SHIPPING DATE & BRISTOL SHOP ALERT: Orders placed on the 30th of November until 7th of December will be posted on the 8th of December. Our 19.00 silk stock drop is back today 1/12. For the Bristol shop, instead of 1/12 opening, we moved it forward to the 9th of December due to illness. We're really sorry about this as we looked forward to meeting everyone. Exhibition dates to be confirmed soon. Thank you so much for your understanding!

Collection: Single skeins

We currently stock four weights of vintage linen threads: 

16/2 
The most common thread used in mid century linen embroidery. We stock five brands of 1940's to 1990's threads, around 300 colours. 
 Each skein of the vintage 16/2 thread is 14m long, apart from Knox's which is 18-20 meter long. All threads have been neatly stored in boxes in dry environments since they were produced, still strong and as new. This thread is spun quite firmly and should be used as it is, not split.
A little bit of beeswax will help protect the thread.
40 to 50 cm is good length to work with, and the needles to use for all weights are chenille's: 20, 22 or 24. We buy ours from John James: 
https://www.jjneedles.com/


25/4 Hemstitch yarn: this thread is 4-stranded. Use singly (10m) or separate into 1-4 strands. In the 60's it was common to mix one or three strands of this thread together with 16/2 in embroidery kits, it helped create interesting textures.  This versatile thread (which is also great for bookbinding) has not been produced since the 1960's and cannot be found easily anymore. 
We still have around 40 colours in stock. 

40/2 HV thread: a very fine linen thread that has been made and used since the 1950's. The colour range is very limited and we buy all vintage stock we can find. The age of the thread ranges from 1960's to contemporary, please check each listing for more details. Each skein is 30 to 35+ m. 

35/3 Lace thread
Eva by Marks and Knyppelgarn by Nordiska were made for lace making and embroidery, they are both very rare today. 
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  • Nordiska 1960's linen 25/4
    Nordiska 1960's linen 25/4
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    £2.50
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    £2.50
  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.50
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    £3.50
  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.50
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    £3.50
  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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    £2.50
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    £2.50
  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.50
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    £2.50
  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.00
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    £2.00
  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.50
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    £3.50
  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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    £2.50
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    £2.50
  • HV-linen No. 15 Acid Yellow/Green 40/2
    HV-linen No. 15 Acid Yellow/Green 40/2
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    £3.50
  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.50
  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.50
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    £2.50
  • Nordiska 1960's linen 25/4
    Nordiska 1960's linen 25/4
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.50
  • HV-linen No. 3 Grey 40/2
    HV-linen No. 3 Grey 40/2
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  • HV-linen No. 28 40/2
    HV-linen No. 28  40/2
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  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 Lavender & Lilac
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 Lavender & Lilac
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    £2.50
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    £2.50
  • Dark Brown #1233 Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Dark Brown #1233 Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.50
  • Swedish linen embroidery thread 16/2
    Swedish linen embroidery thread 16/2
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    £2.00
  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 #558
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 #558
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  • HV-linen No. 49 Fuchsia Pink 40/2
    HV-linen No. 49 Fuchsia Pink 40/2
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  • Treasure Box #9
    Treasure Box #9
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  • HV-linen No. 17 Pale Yellow 40/2
    HV-linen No. 17 Pale Yellow 40/2
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    Treasure Box #7
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  • HV-linen No. 24 Pale Pink 40/2
    HV-linen No. 24 Pale Pink 40/2
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    £3.50