Initially the illustrious Laine Saint-Pierre darning wool was from Lyon. It was bought out by Maison Vrau in Lille in 1971. It belongs now to Ets Toulemonde, also owners of the Fil Au Chinois brand. The 1847 Collection marks a revival for this product: the cards and packaging were re-designed by Frédérique Crestin-Billet with their original look. The name is a reference to the year the brand Fil Au Chinois was registered New colours were dyed to offer a permanent range, notably for use in traditional embroidery and cross stitch.
I had the privilege of designing the current Laine Saint-Pierre cards. I was inspired by vintage models, whilst keeping in mind modern-day requirements. In days gone by, Laine Saint-Pierre was often sold on large separable cards, so haberdashers could just sell the required quantity.
Today, Laine Saint-Pierre is still popular for darning, but also for embroidery.
Made of half wool and half polyamide, Laine Saint-Pierre is very solid and easy to wash. The four strands can be separated, so it can be used in embroidery for a lovely matt result in contrast to our Retors du Nord thread. You will find cross stitch models to embroider with a Laine Saint-Pierre card in our red Sajou album n°909.
As with all our sewing threads, we offer display units which will look great in any embroiderers workroom. These displays have hooks and have been conceived for all our cards, Laine Saint-Pierre, Retors du Nord, Tonkin as well as all our ribbon cards. They are also sold empty in our shop furniture section.
For large or professional projects, Laine Saint-Pierre is also available in 1 000m cones. Attention: they are available on order, delivery times can vary according to colours and quantities. For rugs or solid tapestries, Laine Saint-Pierre gives great results using six strands on a monofil 5,2 count canvas.