Very Fine Linen for Schwalm Whitework

Some days ago I received in the mail a sample of very fine linen. It is pure warp yarn linen – #180 with 20 threads/cm (50.8 tpi) – from the Weddigen weaving mill.

It is nearly an evenweave. I counted 20/18–19 threads/cm (50.8/45.72–48.26 tpi), as the enlarged detail below shows.

The linen has a nice “hand” and looks handsome.

At once I started to test it, and here is the result.
The linen is densely woven. The structure is clear with some typical linen slubs, as the photo on a light pad shows.

Withdrawing threads was easy in both directions. The thread did not break inside the 30 cm of my testing piece.

The subsequent withdrawn-thread line is clear without any fluff.

To test the stitching qualities, I transferred a small design; it will be shown in a future article.

Doing the prep stitches was pleasant. The needle glided smoothly through the linen.
Withdrawing threads was easy, and although my eyesight is no longer very good, I could do it wearing only my glasses; no magnification was needed.

After withdrawing the threads for the openwork grid, only a small amount of fluff remained. Viewing the grid, the slightly uneven weave is noticeable, but it is not at all distracting when working the filling patterns.

The dense weave enables one to place Satin stitches exactly where desired (please note that the picture below is greatly magnified and the piece has not yet been boiled),

and Blanket stitch eyelets (now seen boiled and ironed) can also be stitched with greater precision.

In all this is a wonderful fabric and a treasure for aficionados of fine linen.

This linen can be purchased here. Please email me with your request.

Kit #4

Kit #4 provides all materials required for lesson #4 Needle-Weaving Band Sampler. The lesson #4 project needs a linen piece measuring at least 50 cm X 60 cm. But perhaps one wants to add some more needle-weaving bands or a crown (content of a future article); to accommodate such a scenario, I decided to cut the linen to measure 50 cm X 100 cm – it can be easily cut to the desired length, whereas a too short piece is difficult to lengthen.

• linen – 14/cm thread count Übelhör natural linen about 50 cm X 100 cm
• linen – 14/cm thread count Übelhör natural linen about 30 cm X 30 cm for practicing
• Tapestry needle No. 24
• Tapestry needle No. 26
• Coton à broder No. 16 – 4 skeins, and No. 30 – 1 skein


Kit #4
14/cm thread count natural linen
needles
threads
item price: €27 (including 19% sales tax), €22.69 for customers outside the EU
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Kit #2B

This kit provides all the needed materials for lesson #2 Tulip Wreath, for the project worked with 13.5 per cm thread-count linen.

The kit includes all of the following:
• linen – 13.5/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 60 cm X 60 cm with the pre-transferred design
• linen – 13.5/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 20 cm X 20 cm for practicing
• Coton à broder No 16 – 1 skein, No. 20 – 2 skeins, and No. 30 – 3 skeins
• Chenille needle No. 24
• Chenille needle No. 26
• Tapestry needle No. 26
• washing powder

Kit #2B
13.5/cm thread count linen with the pre-transferred design
needles
threads
item price: € 34.00 (including 19% sales tax), 28.57 € for customers outside the EU
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Kit #2A

This kit provides all the needed materials for lesson #2 Tulip Wreath, for the project worked with 16 per cm thread-count linen.


The kit includes all of the following:
• linen – 16/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 45 cm X 45 cm with the pre-transferred design
• linen – 16/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 20 cm X 20 cm for practicing
• Coton à broder No 20, and 25 – 1 skein each, and No. 30 – 2 skeins
• Chenille needle No. 26
• Tapestry needle No. 26
• washing powder


Kit #2A
16/cm thread count linen with the pre-transferred design
needles
threads
item price: € 25 (including 19% sales tax), 21.01 € for customers outside the EU
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Kit #1

This kit provides all the needed materials for lesson #1 Happel Hearts and lesson #3 Openwork Circle Design Ornaments. A small sample piece of linen with 16 threads per cm is also included so that you can test the fabric before working lesson #2 Tulip Wreath.


for lesson #1
• design
• linen – 13.5/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 20 cm X 90 cm
• DEKA iron transfer pencil
• tracing paper
• removable tape
• Chenille needle No. 24
• Chenille needle No. 26
• Tapestry needle No. 26
• Coton à broder No 16, 20, and 25 – 1 skein each
• washing powder

additional items for lesson #3
• linen – 13.5/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 20 cm X 90 cm
• Coton à broder No 16, 20, and 30 – 1 skein each
• washing powder

additional item preparing for lesson #2
• linen – 16/cm thread count Weddigen linen about 20 cm X 20 cm


Kit #1
linen
needles
threads
and various accessories
item price: € 35 (including 19% sales tax), 29,41 € for customers outside the EU
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