All our embroidery fabrics are made in France. Our 12 count and 16 count per cm linens are reputed for their quality with a very even weave and just enough starch to make embroidering a pleasure. Some of our clients have even discovered the joy of embroidering on linen thanks to our fabrics.
In France, linen cultivation is one of the specialities of the Upper Normandy region. This plant is sown between March and April and needs about 100 days to reach 1 metre in height. The flowering in June is very short-lived: it flowers in the morning and withers in the afternoon. Mid-July, the whole flax plant is pulled up, including the roots and left to dry in the fields before threshing, to remove the seeds which will be planted for the next harvest. The stalks are left in the fields for a process known as retting, which literally means rotting, to separate the fibres.
These 14 x 14cm squares are available in all the colours in our range of 12 count embroidery linens. Let your imagination run wild and create all sorts of projects – plaids, cushions, bags, tablecloths… These are the same squares as found in our famous Chambord plaid kit.
Linen is one of the oldest fibres in the world. Cultivated in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs, it was used for garments, sails and fishing nets. Cultivated by the Gauls, it is thanks to Charlemagne that developments advanced, linen being one of the Royal harvests. It was in widespread use from the 11th century – a good example being the famous Bayeux Tapestry. By the 12th century, mass importation of cotton saw a decline in the use and cultivation of linen. It was not until after the Second World War, thanks to numerous technical developments, that there was a resurgence of interest for linen. This fibre is today considered as a material of the future with usage going far beyond textiles. Embroiderers, however, have never ceased to use this noble fabric to highlight the finesse of their work.
These 70cm square swatches are used for the large projects in our Museums and Heritage collection. The off-white corresponds to the Toile de Jouy kit, sand for the Bayeux Tapestry, Sajou blue for the Sajou 10th anniversary kit, cyclamen for the Tinctorial Plants, pearl grey for the Versailles pattern chart and pink for Marie-Antoinette.
Our 12 threads per cm (32 count) linen to embroider are available by the metre. The more you buy, the less you pay. Nearly 30 colours are available.
These checkered linens for embroidery have a width of 180cm, perfect for tablecloths, counterpanes and plaids. Use the squares for small motifs or let your imagination run wild. You can find inspiration in our Sajou Red albums – 902 and 903 for thread card motifs or 906 and 907 for gorgeous Renaissance style motifs.
It was Belgian farmers who reintroduced linen cultivation to France after the Second World War. They found the climate in the north of France favourable for this harvest. Flax flourishes in cool, damp environments and is not fond of temperatures exceeding 25 degrees. To embroider on 16 count linen, we recommend using just one strand of our Retors du Nord embroidery yarn. You can also obtain spectacular results using our Fil Au Chinois gloving thread.
Aida fabric was only invented at the beginning of the 20th century, which is why there are no vintage embroideries on this support. Aida has a specific mesh forming squares facilitating cross-stitch. It is particularly recommended for beginners, children and rapid cross-stitch. Embroidery dimensions: this Aida fabric has 55 points per 10cm. As a comparison, the same number of stitches on 12 count linen fabric will measure 9.2cm.
Our tea towels to embroider are in linen and made in France. Natural unbleached colour with grid pattern. The tea towels are equiped with a small hanging loop and a Maison Sajou blue label.
It is often said that linen tea towels should only be used for wiping glasses and silver. This is partially true, but once you have tried them for everyday drying, it will be difficult to use anything else.
Attention: it is extremely important to soak this linen tea towels overnight before washing them for a first time. This will get rid of all the starch and make ironing easier. If you do not do this, it will be impossible to get rid of the creases.
Here, beautiful cotton tea towels to embroider with a central Aida panel 6.5 points per cm. The Aida central panel measures 17.3cm x 17.8cm, which represents in cross stitch 112 x 116 points.
These kitchen towels are made in France.
After embroidering the centre panel, we recommend soaking this tea towel for a few hours before washing in a machine. This will eliminate the starch used when making the tea towels, otherwise the creases are more difficult to remove when ironing.
Fabric napkins are the current trend in these times of waste reduction. Here we have linen or Aïda napkins with their matching holders. They make great little gifts and are quick to customize. You can find a large choice of initials in our Sajou albums, or even lovely little friezes in our green Sajou albums n° 657 and 658.
There are two types of canvas for tapestry: mono and Penelope. Mono canvas is woven in squares and is generally the type that it is used for classic needlepoint on the diagonal. Penelope canvas is woven with double threads and is finer. The double weave makes it perfect for techniques requiring more detail. This can be seen on vintage tapestries in the finesse of hands and faces, often sewn using different threads than the rest of the surface.
These swatches are the same quality as all the other linen fabrics on sale on our site. They are end of rolls or odd cuts left over from preparing swatches for our kits.