This handy calculator tells you how big your fabric should be for your embroidery project, and even recommends a needle size:
When you can’t decide on a colour palette for your project, or when you have one awesome colour but need ideas for complimentary colours:
Supplies are limited in my area, so I shop online for almost all of my embroidery floss and fabric. These are my favorite sites:
Stitch-it Central has a great selection of fabric, floss, and stitching accessories. Their shipping rate is very good.
Stoney Creek is my favorite place to shop. Their site is user-friendly and the selection is awesome.
Dinky-Dyes silk flosses are simply awesome! Solids and variegated,
Threadworx’s variegated floss are the most amazing colours. Bradley’s Balloons is my all-time favorite.
Kreinik has the best metallics for stitching, as they don’t unravel as easily as other brands. #4 braid is perfect for 18 count Aida. And they also have this fabulous colour finder page that is ever so handy.
Silks4U has luscious silk flosses, (and cotton too). They ship really fast. And my last order came with a little gift of assorted bits of silks, which was a lovely surprise 🙂