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We carry an extensive assortment of fabrics in our well stocked linen cabinets. While we might not have every count in every color in stock, we are happy to special order most fabric if we don't have what you need. You can see what's available via our searchable fabric catalog.

If you'd like to read our Hand-Dyed Fabrics Primer - Dyeing, Washing and general Fabric Content we have a special collection of newsletter articles combined into one article for your reading pleasure.

In most cases our fabric is not pre-cut and we sell fabric in the following cuts. While fabric widths vary by vendor and type of fabric, these are the most common examples.

Fabric Cut Dimensions 42" width 54" width 72" width 
Stitcher's 1/8 18" x quarter the fabric width 18" x 10.5" 18" x 13.5" 18" x 18"
Stitcher's 1/4 18" x half the fabric width 18" x 21" 18" x 27" 18" x 36"
Stitcher's 1/2 36" x half the fabric width 36" x 21" 36" x 27" 36" x 36"
Stitcher's yard 72" x half the fabric width 72" x 21" 72" x 27" 72" x 36"
Regular 1/2 yard 18" x fabric width 18" x 42" 18" x 54" 18" x 72"
Regular yard 36" x fabric width 36" x 42" 36" x 54" 36" x 72"

We occasionally have pre-cut pieces for some designs where the size is unusual (e.g. 54" long by 7" wide) as well as for the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue projects. Some fabrics come in odd widths so they will have different cuts than those listed above. Usually the online catalog will have the details, but you are always welcome to confirm the physical size of a cut with it when you order. All fabric can be clean-finished free of charge on our serger so you are able to start stitching right away!

For your convenience, we've put together an Industry Fabric List of common fabrics, their manufacturer, count and fiber content. It was updated in 2011, adding new fabrics and removing discontinued ones. If you're looking for the fiber content of an older fabric we have archived our 2002 Fabric List and 2004 Fabric List which contain some of the older fabrics. This is a reference document you're welcome to pass on to friends.

If you're not sure how to calculate your fabric requirements for a project you might want to print the Fabric Calculation Guide, which gives you the math formulas for doing this yourself. If you're not sure what you need you can always let us know the stitch count for your project and we can do the math.

The documents above are in Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) format and you can either view them on the screen, or print them. If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your system, click on the button below to download it from the Adobe web site (we recommend version 4.0 or higher).

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Terminology

Aida and Aida Weaves (e.g. Tula) are woven so there are "blocks" in the fabric. With these fabrics you stitch over 1 block. Aida is generally made from cotton and the Aida Weaves from other fibers.

The real meaning of "evenweave" is a fabric where the warp and weft are the same count. So any 28 count fabric, whether it's linen, cotton or something else is an even-weave as long as it's 28 count in both directions. There are almost no uneven-weaves on the market these days, as they are no longer being produced. However, "evenweave" has generally come to mean fabrics like Lugana, Jobelan and others where the diameter of the fabric threads are consistent. In this case "even" is taken to mean "consistent".

Many of our embroidery linens (linen twill, ecclesiastical linen, Cambric, etc.) are not counted fabrics and are best used for techniques like embroidery, gold work, crewel work, shadow work, etc.

Linen & Linen blends

Many customers ask about the differences between the various types of linen on the market. Two of the most common linen manufacturers or distributors are Zweigart and Wichelt Imports (Permin). Zweigart linen has a soft hand and the fabric threads are plump, making the fabric fairly opaque. Wichelt (Permin) linen tends to be somewhat stiff and the fabric threads have more of a thick/thin quality making its appearance more sheer. The exception to this is Wichelt's Country French Linen collection which has a softer hand. The are some common colors between these two lines (e.g. White, Antique White, Cream/Ivory, Raw/Natural) although there are many colors that are only found in one or the other.

Northern Cross (Belgian linen) is a slightly stiff linen with somewhat flat fabric threads and works fine for dimensional projects (it can be used as a substitute for Brussels linen which we can no longer obtain). Weeks Dye Works linen is hand-dyed Northern Cross for their 30 and 35 count.

Lakeside Linens, Linens By Design (aka Birds of a Feather), Crossed-Wing Collection, Picture This Plus and Weeks Dye Works are all hand-dyed or hand-painted fabrics. These dyers use linen from one of the linen producers to dye - they do not make their own linens.

Legacy linen and Graziano (an Italian linen) both have a soft hand with very plump fabric threads and are excellent choices for table linens.

Selecting a fabric will look these up in our fabric database and show you what we normally stock. If we are out of a fabric we can usually reorder it, although in some cases the vendor has discontinued the fabric so we might need to find you a substitute. Visit our online catalog Fabric page for information on ordering times for most fabrics.

Evenweaves

Most of the "evenweaves" on the market are made from cotton or some mix of cotton and another fiber. What distinguishes them from linen in particular is their fabric threads uniform in diameter. This is generally a by-product of them being made from cotton. Fabric Flair produces evenweaves in 20, 25, 28, 32 & 36 (they are the only ones who produce a 36 count). They are 100% cotton except for the 28 count which is 50% cotton/50% Modal/Rayon). Jazlyn & Lugana (Zweigart) are 52% Cotton/48% Rayon. Jobelan (Wichelt) is 51% Cotton/49% Rayon).
 
Embroidery Fabrics

We also carry a number of non-counted fabrics for surface embroidery. If you are in search of a good fabric for tablecloths we carry a pre-shrunk 96" wide cotton/linen blend by Ulster Linen or Legacy Linens Sesame Seed comes usually 95-108" wide. Other embroidery fabrics include Kingston Linen, several Legacy Linens (e.g. Sesame Seed, Cambric, Ecclesistcial) and linen twill by Ulster Linen, Legacy Linens and The Crewel Work Company.

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Linen, Linenband & Linen Blends

Evenweave fabrics (other than linen)

  • Evenweaves in 28 (50% cotton/50% Modal), 32 and 36  (100% cotton) count from Fabric Flair
  • Jazlyn (28 count, 52% Cotton/48% Rayon) by Zweigart
  • Jobelan (25, 28 & 32 count - 51% Cotton/49% Rayon) by Wichelt
  • Lugana (20, 25, 28 & 32 count - 52% Cotton/48% Rayon) by Zweigart
  • Afghan and other specialty fabrics including fabric band (most by special order)

Embroidery fabrics

Wool, Canvas, Silk Gauze & Other fabrics

Pre-finished items

  • Hand towels, Linen handkerchiefs and a few other goodies. Many other items available by special order.

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