Two things I love: floche and fabric. Specifically, cotton floche and linen fabric.
I’ve been dabbling with some little designs embroidered with floche – nothing large or extravagant or hugely time consuming – and using the opportunity, while dabbling, to try some fabrics I haven’t used before.
I’m a sucker, it’s true, for good embroidery linen, so it’s not like it’s a painful thing for me to play around, trying out different little pieces of linen. I could do this until the cows come home and then leave again. I’d be perfectly content.
I’ve written about cotton floche before. Many, many times, actually – so I’ve included some links below, if you want to explore the thread further.
If you’re not familiar with cotton floche and you like general surface embroidery, you should consider trying it out. Especially if you like satin stitching, traditional monogramming, soft shading, and the like, you and floche could end up being BFFs.
My niece informs me that BFF means Best Friends Forever. I’m glad she told me. I would have puzzled over it F (as in, Forever). I tried to convince her that words are much more powerful tools than individual letters, but she wasn’t buying it. SUOD. (See how ridiculous? OCYD!)
Anyway, floche. If you haven’t tried it, consider it. Links below!
The linen, though. Let’s talk about that. This particular linen is a Legacy Linen from Access Commodities. It’s an embroidery linen – for surface embroidery, not counted work (though it would work well for drawn thread work).
It’s called Pussywillow Gray, and it’s 71″ wide, so when you buy a fat quarter of it, you’re getting quite a good chunk of very good linen for the price.
And it’s…. ahhhh. It’s a nice linen!
It’s not actually gray-gray. It’s a soft natural color, with maybe just a hint of gray-ishness that separates it from the more golden naturals.
It’s got a full weave that supports surface embroidery stitches well. While it isn’t an even weave, the warp and weft threads in the weave are fairly evenly distributed and plump. They fill the weave. There are no big gaps between threads, due to occasionally excessively thin threads or anything like that. The fabric has a great hand – that is, the feel of the surface when you run your hand over it is quite nice. It’s not scratchy or slubby or anything like that.
Pussywillow Gray would make a great ground fabric for white embroidery. (I love white-on-natural!) And I could also see it used very effectively as a ground fabric for crewel embroidery.
So, if you’re looking for a really nice natural ground fabric for surface embroidery, I thought I’d let you know about this one. It’s a keeper.
My next floche experiment will be on this fabric, in whites. I can’t wait to play! I’ll share more little snippets with you as they develop.
Information on Floche
If you’re looking for further reading on floche, you might enjoy these articles:
Cotton Floche vs. Coton a Broder – Up Close
Cotton Floche vs. Danish Flower Thread
Thread Comparisons: Floche, Perle, and Stranded Cotton
Sources for Pussywillow Gray Linen
If you’re lucky enough to have a local needlework shop that serves up goods for surface embroidery, check with them first. If they carry any goods from Access Commodities, they’ll be able to special order the linen for you.
Since most of us aren’t in that situation, though, you can find the Pussywillow Gray embroidery linen through the following shops online:
Needle in a Haystack carries it on their website right now, and sells it in different cuts. You can also special order specific cuts. If you scroll down on that page, you can use the search feature to find the fabric.
You can find a list of retailers who carry embroidery supplies from Access Commodities here. Maybe you’ll find a shop close by!
Floche can be ordered online through Lacis and through Vaune.
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