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Currently I am offering two hard-to-find high quality ground fabrics for use in making 17th century caskets and mirror frames.
Old White 40 Count Linen
This ground fabric is a nice 40 count linen that is equally good for embroidering upon as well as doing counted work. Great as a ground for stumpwork mirrors and caskets as you can switch between the techniques. The piece being offered is a half yard (36 x 36") which is large enough for a full casket or a full fancy or door mirror with some left over for stumpwork stitch trials. This is the linen that I am currently using for the mirror project shown in the COC Part 2 - Stumpwork Course and for the stitch samples.
Sunflower Seed 30 ct Linen
This linen is the same natural color as the Montrose linen but is 30 count and a similar hand. It is the new substitution for the now sold out Montrose linen (but a different count - so no graphs I have will work). But it will make a wonderful ground for anyone who wants to trace a design and work it counted. It is sold in 1/2 yard pieces (35" x 36").
Montrose 1750 Linen (Sold Out)
The first, Montrose 1750 Linen is a counted, natural linen that is tightly woven. Tightly woven linen is important so that the glue that will be used to attach the embroidery to the box doesn't weep through to the front of the embroidery. Montrose 1750 Linen is approximately 24-count linen. It is sold in 1/2 yard pieces (35.5" x 36"). This linen is appropriate for caskets worked in tent stitch, queen stitch and other counted techniques. Because of the tight weave,the entire ground does not have to be covered.
If you have a 1/2 yard of Montrose 24 ct. linen and want to do the Five Senses design for the stitch along, this gives you access to all the graphs - for any of the three types of caskets (Double Casket, Flat Casket with Doors and Flat Casket).
Your user/password will be activated for the graphs folder. The graphs for each side are presented in order of the casket stitch along. A full graph and then close up graphs in color with symbols superimposed as well as only symbols are included.
At this point, three friezes of the double casket (Jan-March 2017) are posted with the lid (Jan-April 2017) for the flat caskets coming by Jan 1st for the stitch along start. New graphs for sides will be announced via the stitch along group on Ning as they are posted and will be accessible with your user/password.
I changed my mind and will be providing graphs for the complete set of three caskets, all sides.
Some people are using the graphs as a basis for the color choices and tracing the design onto another count of linen, that is ok too.
A useful set of needles for working on your casket, when you are doing such a big project, you go through needles!
#10 Milliners (goes through silk purl)
Included is a Micron pen in dark brown ink for tracing on fabrics