[HNW] stitch count of Mary's cruciform cross-stitch designs

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Wed Jun 23 17:44:48 PDT 2010

Going by my memory some of the pieces are on more openweave canvas.
The stitch count is actually only a few stitches per inch. I am  
thinking 5-6 in fact
for some of the pieces. We took closeup photos of the pieces that were  
at Traquair and Oxburgh House in 1985. I can remember holding a ruler  
up against the glass so we could get measurements. I have no idea  
where those photos are, except it's a box.


On Jun 23, 2010, at 7:32 PM, Chris Laning wrote:

> On Jun 23, 2010, at 4:16 PM, Carol Thomas wrote:
>> I pulled out a book with a photograph and counted stitches sideways  
>> and up and down.  It does appear to be evenweave.
>> No information on stitches per inch, though.
> I think all you'd really need was the dimensions of one cruciform  
> piece: then it's just a matter of arithmetic. The V&A collection  
> pages should have that.
> As for the background material, it's really two questions:
> (1) Was it "evenweave" in the sense of being the same number of  
> threads to the inch in warp and weft (apparently so); and
> (2) How closely did the fabric resemble what we today call  
> "evenweave linen"? Or will it be more like what we would call  
> "needlepoint canvas"? It would be helpful to know the thread  
> diameters and spacing, since fabric at a given number of threads per  
> inch can have, for instance, 10 thick threads tightly packed per  
> inch, 10 thin threads spaced far apart, or anything in between.  It  
> may also be worth checking whether it's actually linen, or perhaps  
> hemp or something else. (Though linen is certainly what I'd expect.)
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