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Je me suis procuré un fil de lin de marque Goldchild 100/3 mais il manque d’être suffisamment lisse et uniforme. Il a des imperfections que je qualifierais de rustiques. On me dit qu’il en est de même avec le fil Fresia et de tout autre fil de lin. S’il vous plaît, j’aimerais avoir autres opinions. Qu’en pensez-vous? Existe-t-il de nos jours un fil de lin suffisamment lisse pour des travaux fins comme la dentelle d'Alençon par exemple? Merci à tous.
I bought a brand linen thread Goldchild 100/3 but it fails to be sufficiently smooth and uniform. It has imperfections that I would describe as rustic. The salor told me it is the same with the Fresia and all the others linen thread. Please, I would like to have other opinions. What about you? Are there nowadays a sufficiently smooth linen thread for fine work like Alençon lace by example? Thank you all.
I find really frustrating the fact that linen threads are not manufactured these days in the thickness we need. I was just wondering if we all (interested people here) could organize as a group in order to request a special manufactured order from any of the producers. Maybe if we were a big enough group with the money on the table, we could try convincing any of them... Toughts and ideas regarding this are welcome. I can't stand this anymore! I would like to create some Alençon lace but whith the available thicknesses of linen threads, it results impossible to obtain the wonderful contrast in the piece between a crystal like background and the elements laid over it. What do you think?
In case you are interested, please post: thee thrrads thicknesses you would like to buy, and up to how much could you pay for 1000 metets of each one. Thanks in advance.
I found this, and in my opinion even we find very very fine threads, it would be too hard for work, because my eyes are not going well. I wondering how did they see in that time, 200 years ago, and there wasn´t magnifier?!
I searched "lin pour dentelles", or "fil a dentelles ancienne", thats in French, and there are showed old threads from UK and USA, also. But have to be patient, sometimes there is no one offered. Good luck!
Verónica Castro said:
Oh they look gorgeous! I'm glad for you! I will try to find something similar. Do you happen to remember the link on eBay where you bought them from?
Back in the 1980s there was a brief time, of just 2 or 3 years, when linen threads in sizes 120/2 and 140/2 were manufactured. But after that initial batch was sold there has been no more. I understood it to be a problem with the linen plants not producing fine enough tubes, or the manufacturing methods not working well with the quality of linen fiber that was available. The 140/2 was comparable to DMC Retors 50/2 (a cotton which is also no longer available).
Carolyn's explanation of Feb 6 this year was quite interesting.