Hiya. Quick post. Received my fabric order today and as usual, not the same as my first piece. But close!! I think all they will need is a dip to darken and they will be fine. That's sometimes hard to do because the tone can change depending on the dip.
I was really surprised at how easily I could stitch on the higher counts with one thread. Really surprised. Those numbers always scared me! I use Dollar Store magnifiers for all stitching and didn't change the strength as I thought I would need to do. Trying something new is so hard without being able to feel the texture and weight which many of us shop-lackers can't do. So I thought if anyone would like to attempt a piece of 35 count I would show the difference in these two from my order. One is 35 count Lambswool (Wichelt), and the other 35 count Beige (Weeks Dye Works). 123 Stitch offers smaller pieces to try and reasonable shipping rates.
Although the same count, one looks more open and easier to see. So I will show a few photos for you to get an idea of weave in case you would like to try either.
As for texture, the Wichelt Lambswool (right) is stiff. So is the 40 count and if you like a very soft hand, this isn't it. But the weave is easier to see.
The Weeks Beige (right) is softer and has a more dense weave, not as open, but still fairly easy to see for stitching. A little darker than the Lambswool.
I like both of these pieces for color and also their feel. I have a 28 count piece of 18th C. Rook, soft and not the dark bronzey green, that I may offer for sale along with a Fossil iPad easel that I found at their outlet. She told me it was universal and would hold my Samsung 10" tablet but it doesn't.