Your collective knowledge is far greater than mine! It’s soft. Great post Kathy – very helpful. Thank you for the info re: linen available at Broderie Bayeux. It’s right under the word “Home”. Linen is a durable fiber, as is two-three times as strong as cotton. ... Linen's cool and comfortable wearing properties have made it a favourite summer fabric for millennia. Yes sounds luscious, but if you put fruity and spicy colored floss on top it would look absolutely delicious! The count is only a little higher (the density of the threads per cm is only a little more than the linen in the first photo) but the individual threads are so thick that there aren’t any “holes” between the warp and the weft. Aida is too stiff and I haven’t worked with it for probably 30 plus years now. Linen is a bast fiber. The fabric is called Aida and is woven to create exactly even squares of fabric with exactly spaced holes. I wish that the online shop owners would take advantage of the technology to show us the linen up close with some kind of ruler next to the threads so we would have a better idea of what we were ordering. The color sound luscious! I’m always on the lookout for an openweave linen with a high thread count, say between 50 and 60 threads per inch for pulled work. Kathy – She told me it is the same quality of linen used in the original. The linen on the left is the linen I am using. Liebe Grüße, Fabric density indicates the number of warp yarns and weft yarns in 1 inch2. I would love a small sample of the 2 linens you mentioned, thanks for your offer!=) You have my e-mail attached to this comment, so feel free to drop me a line when you have a moment and we can arrange it. Yarn linear density is often measured using standard test method ASTM D1907. Definitions of variables used: v = Volume v_f = Volume Fraction m = Mass d = Density Mass: I think cross stitch linen is different. Price: $14.26 FREE Shipping on your first order. The density, also called volumic mass or mass density, is the mass per unit volume and has ρ as its symbol. I used to do loads of cross stitch. So a linen with a “count of 12 is a much looser weave that linen with a count of 50, for example. In the photo above, you see linen I ordered from Luzine Happel. You probably go through more fabric than I do so cost is a primary consideration. Grrrr And yes, the linen available from Sue Hawkins is a bit lighter weight, with almost a sheen to it (not glossy) but not flimsy, and works up beautifully. Flax fibers vary in length from about 25 to 150 mm (1 to 6 in) and average 12–16 micrometers in diameter. Flax fibers can usually be identified by their “nodes” which add to the flexibility and texture of the fabric. I was confused by the European count method when I first began embroidering and had no idea what the equivalent to U.S. thread count was! I decided to search for places with high density of mobs which I can kill and drop [Linen Cloth].I traveled around Azeroth, and after a while I made a list of places. I made this Linen Cloth Farming guide to help out players who want to farm the cloths instead of buying them from the Auction House. Good on you for being particular and doing things properly. It’s a natural fabric that comes from a plant with beautiful blue flowers. “Finer linen demands good eyesight, perseverance and practice”. Flax is an annual plant, which means it only lives for one growing season. Another term is specific gravity, which is the ratio of the mass of a fiber material and the mass of an equal volume of water (density 1g/cm3). It has a tenacity of 5.5 to 6.5 gm/den. For example, to convert the density from meters per square meter into miles per square meter, multiply the output density by a factor of 1,609.344 (the numbers of meters in a mile). To contact Luzine Happel go to her home page and scroll down to the very bottom. 16 threads/cm (40 count) white linen from Luzine Happel. Or at least buy a small amount and work with the fabric. I went to Happel’s and Bayeux website but did not see the linen that either use so that I can purcase. Fabric density helps explain the thickness of textile products. The ideal weight for linen sheets is between 175 and 190 grams per square meter. I’d love some good high count stuff though, to try miniature (dolls house sized) counted thread work on.=) Do let us know if you find a preiswert supply somewhere! (It is expensive!) If you are traveling, or have the chance to buy linen from an online retailer who describes the linen in the “other” thread count from what you’re familiar with, it’s good to know what you’ll be ordering so you’re not unpleasantly surprised. Details & FREE Returns Return this item for free. History of Linen. The cost of linen varies widely and depends on the quality of the fibers used and the density of the weave. the density values for all three fabrics are the same because they are composed of equivalent volume fractions of the same materials. The strength is greater than cotton fiber. There is a post coming up about the shop in Bayeux called Broderie Bayeux and, yes, she does sell the linen.By the way, I think I answered via email but I may have missed it with school getting ready to start (tomorrow aarrgghh!) Thanks for the clarification! It was wonderful to see the close-up photos of the threads in the different linens. The cost of linen varies widely and depends on the quality of the fibers used and the density of the weave. There are few embroidery shops in Cape Town and little choice of linens, most are Zweigart from DMC. I started cross stitching on Aida but found evenweave / linen and switched and never went back. It’s very stiff even after I wash it by hand and air dry it. A field of linen in the French sunshine takes my breath away! Although it’s a relatively high count (but not the highest!) Linen spinning did not really progress until James Kay of Preston invented &lsquowet spinning&rsquo in 1825. Herzlichen Dank, Kathy, yes 50ct would be fine enough. Any questions about linen? We specialize in supplying timeless stylish, designer-quality pure organic linen bedding for your home. I love it!! Your email address will not be published. