Embroidery is not among the things which have to be done, and must be done, therefore, as best one can do them. It is in the nature of a superfluity: the excuse for it is that it is beautiful. It is not worth doing unless it is done well, and in material worth the work done on it. If you are going to spend the time you must spend to do good work, it is worth while using good stuff, foolish to use anything else. The stuff need not be costly, but it should be the best of its kind; and it should be chosen with reference to the work to be done on it, and vice versa. A mean ground-stuff implies, if it does not necessitate, its being embroidered all over, groundwork as well as pattern ; a worthier one suggests that it should not be hidden altogether from view ; a really beautiful one asks that enough of it should be left bare of ornament that its quality may be appreciated.

It goes without saying, that for big, bold stitching a proportionately coarse ground-stuff should be used, and for delicate work, one of finer texture - whether it be linen, woollen cloth, or silk, your purpose will determine.