FABRICS

32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric  |  32 Count Monika Fabric  |  28 Count Cashel Linen Fabric

25 Count and 28 Count Lugana Fabric  |  14 and 16 Count Aida Fabric

Carrickmacross Lace Fabrics: Cotton Organdie  |  Honey Combe Net (Tulle)

Kid leather  |  Jacobean (Linen) Twill Fabric  |  Mountmellick Fabric  |  Southern Belle Muslin Fabric

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ANTIQUE WHITE 32 COUNT BELFAST LINEN FABRIC

Belfast linen fabric is ideal for counted embroidery such as Blackwork and cross-stitch. The fabric has a natural look as the threads of the fabric are not even. This makes is slightly harder to see the holes in the fabric as the holes vary in size. Experienced embroiderers love the look of linen fabric as it does not have the orderliness of even weave fabric giving the embroidery a romantic rustic look. The Belfast linen has a slightly smoother surface compared to Cashel linen.

I use the belfast linen fabric for my Blackwork Chickadee Kit, the Blackwork Fuchsia Kit, the Blackwork Etui Box Kit and the Blackwork Meets Cross-Stitch Designs

Antique White 32 Count Belfast Linen fabric is 55 inches (137 cm) wide.

COST

1 Yard of Antique White 32 Count Belfast Linen Fabric: $79.95 Canadian Dollars

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32 COUNT MONIKA FABRIC

32 cotton MoniKa fabric (from Austria) is 50% cotton and 50% Modal (fibre made from beech wood) and is ideal for counted embroidery such as Blackwork and cross-stitch.

The fabric has even weave threads so that stitches/patterns will work out more regular than on an uneven weave such as linen fabric. It has a nice smooth surface so that when the embroidery is complete the viewer sees the embroidery and is not distracted by the fabric.

Monika fabric is from the same manufacturer that used to make the Etamin Fabric. The threads of the Monika fabric are thicker than the etamin fabric making the holes in the fabric smaller. The upside is that the Monika fabric is slightly stiffer and more durable than the Etamin fabric.

I use the Monika fabric for my Blackwork Butterfly Kits, the Blackwork Peacock Kit the Blackwork Kingfisher Kit and the Blackwork Meets Cross-Stitch Designs

The fabric is 70 inches (175 cm) wide.

COLOUR

Antique White

COST

1 yard of Off White 32 Count Monika Fabric: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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28 COUNT CASHEL LINEN FABRIC

Cashel Linen 28 Count: 100% Linen Fabric. The fabric has a natural look as the threads of the fabric are not even. This makes is slightly harder to see the holes in the fabric as the holes vary in size. Experienced embroiderers love the look of linen fabric as it does not have the orderliness of even weave fabric giving the embroidery a romantic rustic look. The Cashel linen has a slightly rougher surface compared to the Belfast linen.

The Cashel linen fabric can be used for the Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs.

The Cashel linen fabric is 55 inches (138 cm) wide.

COLOUR

Antique White

COST

30 inches by 55 inches of Off White 28 Count Cashel Linen Fabric: $62.50 Canadian Dollars

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25 Count and 28 COUNT LUGANA FABRIC

Lugana: 52% cotton/48% rayon. 28 threads per inch. Formerly called Brittney.

The fabric has even weave threads so that stitches/patterns will work out more regular than on an uneven weave such as linen fabric. It has a nice smooth and firm surface so that when the embroidery is complete the viewer sees the embroidery and is not distracted by the fabric.

The antique white Lugana fabric can be used for my Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs and my Blackwork Kits.

The black Lugana fabric is used for my Blackwork with Goldwork Kits.

The Lugana fabric is 55 inches (138 cm) wide.

COLOUR

28 Count Antique White Lugana Fabric

25 Count Black Lugana Fabric

COST

1 Yard of Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric: $55.90 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of Antique White 28 Count Lugana Fabric: $27.95 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Black 25 Count Lugana Fabric: $69.95 Canadian Dollars

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16 inch Wide Piece of Black 25 Count Lugana Fabric: $24.85 Canadian Dollars

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1 Piece of 10 inch by 11 inch 25 Count Black Lugana Fabric: $4.00 Canadian Dollars

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14 Count Antique White Aida Fabric

16 Count Antique White Aida Fabric

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AIDA FABRIC

14 and 16 Count Aida is 100% cotton even weave fabric. The threads of the fabric are easy to count as they are are all the same size making it easy to see the holes in the fabric. The fabric is durable, firm to the feel and handles un-picking well and can be washed once the embroidery is complete. Beginners typically work on 14 or 16 count fabric working the stitches over one thread of the fabric.

