MOUNTMELLICK EMBROIDERY SUPPLIES

MOUNTMELLICK SUPPLIES

Cotton Satin Jean Mountmellick Fabric  |  100% White Cotton Threads

Embroidery Frames  |  Erasable Pens  |  Embroidery Scissors  |  Magni-clip Magnifiers

Mountmellick Kit  |  Needles  |  Needle Minders  |  Prick and Pounce Set

MOUNTMELLICK BOOKS

Beginners Guide to Mountmellick  |  Mountmellick Embroidery  |  Mountmellick Inspired by Nature

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MOUNTMELLICK HISTORY

Mountmellick embroidery technique is easily recognized by its bold, heavy stitches, the natural floral motifs, the absence of any openwork, the predominantly surface stitches, the typical fringed edges and the general overall appearance of sculptured surface. Traditionally worked with thick cotton threads on a firm cotton satin fabric, the finished work was intended to be extremely durable and take many harsh washings. Common projects were pillow shams, quilts, sachet cases and general household items.

A convent in the town of Mountmellick, Ireland, in the center of the textile industry, is given credit for the origination of this technique in the early part of the 19th century.

 

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: $65.00 Canadian Dollars

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Yard of Mountmellick Fabric: $32.50 Canadian Dollars

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4 Pieces of Mountmellick Fabric 7 inches by 18 inches: $17.00 Canadian Dollars - GREAT FOR GREETING CARDS

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Piece of Mountmellick Fabric: $12.00 Canadian Dollars

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Piece of Mountmellick Fabric: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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Piece of Mountmellick Fabric: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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Piece of Mountmellick Fabric: $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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Mountmellick Thread - Cone

Mountmellick Thread - Skeins

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Mountmellick Embroidery Threads

The Mountmellick threads that I offer are the traditional pure white 100% cotton threads used for Mountmellick embroidery. The thread has a mat surface which contrasts nicely with the traditional satin surface of Mountmellick fabric.

Mountmellick Thread #1: Is very fine and can be used for other forms of whitework including pulled work, embroidery Anglais and fine whitework.

Mountmellick Thread #2: Commonly two different weights of Mountmellick thread are used in mountmellick embroidery, #2 and #4 make a good combination or #3 and #4.

Mountmellick Thread #3: Near to the weight of #4 makes a good thread for stem stitch, satin stitch, fly stitch.

Mountmellick Thread #4: The heaviest of the Mountmellick threads, is great for padding and French Knots.

I have a beginners kit in Mountmellick and the Mountmellick Embroidery Inspired by Nature book is an excellent book for mountmellick embroidery with great step by step diagrams and projects to do.

COST

Cone of #1 Very Fine (approx 450 Yards) Mountmellick Thread: $28.95 Canadian Dollars

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Cone of #2 Fine (approx 550 Yards) Mountmellick Thread: $45.95 Canadian Dollars

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Cone of Mountmellick Thread (#3 - 200 Yards & #4 - 175 Yards): $26.95 Canadian Dollars

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Skein of Mountmellick Thread (#1 - 50 Yards & #2 - 50 Yards): $6.50 Canadian Dollars

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Skein of Mountmellick Thread (#3 - 50 Yards & #4 - 40 Yards): $7.50 Canadian Dollars

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MOUNTMELLICK CORNER DESIGN

The Corner Design is a beginner to advanced Mountmellick technique.

Working the embroidery: A variety of different embroidery stitches (approximately 15) are worked with traditional Mountmellick threads (two thicknesss' of white cotton embroidery threads) on a heavy white satin jean fabric. The stitches worked are bold giving the picture a 3-dimensional effect.

The kit has detailed instructions and lots of diagrams to guide your through the embroidery. The instructions are written with the beginner in mind and intended to guide embroiderers of any level through the embroidery from beginning to end. The fabric comes with the design hand drawn on so there are no worries about transferring the design.

I am offering free correspondence and free on going critique for this kit, for more details go to - Free on going critique.

EMBROIDERY SIZE

Height: 7 inches (17 1/2 cm)     Width: 7 3/4 inches (19 1/2 cm)

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet  •  1 No. 4 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  1 Skein of #2 Mountmellick Thread  •  1 Skein of #3 Mountmellick Thread  •  1 Skein of #4 Mountmellick Thread  •  A Piece of Cotton Satin Jean Fabric (Traditional Mountmellick Fabric) Approximately 18 inches Square (45 cm Square) with Design Hand Drawn on.