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, or Linum usitatissimum, one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history. For centuries women have done needlework. In the USA it’s measured in threads per inch. Would the linen I showed you today from Luzine Happel – be a high enough count for the doll house sized things your thinking about? Hi Wendi, She says in her book, Basic Principals of Schwalm Whitework, “…your time and efforts deserve the very best fabric”. Elongation at break: Linen does not stress easily. The packing density thus obtained cannot be separated from the associated pressure drop expression and does not, in any case, translate the real value of the packing density of the cake. Be the first to write a review. When I go to purchase linen is says something like “16 Fäden/cm” on the label. Hi Sharon, Then I opened the second package and saw this linen: it’s only 50 count linen as opposed to the 60 count from Broderie Bayeux, but the threads are much more plump. I agree with you about the threads vs the openness of the weave. Thank you so much for the lesson on linen! It would be beautiful but you’ve made me hungry for oatmeal now…with raisins and maybe a touch of good old fashioned American brown sugar. NeS (Woollen Count or Yorkshire Skein): The number of 256 yards (234 m) lengths per 1 pound (0.45 kg) of yarn. Kathy. Oatmeal colored linen? Liebe Grüße, You didn’t say directly, but I assume one can buy linen from Broderie Bayeux? High High-density foam is naturally the heaviest; beds with high-density foam comfort layers and support cores typically weigh 75 to 90 pounds, or more in some cases Average price Low Because low-density foam is relatively inexpensive, mattresses with this material have the lowest average price-point: about $500 to $750 Even if I have to pay postage its worth saving myself from making an investment in a linen that does not meet my needs. While thread count is suitable to describe bed linen, fabric density is used to measure thicker woven textiles like sofa cushions, bedspreads, throws, and blankets. What is fabric density, and how is it different to thread count? I do appreciate this blog. It is a measurement that provides the base weight of the fabric, given as a value of grams per square metre. The linen above is 14 threads/cm OR 35 count white linen. Might work for those of you in Europe though. But the GSM and cover factor also depend on the thread density. I generally only use what I already have these days, so I certainly won’t be buying that much in comparison to many keen stitchers.=). Fabric density at least for Irish linens that make them seem warmer than wool alternatives . NeK is also referred to as the spinning count. It sound like it is lighter weight maybe…? It was iven used for books and for a type of body armour. While the thread count is a measurement of the number of threads in a given area – that is, how tightly woven the threads are – the fabric density is another measurement indicating how much fibre is in a metre square, thereby allowing us to determine how strong and thick a fabric is. I’ll use it for my next Bayeux Tapestry replica. Linen varies from a creamy white to greyish brown, the depth of colour depending largely on the time and condition of retting. This type is often used for everyday household linens and clothing. I think that a good quality linen makes all the difference to the outcome of my stitching projects as well as being a pleasure to work with. An unbroken thread of women, stitching quietly, their minds pondering, considering, thinking, deliberating...for ages and ages. I agree with you about not being able to touch and feel the linen when I purchase on-line. Hi Wendy, NeK is an indirect measure of linear density. I do have several online sources sending me samples of linen that they sale. The golden cast really brings out the colors in the wools. Sophie Passion, I order from Philipa too but haven’t tried the linen twill from Sue Hawkins. The linen from Borderie Bayeux is found in an odd place – under “other product” then go to “wool” and you will find it. Linen is a textile made from hairs of the flax plant. As of 2010, lower-end linen, which is rougher than a more finely woven linen, can be found for $12.98 a yard. Naturally it isn’t quite that straightforward: here in Europe the thread count is measured in threads per centimetre. the cross stitch linen is typically labelled as “evenweave”. Physical Properties of Linen: Physical properties of linen fibers are given below: Color: The color of linen fiber is yellowish to grey. Lyn, Glad to know you enjoy reading The Unbroken Thread – than you! Linen is bast fiber. Liebe Grüße, It’s s frustrating not to be able to find what you need locally and easily isn’t it? How many threads there are per inch or centimetre determines the number (and is the density) of the linen. Really enjoyed this post. Here is the link. Real linen bedding essentials for every bed from tiny toddler bed to super king – duvet covers, housewife pillowcases, ruffled pillow shams, seamless fitted sheets, flat sheets in mild white, natural gray, rose brown, dark gray and a big variety of superb colors. Hi Catcus, Liebe Grüße, NeL is an indirect measure of linear density. GSM is to towels what thread count is to sheets. Kathy, GSM ranges from 300 to 900. Here’s what each weight is good for: Benefits of linen Linen is a very durable fibre and has many benefits over cotton.