Aug 7, 2016

Thank you Lynda!

She hit the nail on the head.  She asked "is the fabric the right way up?".  Being upside down and sideways myself, I had no idea.  So I got out my trusty sewing gauge, and looky here.

Going horizontal, I have 29/30 count.

But going vertical, it's only 26.
233 stitches ÷ 13 would be 18" length.  That's still smaller than I would end up with, but explains the mystery.  But doesn't explain why the weave looks even while being 3 or 4 threads off per inch.
 
I started on another piece of linen that I dyed in that group of browns, and checked the count both ways before starting.  I should have enough and the colors I chose should be fine.  The linen is warmer and happier than the crabass I wanted but that's OK.  What will I do with this piece?  Wet it and throw it in the dryer.  Usually, it comes out smaller with a tighter weave, maybe it will correct this.  Maybe I caused it when dyeing.  Whatever, I would never have thought to check this had Lynda not mentioned it.  So thank you again!
 
Have a great day everyone.
 
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11 comments:

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Glad you got to the bottom of the mystery. I have some linen scrim which has 30 threads one way and 34 the other.

Nancy D. said...

So interesting! All of the variables that come into play...

Jacqueline said...

Hmmmm. Who knew. Glad she could helip you out.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I had no idea the threadcount could be different horizontally and vertically. So happy to hear the mystery has been solved.
Happy Sunday to you :)
Lauren

The Eveningstitcher said...

I'm so confused......but I really like your linen...

Ele said...

Now I know why some designs I stitched looked 'strange'. I checked the linen and the horizontal and vertical count are not alike!
Thanks for the tip

Truus said...

Never thought of this and so you are never too old to learn something new. Always count only one side of the linen.
Many happy stitches.
Greetings Truus from Holland

Vickie said...

Quite unfortunately I have had more than one experience with this!

Karen said...

OMG, I did not know this! Amazing information! Unless there is a selvedge how can one tell which is side is up and which side is the side?

Terri said...

Yay! I keep forgetting that there is so much unevenweave out there. I don't think I own any large pieces of it, thankfully, just small pieces for ornament sized designs.

Maggee said...

Gee whiz! What a fiasco... and I DO wonder if the dyeing process changes things... I tried tea dyeing an old inherited stitched piece for a friend, to cover some of the stains that did not come out with a washing, and it made no difference. Set in... :( I hope you are rolling along on that piece by now... was away with family. Hugs!

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