabric isn’t available in the UK but its a dark grey with a hint of blue/purple to it.
When picking your fabric here are a few things to consider:
- Price – Aida & Lugana Evenweave are made from cotton so are a little cheaper than Belfast & Cashel which are made from Linen.
- Texture – Aida is a little stiffer to the touch then evenweave.
- Colour – You want to pick a colour you like and one which makes the colour of the Embroidery Threads pop! The colours in the Story Time Sampler are made up of Neutrals and Brights. Owing to the number of Neutral Colours in my opinion it rules out the White and Cream Fabrics so its best to go for a Natural or Coloured fabric. For some of the fabrics I have listed below there is one colour of embroidery thread which may be similar to the base colour of the fabric, I have noted it and whilst it is similar to the backing fabric it hopefully won’t detract from the overall picture.
Before I go onto the photos please note I have tried really hard to get the colours on the photos right on these but at the moment with the miserable grey weather and short daylight hours I can’t photograph and edit the photos in daylight so I have tried my best but colour variations may occur!
32 Count Evenweave
Belfast is a 100% linen evenweave if you want your sampler to end up the same size as the Pumpkins this is the one for you! In terms of colours its probably a good idea to steer clear of white or cream colours as there are quite a few lighter colours in the embroidery threads which may not show up as well on a light colour background.
Belfast in Raw/Natural is a good all rounder the colours pop and the neutrals are different enough that they don’t blend in with the background.
Belfast in Summer Khaki has a bit more of a yellow tone to it than Natural above, like Natural its a good all rounder the colours pop and the neutrals are different enough that they don’t blend in with the background.
Smokey Pearl is a grey-blue colour, if you want more of a blue tone to your backing fabric its a good option, the one light blue embroidery thread (Antique Blue) still stands out against the fabric.
Misty Blue is a darker blue grey toned fabric the colours work well there is one close match with the antique blue embroidery thread but its not enough to rule it out as a fabric option.
16 Count Aida
If you are new to Cross Stitch and want to go with an Aida fabric, 16ct Aida is recommended for this pattern. As before using a light coloured Aida will probably result in a few of the lighter toned embroidery threads not showing up as well as they would on a darker coloured background.
Aida in Misty Blue is a good match ,all the colours pop and there aren’t any embroidery threads which are too close a match in colour.
Nougat is a good option if you prefer a brown tone to your backing fabric, the lighter neutral embroidery threads are different enough in tone that they won’t blend in with the backing fabric.
Pewter is a good option if you are looking for a grey backing fabric all the embroidery threads pop against the backing fabric. as with other grey fabrics the Antique Blue is the only close match.
25 Count Lugana
Lugana is a slightly cheaper option than Belfast as it is made from Cotton rather than Linen. At 25 Count it will result in a larger finished sampler size of 11 x 15 inches rather than 8.5 x 11.5 inches on 32 count fabric.
Antique Violet is a really fun option for the Sampler the colours definitely pop on this background if you are looking for something a bit different this could be the one for you!
Light Mocha is a good neutral with more of a brown tone to it, the brighter embroidery threads pop and the neutrals coordinate well.
Light Khaki is very similar to Light Mocha only with more of a yellow tone to it, as before it works well with both the bright and neutral embroidery threads.
I really like Granite as an option as every colour in the Story Time Sampler palette pops. A good choice if you are looking for a darker background.
Pewter is an option if you are looking for a grey background, there is one close embroidery thread match which stuck out to me and that is the Antique Blue Embroidery Thread, but it wasn’t enough to rule it out as a possible option.
28 Count Cashel
Cashel is another 100% linen evenweave fabric and has that lovely linen feel. At 28 Count the finished size of the sampler will be slightly larger than the 32ct fabric and measure 9.5 x 13 inches
My top pick using Cashel is Natural as all the embroidery thread colours pop!
The Cashel version of Granite is a little darker than the Lugana as a result some of the darker embroidery threads don’t show up as well, but still a valid option if you are looking for a darker backing fabric.
Confederate Grey is another option if you are after a grey linen, there are a couple of closer matches on the embroidery threads which caught my eye, namely the antique blue and brown grey. They aren’t deal breakers however!
Flax is a shade lighter than Natural above and whilst I love how the colours pop I felt the neutrals were a little close in tone and a darker fabric might be preferable.
Phew we have made it to the end, as you will see there are lots and lots of options for you to consider when picking a backing fabric for your Story Time Sampler. Once your fabric arrives it is a good idea to sew a zig zag stitch around the edges of your fabric to prevent it fraying as you stitch.
I hope this post helps you pick out your backing fabric, I really like a natural linen look to my Cross Stitch projects so I am thinking I will probably go with the Cashel in Natural. Oh the decisions!
Good luck picking your fabric and don’t forget you can find the Story Time Sampler thread packs and all these Zweigart fabrics on the website, there is still plenty of time to consider your options before stitching begins on the 15th January!
PS. Don’t forget to sign up for your Story Time Sampler pattern before the end of December, come 1st January VAT will have to be added to the price of all digital downloads sold to EU customers.