KIT COST

Mountmellick White Work Kit: $55.00 Canadian Dollars

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I recommend stretcher bar frames to work Mountmellick in as you can get excellent tension on all four sides of the embroidery resulting in smoother stitches. For information about the frames visit my Embroidery Frames webpage. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

(TSSF&TT) 16 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $17.00 Canadian Dollars

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MOUNTMELLICK NEEDLES

Size 8 crewel embroidery needles are used for sewing down #1 Mountmellick embroidery thread.

Size 4 crewel embroidery needles are used for sewing down #2 Mountmellick embroidery thread.

Size 1 crewel embroidery needles are used for sewing down #3 and #4 Mountmellick embroidery threads.

The needles have a long eye for easier threading a sharp point to the needle so that the stitches can be worked close together and there is more control for placing the stitches.

COST

Packet of Crewel Embroidery Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Magni-Clips Magnifiers

Magni-clips are magnifiers that clip onto the bridge of your glasses, they can be flipped up when not in use and put down over your glasses for close up work. The magni-clips are light weight and rimless so as not to distract from your stitching.

Choice of +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00, +3.50 and +4.00 magnification.

Excellent for all types of hand embroidery such as needle painting, modern Jacobean, shadow work, white work and for counted thread embroidery such as blackwork, cross-stitch and sampler work etc.

Magni-Clip Cost

Magni-Clips Magnifiers: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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Needle Minders - Needlework Magnets

Curious Cat

Cranes on Navy

Miller's Dragonflies

Hummingbird

Turtle Abalone Needle Minder

NEEDLE MINDERS

Needlework Magnets

Beautiful and unique needlework magnets hold your extra needles while stitching your embroidery or cross-stitch. The raised areas of the minders (accept the mini turtle abalone needle minder) are carved out of resin and have remarkable detail.

HOW TO USE THE MINDER

As many of us know it is easier to have 2 or 3 needles on the go at one time when working on an embroidery or cross-stitch so that you can carry the thread from one location on the embroidery to another. When you are not using one of the threads it is easier to leave the thread hanging off the embroidery to one side rather than finishing the thread and having to begin it again later on.

Sometimes when one has several needles on the go the threads become tangled. The best way to prevent this is to place a needle minder on the front of the fabric at the side of the frame, and place the separate magnet on the back of the fabric directly below the needle minder on the front. The minder is held in place by the magnet on the back.  The needle and threads that are not in use can then be brought up to the front of the work and placed on top of the magnetic needle minder to keep the thread out of the way (see picture of needle minder in use on the squirrel embroidery below).

When you turn the frame over to finish a thread off you do not have needles and threads dangling off the embroidery as the needles are held on the minder.

Embroidery Stretcher Bar Frames

NEEDLE MINDER SIZE

Resin Needle Minders: 1 3/4 inches (4 1/2 cm) by 1 1/4 inches (3 1/4 cm)

Mini Turtle Abalone Needle Minder: 3/4 inch (2 cm) by 5/8 inch (1 1/2 cm)

COST

Needle Minder: $14.45 Canadian Dollars

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Mini Turtle Needle Minder: $9.95 Canadian Dollars

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ERASABLE PENS

I sell two types of erasable pens which are really good for use on the Mountmellick fabric as the line is not permanent so the piece can be washed afterwards and all the design lines will disappear. The Mountmellick is also see-through enough that you place the design underneath the fabric and trace the design on.

  1. The water erasable marking pen has a pin-point tip that produces a very fine line. Use the pen for drawing embroidery designs onto fabric. When the embroidery is complete the blue pen line can be washed away. On rare occasions certain dyes in material (dyes containing red in particular) may make marks difficult to remove. If you do not want to wash your fabric then the air erasable pen can be used instead.

  2. The air erasable marking pen has a pin-point tip that produces a very fine line. The fine line marking pen makes a bright purple mark, the marks will vanish without washing, but do not iron the over the marks as it will set the marks and they cannot be removed.

