What type of fabric is best for embroidery?
Tightly woven even-weave fabrics are best for surface embroidery, while loosely woven fabrics are ideal for counted thread, pulled thread, and drawn thread techniques. The fiber content for evenweave fabric can be cotton, linen, rayon and polyester blends—or even hemp or bamboo.
How do you prepare fabric for embroidery?
Make sure your ironing board cover is clean or put down a clean cloth or sheet over it. Use a dry iron, set on the linen / cotton setting. Iron the linen exactly horizontally and exactly vertically, but never diagonally. Iron to remove the wrinkles, not to dry the linen.