I use the 16 count aida fabric for my Blackwork Etui Box Kit

14 and 16 count Aida fabric can be used for the Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork designs.

The 14 Count Aida Fabric is 43 inches (108 cm) Wide

The 16 Count Aida Fabric is 51 inches (128 cm) Wide

COLOUR

Antique White and Ivory

COST

28 inch by 43 inch Piece of Antique White 14 Count Aida Cotton Fabric: $35.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Ivory 16 Count Aida Cotton Fabric: $46.00 Canadian Dollars

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White Cotton Organdie

Honeycomb Tulle (Net)

 

 

CARRICKMACROSS LACE FABRICS

WHITE COTTON ORGANDIE: Fabric is 48 inches wide.

1 Yard of White Cotton Organdie Fabric: $48.95 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of White Cotton Organdie Fabric: $24.50 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch by 10 inch Piece of White Cotton Organdie Fabric: $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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WHITE HONEYCOMB TULLE (NET): If you require larger pieces of tulle please email me to let me know.

8 inch by 10 inch Piece of White Honeycomb Tulle (Net): $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kid Leather with Smooth Surface

Black Also Available

Softer Kid leathers with Wrinkled Surface

Gold Shiny

Silver Shiny

Pewter Shiny

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KID LEATHER

The kid leather can be used in Goldwork, Modern Jacobean and Applique and can be sewn down by hand or machine. If you would like samples of the smooth kid leather please visit my Metal Threads Samples webpage.

Smooth Kid Leather: The smooth surface kid leather has a metallic shiny surface accept the "Copper Head" which has a matte surface. The kid leather is fairly stiff and is not appropriate for moulding over very dimensional surfaces.

Wrinkled Kid Leather: The wrinkled surface kid leathers come in gold, silver and pewter. They are slightly softer than the smooth surface leather and more moldable.

SIZE AND COST

You may order both any colour of the leather on the same order. i.e. Select gold and then click the button to add to cart and then select silver and click on the same button to add to cart. To check your order click on view cart below.

Kid Leather 4 inch by 4 inch (10 cm by 10 cm): $5.50 Canadian Dollars

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Kid Leather 6 inch by 6 inch (15 cm by 15 cm): $9.95 Canadian Dollars

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Gold Kid Leather 11 1/2 inch by 13 3/4 inch (28 3/4 cm by 34 1/2 cm): $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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Wrinkled Kid Leather 4 inch by 4 inch (10 cm by 10 cm): $5.95 Canadian Dollars

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Wrinkled Kid Leather 6 inch by 6 inch (15 cm by 15 cm): $10.95 Canadian Dollars

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Wrinkled Kid Leather 6 inch by 8 inch (15 cm by 20 cm): $14.60 Canadian Dollars

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Wrinkled Kid Leather 12 inch by 12 inch (30 cm by 30 cm): $46.00 Canadian Dollars

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Colour: Natural (closest to in colour to DMC embroidery floss No. 822)

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TRADITIONAL JACOBEAN LINEN TWILL FABRIC

The Jacobean Linen Twill fabric is the traditional fabric used for Jacobean crewel embroidery and is woven in Scotland.

The Linen Twill fabric is naturally stiff and heavy traditionally used for drapes over windows and around beds to ward of the cold and can be used for pictures, fire screens and cushions.

Before embroidery is begun the fabric should be washed by hand, in hand hot water, soaked for a while and then rinsed so that the stiffening is removed from the fabric. The fabric can be ironed dry on the wrong side of the fabric.

This traditional Jacobean Linen Twill fabric has the characteristic diagonal weave on both sides of the fabric.

The Jacobean Linen Twill fabric is 60 inches (150 cm) wide, and can ordered by the yard or 1/2 a yard.

COLOUR

Natural (closest to in colour to DMC embroidery floss No. 822)

COST

1 yard of Jacobean Linen Twill Fabric: $88.00 Canadian Dollars

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MOUNTMELLICK FABRIC

The Mountmellick fabric that supply is the traditional cotton satin jean Mountmellick fabric used for Mountmellick embroidery.

The fabric is a tightly woven, 100% cotton satin, the shiny side of the fabric is embroidered upon with the matt Mountmellick Thread, giving Mountmellick its characteristic contrast.