COST

Fine Line Erasable Marking Pens: $5.45 Canadian Dollars

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Goldwork/Snipping Scissors with Straight Fine Precision Blades

Teal Embroidery Scissors with Slightly Larger Thumb/Finger Holes and Wider Blades.

Curved Blade Scissors for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work

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SEW MATE SCISSORS

The blue, purple and pink straight blade scissors have very sharp points perfect for snipping. Excellent for embroidery techniques that require precision cutting.

The teal scissors have slightly larger thumb/finger holes and wider blades and also very sharp great for Mountmellick embroidery.

The curved blade scissors are very good for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work, the scissors have a curved tilt great for cutting away fabric against stitching.

The scissors come with a plastic clip on sheaf to protect the 1 inch blades. These are great value, handy and sharp little scissors.

SCISSOR SIZE

Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)   Width at handles: 1 1/2 inches (4 cm)

Width of finger/thumb holes: 5/8 inches (1 1/2 cm)

SCISSOR COST

Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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PRICKER, POUNCE AND VELUM SET

Click here to read instructions on how to do the Prick and Pounce method of design transfer

The set includes the steel pricker, Pattern Pounce (pouncing tool), Pounce and a piece of Velum tracing paper 6 inches by 6 inches (15 cm by 5 cm) at a reduced price. Save money by purchasing the prick and pounce set rather than purchasing the supplies seperately.

18 Grams of Pounce (1 tub) at least 100 x transfers from 10 inch by 10 inch prickings.

75 grams of Pounce (1 bag) will do at least 415 x transfers from 10 inch by 10 inch prickings.

COST

Wooden Pricker, Container of Pounce, Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $32.00 Canadian Dollars

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Steel Pricker, Container of Pounce, Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $30.00 Canadian Dollars

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Wooden Pricker, Bag of Pounce (75 Grams), Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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Steel Pricker, Bag of Pounce (75 Grams), Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $46.00 Canadian Dollars

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BOHIN TRANSFER PENCIL TO DRAW OVER POUNCE LINES

Bohin Transfer Pencil with White and Grey Lead: $18.95 Canadian Dollars

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EXTRA SHEET OF VELUM TRACING PAPER

1 x 11" by 8 1/2" Sheet of Velum Tracing Paper: $0.80 Canadian Dollars

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MOUNTMELLICK EMBROIDERY

Soft back book, 64 pages, written by Pat Trott and published by Search Press Needlecrafts.

This informative book has step by step photos of how to transfer the Mountmellick designs provided onto the fabric, how to work the Mountmellick embroidery stitches and how to knit the fringe often used around Mountmellick accessories. This is a great book to learn Mountmellick embroidery.

I can provide the Mountmellick fabric and Mountmellick threads to work the projects shown in the book.

COST

Beginners Guide to Mountmellick Embroidery Book: $25.95 Canadian Dollars

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MOUNTMELLICK EMBROIDERY

Soft back book, 96 pages, written by Jules and Kaethe Kliot and published by Priscilla Publishing Company.

This book illustrates many examples of Mountmellick designs and the stitches used.

Each illustration has a description of how the piece was worked, detailing the stitches used and the location of the stitches on the piece.

There are no working samples in the book but the illustrations viewed can be copied and used.

This book is a great accompaniment for my Mountmellick corner design kit.

I can provide the Mountmellick fabric and Mountmellick threads to work the projects shown in the book.

COST

Mountmellick Embroidery Book by by Jules and Kaethe Kliot: $26.95 Canadian Dollars

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MOUNTMELLICK EMBROIDERY INSPIRED BY NATURE

Soft back book, 88 pages, written by Yvette Stanton and Prue Scott and Published by Kangaroo Press.

My Choice Book for Mountmellick Embroidery: This is a great book for learning Mountmellick embroidery stitches, knitted fringes and 15 Beautiful projects ranging from beginners to intermediate to advanced level. The book also has a great history section on Mountmellick Embroidery.

The book contains easy-to-follow step-by-step stitch and knitting instructions, project instructions, clear black and white diagrams and colour photograph of each finished project.

There are two chapters of project: one with traditional-style designs and applications, and the other with traditional-style designs with contemporary applications. Whatever your experience or tastes this book has something to satisfy your creative desires.

This book is a great accompaniment for my Mountmellick corner design kit.

I can provide the Mountmellick fabric threads to work the projects shown in the book.

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