Apr 21, 2013

For the online linen buyer

Greetings! 
 Looks good, huh?  I got it close enough, it doesn't have the hand-dyed variations or the stiffness of my original, but for small projects it's perfect.  This is an unbleached that I dyed because I am afraid to mess with the newest pieces.  They are already hand-dyed and not to be wet, so I may ruin it all by trying to dip in my colors.  I'm not sure what the plan will be for the last piece since its hand is too soft for me.  It's a beautiful fabric for sure, but I need to think about it.  I have many R&R hand-dyed colors and all are 30 count and fairly stiff, so I was puzzled by this softness and sheen.  If I would have printed out this information from Needle in a Haystack, I would have know.  But then again, I think I did and just don't know where it is. 
This information lists fabrics and their available counts, and what companies use which manufacturers for specific linens.  A great help to me because I can see which linen maker is used by each hand-dyed vendor.  The 28 count Rook I just received is very different in feel from the 30 count and checking this chart, I see that the two counts are from different companies.  The 28 count hand-dyed R&R is from Zweigart, and their 30 count is Northern Cross.  Since each has their own characteristics this explains why one is softer, and their base color would be different also.  This page lists the standard cut dimensions and the characteristics of the different linens.  Reading this told me which linen is soft, stiff, fine thread vs. thick, and really helps those of us ordering online that would like to know the hand of the linen.   I'm remembering now that I posted this once so I must have copies somewhere.  I'll print again and this time store the info in my floss box lid.  Sorry if I'm repeating repeating myself!
 
That's all I have this morning.  I already broke up two cat fights and my warrior ended up with a bunch of hair in his mouth, so I'm assuming he bit her really hard.  Honestly, I thought neutering would alleviate this but it hasn't at all.  He needs a pill.  Or maybe some soy milk for a little estrogen.  I can't get near this new cat and believe she is pregnant, or a fat male that someone dropped off.  Whatever, it does NOT want to fight, just eat, so I hid a dish in the woods which the crows are devouring.  I can't win!  My brother's little solid black is getting fixed in two weeks but we can't find a home for her or an agency to take her.  As all areas, they are beyond capacity.
Enjoy your Sunday, stay safe, and thanks for visiting.
 
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10 comments:

moosecraft said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to post all of this info. I don't have any needlework shops near me that sell linens... so this info will be very helpful! (and cost effective lol!) I did order a linen one time that was so stiff it would not stay in a hoop... other linen was so soft and stretchy that I gave it away. I think it's the belfast linen that seems to be pretty good all around... if you don't mind dyeing things yourself to get color variations. Funny thing is last night I was watching "Cats from He**" on TLC (I think) it's a show that teaches people why cats do the aggressive stuff they do... sometimes, it is just being outside and feeling threatened that makes them so aggressive (even thought the other cat is not a fighter)... that's what I learned just last night on that show anyways... interesting stuff... here I thought all cats were cute, fuzzy and cuddly... lol ;-)

Margaret said...

Yes, Zweigart and Wichelt (which I think Northern Cross uses?) are very different fabrics and give very different feels. Also the Zweigart is denser. I personally like Zweigart based fabrics, which is why I like Lakeside Linens and Picture This Plus linens. I think R&R uses Zweigart at times too and just varies between the two base linens.

backporchcarver said...

Oh my, you are a life saver. I am going to spend my sunday afternoon doing some interesting reading thanks to you. Looks like great info, especially to those of us who have to do all our shopping on line.Another helpful thing, especially for the beginner whould be peoples favorite web sites for supplies. I have a few that I go to but I bet there is a lot of others that I am missing too.Thanks again, hope you have a great sunday.

Vickie said...

Oh man! Just what you need now hungry crows!! My mom caught one sickly stray, he went off to the humane society, and yes to be euthanized. They are trying to find the kittens still.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Good thing that there are different manufacturers of linen. I prefer the softer Zweigart linens and Lakeside Linen is my linen of choice. I'm currently working on a project that uses Wichelt linen and at times I think I'll injure myself trying to work with this linen in hand. The edges of the linen are so sharp. I hoping it will soften up as a stitch and manipulate it more.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
You always share so much useful information and for that I say thanks, but probably when I need it, I won't have a clue where I read it or where I may have saved it.
Happy Sunday from chilly but sunny Ohio.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

Thanks so much for the information on linens. They really can be so different so this is great information.

Robin said...

Thanks for the fabric info! I like your dyed version of the Rook fabric!

Robin in Virginia

Carol said...

Very helpful and useful list on the various fabrics, Marly--thanks for sharing the link! Your dyed fabric turned out great!

Sure hope a new owner for the black kitty turns up--I keep trying to persuade my middle son to take him...

Shirlee said...

You did a great job with the dyeing. One of your many talents : ) Thank you for the fabric info. I have bookmarked it. Let's hope I can remember where I put it. Who am I kidding ... let's hope I remember I have it!

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