I am about to embark on a new rather large project and am trying to decide if I should try monaco (28 count over 2 threads). I have never stitched on monaco and am wondering about the advantages or disadvantages compared to linen.
Well, they are both evenweaves, so from that aspect, monaco & 28ct linen are the same thread-wise. I am using a piece of monaco for my Heaven & Earth Design, but I'm doing it over-1. I like the monaco, it has nice body to it - but I like fabrics that don't feel like they will blow away or melt. I think the main thing is to determine if you like the feel of it vs. a linen - it's cheaper, that's for sure, and if your design covers the entire piece, the feel of it is pretty much the most important part. If you aren't used to a bit stiffer fabric - like a soft aida - then you may not like it.
What follows is strictly my personal opinion - I will choose linen every chance I get. I love it, the more natural and lumpier, the better. On the other hand I agree with Rife, Monaco is less expensive, and if you are going to cover the whole thing, and don't want to use aida (or you can't get it in the count you want) then yes, go with that. Or hardanger cloth or lugana. (Did I spell anything correctly?)