Wednesday, June 03, 2009

If you haven't seen this beautiful sampler

appearing all over blogland I'd be very surprised.

My question is - have you ever stitched on the recommended fabric - Permin Lambswool? Is it a nice fabric to use?

After my flopsy linen experience the other day, I want to be sure if I start this huge sampler that I at least am not going to get annoyed at the fabric.

Thanks in advance for your help!

And seriously, if you really haven't seen this sampler anywhere in blogland yet you can check it out over here at Needleprint.


karenv said...

I'm probably a bit biased, but I'm not keen at all on Permin fabrics. They're stiffer and scratchier than Zweigart-based fabrics and I personally don't like stitching on them (although I know plenty of other people would disagree). Didn't Jacqueline also recommend Zweigart's Antique Ivory? If you like regular Zweigart fabrics, I would go with that, or see if you can get hold of a small bit of the Permin to test out first.

Suzanne said...

The Permin Lambswool I used is a very open kind of weave and quite a stiff fabric. It was easy enough to stitch on, although I found the fabric did warp a little. Personally, it's not my favourite fabric to stitch on.

PaulineD said...

I haven't stitched on Permin before. For this little number I'm using some 28ct cream evenweave that I've already got that is big enough. Personally, I usually stitch on fabric that I like if its a standard sort of colour like cream, off white etc. rather than use the suggested fabric. If its a particular colour, like pearl grey etc then I will buy that, but usually draw from my stash for basic colurs.

That's the beauty of stitching, you can personalise it with your fabric and floss!

Kathy A. said...

Wow, that is some sampler. Thanks for the heads up.
Not a big fan of Permin either. Way too stiff!

The Scarlett House said...

I'd have to agree with everyone else who's commented. I'd make sure I like the fabric before I took on a big project like this. I have a preference for Lakeside Linen.

lena-lou said...

Hi, I read your blog from time to time but do not usually comment.

I am this time as I have to say I LOVE Permin linen especially Lambswool, it has to be one of my favourites !! I love the firmness of it and the way the stitches sit on it. I would agree that it is rather scratchy in one sense and do not think it would be the first choice linen for stitchers who like to stitch in hand. However if you like stitching with a frame , really taut - I think the stitching result looks beautifully neat and smooth. It does not seem to stretch so much as Zweigart linen IMHO but it is no where near as soft to touch, this can be solved by a pre-wash before stitching.

Enjoy getting your supplies together for this project and whatever linen you choose it will be lovely :)

Daniela said...

Wow, I love this sampler. Thank you so much for writing about it and giving a link to its source. I guess I'm off for fabric search as well now.

Cindy F. said...

I'm using what I have in my stash..Zweigart 32ct. Lambswool.
It's stiff enough and I'm already stitching on it...1 over 1.
Never used Permin before, but I know one lady in the UK told me she LOVES it. Good luck choosing:)

Cheryl said...

I think im going to stitch this one too - isnt it just lovely?! No idea about fabric etc yet

shakatak66 said...

I'm one of those crazy people who adore Permin linens - as I use a frame (either Qsnaps or scrollbars) I love the taut stiffness of the fabric, and for me it never needs ironing at the end of stitching (and I'm allergic to ironing LOL) ... if you stitch in hand, though, I'd probably not recommend it, as it is very 'stiff' and not nice to handle. Look forward to seeing your progress on this SAL :)