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« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2008 04:49:08 PM »

My DMC on linen bleed like nobody's business. I only use DMC too so I was really surprised.
I'm glad to know this because I was just thinking of getting some lined and stitching on it to see how it is as fancy-pants hand towels.  Huh  What do you think is best to use with linen fabric?  Do they sell linen embroidery floss?
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« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2008 06:55:25 PM »

I'm not sure. I think I am going to try it again and see if it was the material or maybe just a bad batch.
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« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2008 08:55:11 PM »

I remember many years ago (before some of you were born) I used to buy the striped edge towels and sometimes I got them with a stamped pattern or else I would buy transfers and iron them on myself.  I still have some iron-ons, but I'm not sure how well they'll transfer after all these years.  My sister still has one of my towels that she salvaged from my mother's stuff.

I love those stripe edge towels. They reproduce them now. I bought some of the yardage online.

Also the dollar store has towels sometimes very suitable for embroidery. Once washed and machine dried the weave tightens up and they work really well.

I embroidered this on a dollar store towel.
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« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2008 08:14:47 AM »

Be careful when you buy certain tea towels. Some of them are pretty cheaply made and your stitching will look "loose" or pucker. Check out the weave and make sure it is tight. I bought some from Target and they were horrible.

uh-oh. are these the 30x30 6-pack?
i was going to use these for a swap i'm in, but now i'm not so sure...
and they were crazy wrinkly after i washed them!

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« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2008 08:22:36 AM »

I can't remember. I think they were in a 3 pack. It was a few years ago. I remember they were called "flour sack" towels.
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« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2008 09:01:20 AM »

I bought a pack at Target but I havent used them yet..

are you folks using stabilizer..
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I'm glad to know this because I was just thinking of getting some lined and stitching on it to see how it is as fancy-pants hand towels.  Huh  What do you think is best to use with linen fabric?  Do they sell linen embroidery floss?

Yes, DMC has a linen floss line. There are 24 rather muted colors (from what I've seen). I'd never heard of the cotton floss running with linen, I'm so surprised.
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« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2008 09:10:24 AM »

I bought a pack at Target but I havent used them yet..

are you folks using stabilizer..


I didn't at first but with those I probably would now. I think it would work out fine if you used some sort of stablizer behind it.
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« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2008 12:07:55 PM »

I never use stabilizer.  I just rely on my hoop.  I usually prewash my fabric before stitching it.
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