of paper should I use?
Any heavy weight paper (cardstock) will
be fine. I've embroidered on several
different kinds: paper from an
artist's water-color pad,
short-fibered tagboard, and expensive
I've found the best results with heavy paper
that has longer fibers. Look at the image to
the right. That's generic cardstock. The
fibers are very short. You will get a fine
result when you embroider on this type of
paper, but you will see perforations left
behind by the needle.
Paper with longer fibers (below, right) is
more forgiving of the needle perforations,
and it will pull together slightly after
embroidering. You'll still see needle
perforations, but they'll be smaller and
less noticeable than when working with the
inexpensive, short-fiber cardstock.
When choosing paper, you really get what you
pay for. Paper with long fibers is
considered higher quality, so it's more
You can find paper with short fibers at
almost any store, including discount chains
like Target and Walmart. You'll find
higher-quality paper at craft stores, art
stores, and specialty-paper stores.