The size of our matt linen thread is expressed in metric number (NM), which corresponds to the number of metres per gram or the number of kilometres per kilogram. It is said that to express the thickness of a thread by a metric number is a false friend: the indicated number is proportionally the opposite of the thickness of the thread. Thus, a NM 10 is thicker than a NM 100.
This high quality matt linen thread can be used for bobbin lace, crochet or even book binding. Available in seven thicknesses ranging from 18 to 60. The number after the size indicates the number of strands.
Fil Au Chinois is a very old brand registered in France in 1847. In French, the term Au Chinois signifies "thread with the image of a Chinaman", not "Chinese thread". This way of naming brands was in the movement of the 19th century when companies chose easily identifiable objects or caracters for a clientele who did not necessarily know how to read. See the article on Fil Au Chinois on our blog.