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.