WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi of Measi's Musings.
What are your favourite and least favourite materials to use in your stitching?
My favourite fabric is evenweave, with my favourite count being 32 count. I like stitching on Murano for picture designs. For samplers I enjoy linen, again in 32 count or higher. I am a big fan of hand-dyed fabrics, the majority of which I get from Dawn at Crafty Kitten or Kate at Sparklies. They are both lovely people and sell the most gorgeous fabrics. Dawn's tend to be more subtle and muted whereas Kate's are more variegated and brighter! Both will mail internationally so please check out their websites if you haven't already done so.
Thread-wise I am a DMC fan, for price, availability and consistency in colour and quality they can't be beaten. I have used silks and while I like them I am not totally convinced they are worth the extra expense!
My least favourite items would be a tie between hard aida and bobbins! I know these are both contentious subjects but honestly - life is too short to bobbinate!! DMC comes in the perfect skein already so you can just pull out one length or two. Why spend valuable hours unravelling it and putting it on a bobbin? And don't get me started on the horrible cheap hard aida they supply in some kits. I actually got a friction burn from one piece where it rubbed against my wrist!
I don't use many tools. I stitch in hand so no hoops or frames. I railroad my stitches so I don't use a special laying tool. I would rather like a Star DeTailer thingy to hook in the last mm of the thread but they are expensive to import so I do without. Nice sharp scissors are a must and I do like gold plated needles too (size 28 petite). I use Flossaway bags to store my threads and make thread sorters out of cornflake packets, although I have a craving for the Primitive Hare witch and ghost! An ORTs tin and a stitching project bag and I'm good to go!
Finally, the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop ends at midnight tonight and the winner will be announced this weekend (probably Sunday) when I will also post details on the next hop - The Advent Calendar. I am also contemplating a year long SAL on the theme Gifted Gloriousness. So think on that until then!