The Mountmellick fabric is 55 inches (137 cm) wide.

COLOUR

White

COST

Yard(s) of Mountmellick Fabric: $60.00 Canadian Dollars

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SOUTHERN BELLE 100% COTTON MUSLIN FABRIC

Southern Belle Muslin fabric (Calico in European terms) is a 100% cotton fabric.

This wonderful fine quality muslin fabric has a 220 thread count (regular muslin fabric thread count starts at 70) and makes an ideal ground fabric for needle painting and other forms of free form embroidery. I use the southern belle fabric in my needle painting kits.

The warp and weft threads are closely woven allowing for very precise stitching. The fabric is smooth to the feel, has no brown specks or slubs as in some muslins and has a very consistent weave unlike some broad cloths. There is very little stretch to the fabric so when pulled tight in a stretcher bar frame the fabric does not easily pucker and is firm enough to be used without a backing fabric.

The muslin fabric can be also used as a supporting fabric for the Goldwork and silk fabric embroidery projects.

The fabric does not shrink after washing and keeps the same smooth feel. (The fabric does not come washed).

The fabric comes to me on a bolt and sometimes there are crease marks in the fabric from being wrapped on the bolt. These creases come out easily after the fabric has been washed in hot water and ironed on cotton heat.

The fabric also may have some fault lines in it (grey fine lines about 1/2 and inch long). On shorter lengths of fabric such as 1 yard lengths I try to cut the fabric to avoid these fault lines but it is near impossible for me to do this on lengths longer than one yard so expect to have a few small lines in the fabric in each yard.

The muslin fabric is 44 inches (110 cm ) wide.

COLOUR

Light Cream

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5 Yards or More of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric: $6.00 Canadian Dollars a Yard

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SHADOW WORK LINEN

The shadow work linen fabric is used for fine white work embroidery, shadow work embroidery, and shadow work applique. There is approximately 50 threads to the inch. The fabric is fine and slightly see through.

I use the shadow work linen in my Fine White Work kits.

The shadow work linen fabric is 72 inches (180 cm) wide.

COLOUR

White

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1 Yard of Shadow Work Linen Fabric: $110.00 Canadian Dollars

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Off White Silk Noil

Black Silk Noil

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SILK NOIL FABRIC

Off White and Black silk Noil are raw silk fabric with fine warp and weft threads and a bobbly suface ideal for doing goldwork embroidery on.

When using the fabric for Goldwork I recommend that the silk fabric is backed with a muslin fabric (calico in European terms) for added strength.

The Silk Noil fabric is 44 inches (110 cm ) wide.

COLOUR

  • Off White Silk Noil is very close to DMC floss No. 712

  • Black Silk Noil

SIZES AND COSTS

1 Yard of Silk Noil Fabric: $13.00 Canadian Dollars

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SILK MATKA FABRIC

Red/Brown silk Matka is a rustic silk fabrics with larger warp and weft threads that have a range of tones in the colour of the fabric. The fabric is ideal for doing goldwork embroidery on.

When using the fabric for Goldwork I recommend that the silk fabric is backed with a muslin fabric (calico in European terms) for added strength.

The Silk Matka fabric is 44 inches (110 cm ) wide.

COLOUR

  • Red/Brown Silk Matka cose to DMC No. 632

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1 Yard of Silk Matka Fabric: $45.00 Canadian Dollars

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Yellow Polyester Felt

Honey Biscuit Wool Felt

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FELT

Felt makes an excellent padding material or foundation fabric to apply Gold threads over top.

Several layers of felt padding can be applied to the design for a raised effect. When padding an area with more than one layer of felt it is best to cut the underneath felt layers slightly smaller. Sew down the small layers first and finish of with the largest layer on top. The largest piece of felt covers the edges of the smaller pieces so that the edges do not protrude between the metal threads sewn over the top.

Felt makes an excellent ground fabric even if padding is not required in the design. A single layer of the felt can be sewn down onto the ground fabric and the gold sewn over top. If there are gaps between the applied metal threads these gaps are less likely to show if a felt, the same colour as the metal threads is underneath.

Yellow felt is used underneath Gold threads, white felt is used under Silver threads and brown is used under Copper threads.

Wool felt comes in limited colours, the closest colour to gold threads is honey biscuit which can be used for gold and copper threads.  Wool and polyester felt are both very similar in appearance and both are used for metal thread embroidery.

POLYESTER FELT COST

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