- Linen is 30% stronger than cotton- Has a high moisture absorbency- Hypo-allergenic Liebe Grüße,, This is probably the best way to see the quality of the fabric. I like the fact that her pricing includes shipping so no checkout shock – I’m in Canada. Hi Sarah, The main difference between this linen and the top linen is that this one is much rougher in the hand. Linen is our canvas and I have to say that as a surface embroiderer it is very frustrating trying to find a high count, quality linen. This is a linen that one sees often in French embroidery. Weft = threads that run horizontally. Flax/Linen Source. I would also love to find a good quality cotton muslin of the same thread count. This type is often used for everyday household linens and clothing. Use for linen has changed in time and especially in the last 30 years. High Density Blue Soiled Linen Liners. I’ve learnt to go to any shop I can find and see what they have. it depends. There you will find her contact details. Specified lengths of yarn are wound on reels as skein, and then weighed. Is cross stitch linen different? I look forward to your next posts. Linen is a material made from the fibres of the flax plant. I, too, find it difficult to find like minded embroiderers! Liebe GrüSe, The tex system has units measured in grams (g) per 1,000 metres (m). A second measurement that is extremely important to understand when looking at textiles is fabric density. Looking closely, you can see that the threads are of similar thickness and that the linen has “holes” between the threads. Kathy. I need to save this post for future reference. Yes, well…that’s something to look forward to, isn’t it? I’m happy that The Unbroken Thread is a good resource for you. As for buying expensive fabric…well. The shop Sophie Passion is in Bayeux. Registered at Berlin Charlottenburg under registration number HRB 136641. Kathy. How it feels is as important to me as the count. She also suggests that beginners (like me) use 14 threads/cm linen. Unfortunately I don’t know italian and I believe the shipping could be prohibitive to here. Learn how your comment data is processed. Es ist teuer! You can contact Chantel James by clicking on the “Contact” link on the home page. Tina of @tinasosna on Untreated Materials, Melanie of @melanie.licht on Fast Growing Materials. lol I love doing reproduction samplers. It’s called a natural linen.The color is similar to the plant after it’s been processed. Here is a completely different linen from the first two. This is the linen that Madame Chantel, the owner of the shop, uses in her kits. I recently had to search very hard for some 38 ct / inch linen. Possible uses for Line Density include finding density of roads as an influence on wildlife habitat or density of utility lines in a town. Glad the post helped so many of you! There are “holes” between the warp and the weft and, although they don’t show as clearly in the photo, they are about the same size as the linen in the top photo. Re cross stitch linen – as long as its even weave, it’ll work for cross stitch. 4.6 out of 5 stars 834 ratings. To figure out the inches to cm count, divide the “count” by 2.54 and you will have the European size), 14 threads/cm (35 count) white linen Sophia Passion. It has an elongation at break of 2.7 to 3.5 … Liebe Grüße’ The link is:, Hi Sharon, The higher the GSM, the heavier the towel and the softer and more absorbent. From this the linear density is calculated from the weight and length of the skein. Granted, the holes aren’t very big – compare them to the pin! It’s a 35 count linen I bought in the USA and I’m 99% sure it’s from Zweigert. It helps compare which of these are suitable for use in summer or winter: the higher the number, the heavier the product, and the more suitable it will be for colder months. Linenspa High Density Squares- Replacement Cushion for Sofa or Chairs -Multiple Sizes Upholstery Foam, 18 X 18, 1" Depth Visit the Linenspa Store. Its primary use is to compare the weight of certain textile products for which the thread count does not provide sufficient information; for example, whether a given product is suitable for warm or cold seasons. I agree. Thank you very much for the helpful information about the various counts and types of linen. NeS is an indirect measure of linear density. To help you remember here is a little rhyme I was taught: “Weft runs right to left”) The linen has a beautiful hand. You are -as is often the case – one step ahead of me! überlegen – to think, consider, ponder, deliberate, Thanks for the link. Calm, slow, careful stitches gave the appearance of activity, skill and usefulness, but the mind was free to think, to be quiet, to wander... There are two varieties: shorter tow fibers used for coarser fabrics and longer line fibers used for finer fabrics. For some countries that use the metric system, the area is 1 cm2 and 2.54 is multiplied to convert it into the correct measurement of density. This linen isn’t “heavy” but it drapes like a heavy linen. While thread count is suitable to describe bed linen, fabric density is used to measure thicker woven textiles like sofa cushions, bedspreads, throws, and blankets. If you understand that the “count” means threads per inch then converting from a European to a North American thread count isn’t difficult. For all other counts, the higher the number the thinner the yarn. It is fine linen indeed! Top quality flax is primarily grown in Western Europe. How many threads there are per inch or centimetre determines the number (and is the density) of the linen. Some vendors only deal wholesale, stores sell linen but dont disclose the vendor, thread count etc. Thanks for the site in Australia and in Italy – we have people from all over so it helps to have as many resources as possible!
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