This 100% Linen fabric has a very stiff "hand" as linen is naturally a stiff fiber. It should soften when it is washed. This fabric is appropriate for any counted thread embroidery. For small projects, you may find that you don't need a hoop, due to the stiffness of this fabric. This is a 32-count fabric, so cross-stitched over two threads would work out to be 16 stitches per inch.