Greetings folks. February. Won't be long until we start seeing flowers at the garden centers.
I happened to spot something by accident today and it led to Hands on Designs' website. You're probably already familiar with the new series of ornaments she featured this past December called 12 Days. (The photo is from the website). The linen is Aztec Red gingham from WeeksDW. How did I miss this? So I searched and searched, found some on Ebay and ordered a piece.
Then I got confused. After searching for more info, I saw the supplies on Needlecraft Corner and their linen states 32 count. ??? I always thought the Weeks gingham was only 28 count. Too late, already ordered. I would have preferred the 32, if it's available. EDIT-their error, it's 28.
You can read more about this series here http://handsondesign.biz/12-days-hands-on-style/.
While ordering the gingham, I tried to remember the difference between Zweigart and Wichelt so I don't order a linen that I am unhappy with. Again. I always thought Zweigart was mentioned as a coarse/stiff linen, but read that it is soft. Wichelt has more sizing and stiffness. But. Although stiffer, the threads are thinner and the linen more sheer. Zweigart is softer but the threads are thicker, less sheer. So what the hell? I can't get thick and stiff in one? My unbleached yardage is thick, and stiff, and coarse, so maybe the natural/raw fabric has those qualities but not those that are bleached and dyed. I don't know. The last piece I purchased is a fabulous color from Wichelt, but it's soft, slippery, and shiny. I hate shiny linen. So if I rinse it, will the sizing be removed taking the sheen with it? Probably be even more soft and limp after. I give up. Since I bought quite a bit of WDW recently, I will be using it for smalls. It's too soft for me but it has a matte finish which is a plus. Has anyone tried a spray starch on it? I have an old can and it didn't work very well, maybe there is a brand or product that will add body?
That's all I got. Confusion. Nothing new.
Have a good day.