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Non-evenweave linen

Hi,
I found a very beautiful free Mountmellick project that I will probably attempt in the not too far future: http://gobleni.info.bg/Weihler/Polezno/ ... bodove.pdf
The project has excellent instructions and more stitch diagrams than are called for in the project. It is quite a find! However, it calls for non-evenweave linen and I'm not sure where to find that. I have not found any linen source that specifies non-evenweave.
Can anyone help?
Thank you,
Doris H H
DorisHH
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Re: Non-evenweave linen

Hi, Doris - This looks like a really nice project!

Mountmellick embroidery is usually done on what is called white cotton sateen (or cotton jean). It's a white cotton fabric with a satin weave, and one side of it has a sheen to it. The Mountmellick threads are non-mercerized, so they don't have any sheen to them, and this contrast between the sheen of the fabric and the dull threads (plus the textured nature of the stitching and the subject of the stitching - generally flowers, berries, etc.) is what marks Mountmellick embroidery as Mountmellick embroidery. DMC threads, because they are mercerized, are not normally used in Mountmellick embroidery.

So if you really want to make the project into a piece of "authentic" Mountmellick embroidery, you might consider switching to cotton sateen fabric and Mountmellick threads. Mountmellick threads are a little harder to find than DMC. They are available through Lacis (http://www.lacis.com), and you can also find them through Tanja Berlin's website (in Canada) right here: http://www.berlinembroidery.com/threads.htm#threads and you can also find them through Yvette Stanton's website (Australia) here: http://www.vettycreations.com.au/mesupp ... ick-thread. All three of these websites also sell cotton sateen fabric for Mountmellick embroidery.

But if you want to follow the directions as they are written, the piece will still be really beautiful, and a great project for working lots of types of stitches. And the threads are definitely easier to come by. You can find plain weave linen for needlework through various sources. I generally order needlework linen through Hedgehog Handworks. Alabaster Angel, Alba Maxima, and Ecclesiastical Linen are all suitable: http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com/catalo ... Fabric.php The ecclesiastical linen has the "smoothest" hand, and is the finer of the three linens. Alba Maxima and Alabaster Angel are sturdy linens that would work well with this type of embroidery.

Hope that helps a little bit!

~MC
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Re: Non-evenweave linen

Dear Mary,
Thank you for your quick reply. I had just never heard of the non-evenweave linen. I thought all linen was evenweave, I guess! I appreciate all the information and the sources you mention.
I was surprised that the project used shiny threads and non-shiny cloth as well, since I had learned about authentic Mountmellick embroidery on your site. This is not a utilitarian piece, so maybe it would be okay not to go authentic. I also don't know how the sateen would look on a padded mat. I'll have to think about that.
I want to make it for a friend's daughter--they're Irish and live there. (Kind of nervy of me, right?) They are not familiar with embroider in general and were curious when I mentioned Mountmellick on their recent visit to see me here in Florida. The work will be my way of honoring their heritage--and I hope the Lord helps me do a good job!
Again, thank you for all you do.
Doris HH
DorisHH
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Re: Non-evenweave linen

I think it sounds like a great idea, Doris! And I don't much like the idea of the cotton sateen on a padded mat, either. The project will look great on linen! Send pictures if you ever get a chance - would love to see it!
~MC
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