I think I may have made a mistake. (Shock! Horror!) This is a fabric mistake, and actually, it’s not very surprising. I tend to make mistakes, and I tend to especially make mistakes when I settle for one thing, knowing deep down I should just waaaaaiiiiiit. This is the problem: I received an order of fabric today!
Receiving a fabric order isn’t the worst problem in the world. In fact, I was happy to see the package arrive! But it had this fabric in it – this 36 count natural Edinburgh linen, which is exackitackily the color I wanted to work my whitework sampler on.
Now do you see the problem?
Let me show you the difference…
The linen I’m presently using is a 32 count Belfast linen in flax (that’s the color). The new linen I recently ordered is 36 count Edinburgh linen in natural. It’s the top linen in the photo above.
The natural Edinburgh linen is definitely darker than the flax Belfast linen, and it’s the color I had in mind when I set about contemplating the whitework sampler. But, see, I had the Belfast linen. And I didn’t know what the difference would be in the two colors – I actually thought the natural would be lighter. But in my head, the color I wanted was the color that arrived this morning!
Now, you may be tempted to ask what the heck? What’s the big difference? And, to a degree, you’re right. But there are some pros and cons to switching fabrics…
The advantages of switching to the darker fabric:
1. Better photos – it’ll be much easier to see the white threads and the patterns they form, etc., on the darker fabric.
2. Higher count and smoother hand – the Edinburgh linen seems to have a smoother hand, and it definitely has a higher count thread, which is good for non-counted, non-drawn-thread whitework techniques, such as regular surface embroidery. The higher the count, the easier (I think) it is to work trailing designs, satin stitching, and so forth.
The disadvantages of switching:
1. OHHHH – it’s SWITCHING!!! I probably don’t need to explain this one!! I’ve already made some progress, I’d have to rinse and iron and re-frame the fabric… you know the drill. Argh! We could almost include wasting the other fabric in here, but I don’t really consider it a waste, and it isn’t that much fabric. UGH! The set-up of a project is not my favorite part, needless to say!
2. The higher thread count also poses a con, when working drawn thread techniques. It’s just downright easier to do drawn thread work on a lower count fabric. Also, in the Ukranian drawn thread stuff, I wonder if 36 count might be a wee bit too high? I’ll have to contact Yvette on that one….
So —- HELP!!!
Whadyareckon? What are your thoughts? What should I do?
To switch, or not to switch – that is the question!
Whether ’tis nobler to suffer with discontent of color,
Or to take scissors against this framed-up pale stuff,
And by cutting and unframing, end it?