Learn how your comment data is processed. There are two varieties: shorter tow fibers used for coarser fabrics and longer line fibers used for finer fabrics. In the photo above, you see linen I ordered from Luzine Happel. 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.=). I started cross stitching on Aida but found evenweave / linen and switched and never went back. Naturally it isn’t quite that straightforward: here in Europe the thread count is measured in threads per centimetre. 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. Linen spinning did not really progress until James Kay of Preston invented &lsquowet spinning&rsquo in 1825. To contact Luzine Happel go to her home page and scroll down to the very bottom. When I go to purchase linen is says something like “16 Fäden/cm” on the label. I’m happy that The Unbroken Thread is a good resource for you. Here’s the link in case you’re ever there. From this the linear density is calculated from the weight and length of the skein. You probably go through more fabric than I do so cost is a primary consideration. Flax/Linen Source. How it feels is as important to me as the count. What is the big secret?! Flax fibers vary in length from about 25 to 150 mm (1 to 6 in) and average 12–16 micrometers in diameter. It was wonderful to see the close-up photos of the threads in the different linens. If anyone can enlighten us further, please let us know via the comments. This is a linen that one sees often in French embroidery. Kathy, Mmm, I wonder if I do get through that much fabric?? Legacy linen, which Mary Corbert loves, isn’t available here under that brand. The following equations are based on a rule-of-mixtures approach assuming a solid material (i.e. Advice? Specified lengths of yarn are wound on reels as skein, and then weighed. It is fine linen indeed! 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! Thanks for the link. Hi Sharon, It’s very stiff even after I wash it by hand and air dry it. Linen fabric has a number of properties, that makes it highly useful for various applications, in industry, in home furnishings and apparels. I know it takes time to set it up but it sure would be helpful and, who knows!, it might boost their sales I would think that most places would offer a snippet. A second measurement that is extremely important to understand when looking at textiles is fabric density. Kathy. Or maybe the linen from Borderie Bayeux? Kathy. How many threads there are per inch or centimetre determines the number (and is the density) of the linen. Strength: An important property of linen is its strength. You can contact Chantel James by clicking on the “Contact” link on the home page. GSM stands for grams per square meter; it’s a measure of the density of a towel. Hi Wendi, The highest count I own is 40 per inch, but I know one can get 55ct from a few UK on-line stores, only it’s really quite pricey at about 20 Euros for a fat quarter! 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! The linen on the left is the linen I am using. The color sound luscious! The main difference between this linen and the top linen is that this one is much rougher in the hand. (To figure out the cm to inches count , multiply the threads per cm by 2.54 and you will have the threads per inch. 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. I bought it at Sophia Passion in Bayeux. It’s right under the word “Home”. There are several different brands and they look very similar to what you have pictured. Thread counts range from as low as 20 threads per inch as used in tobacco cloth to as high as 350 threads per inch, found in typewriter ribbon fabrics. Although many countries use the metric system, the density is almost always measured in inch. You didn’t say directly, but I assume one can buy linen from Broderie Bayeux? The linen from Borderie Bayeux is found in an odd place – under “other product” then go to “wool” and you will find it. Flax is an annual plant, which means it only lives for one growing season. Linen is a textile made from hairs of the flax plant. Property Paper Canvas Linen PHYSICAL D792 Density (lb/in³) (g/cm³) 0.049 1.35 0.050 1.37 0.048 1.34 D570 Water Absorption, 24 hrs (%) 2.0 2.5 1.8 MECHANICAL D638 Tensile Strength (psi) -lengthwise -crosswise 15,000 12,000 11,000 9,000 13,000 9,000 D790 Flexural Strength (psi)-lengthwise -crosswise 16,000 13,200 17,500 15,000 22,000 16,000 I know it’s produced in Europe but I don’t know where or by whom and I WILL NOT pay export duty twice – once when the linen is imported to the USA and then again when I order it and must pay duty when it comes back into the EU. But the GSM and cover factor also depend on the thread density. 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. (Fäden=thread in German), If I was purchasing that same linen in the USA it would say “40 count linen” on the label. Hi Sarah, The strength is greater than cotton fiber. You are -as is often the case – one step ahead of me! Let’s talk about linen. While evidence is scant from prehistoric times, it appears that Neolithic peoples in Europe were making textiles from linen as long as 36,000 years ago.Therefore, linen is one of the longest-produced textiles, and its history may stretch back even farther than the most ancient evidence that modern archaeology has uncovered. 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 It has an elongation at break of 2.7 to 3.5 %. Kathy. Some vendors only deal wholesale, stores sell linen but dont disclose the vendor, thread count etc. That’s set me thinking!! Grrrr 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. Linen varies from a creamy white to greyish brown, the depth of colour depending largely on the time and condition of retting.
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