Collection: Single skeins

We currently stock four weights of vintage linen threads: 

16/2 
The most common thread used in mid century linen embroidery. We stock five brands of 1940's to 1980s stock, around 300 colours. 
 Each skein of the vintage 16/2 thread is 14m long, apart from Knox's which is 18-20m long. All threads have been neatly stored in boxes in dry environments since they were produced, still strong and as new. This thread is spun quite firmly and should be used as it is, not split.
A little bit of beeswax will help protect the thread if you like to use longer strands when embroidering, although this is not necessary. 
Many skilled linen embroiderers suggest 60 cm is good length to work with, and the needles to use for all weights are chenille's: 20, 22 or 24. We buy ours from John James: 
https://www.jjneedles.com/


25/4 Hemstitch yarn: this thread is 4-stranded. Use singly (10m) or separate into 1-4 strands. In the 60's it was common to mix one or three strands of this thread together with 16/2 in embroideries, it helped create interesting textures.  Popular with embroiderers and bookbinders, this versatile thread has not been produced since the 1960's and cannot be found easily anymore. 
We still have around 40 colours in stock at this moment. 

40/2 HV thread: a very fine linen thread with natural slubs that has been made and used since the 1950's. The colour range is limited to 14 colours and we buy all vintage stock we can find. The age of the thread ranges from 1960's to contemporary, please check each listing for more details. Each skein is 30 to 35+ m. 

35/3 Lace thread
Eva by Marks and Knyppelgarn by Nordiska are two very smooth and beautifuly spun threads, made for lace making and embroidery, very rare today. If you decide to buy any of these threads, please use it for something special.
There is very little linen thread of this kind left in the world. 
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  • The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
    The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
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    The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
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    The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
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  • The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
    The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
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  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 #529
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 #529
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  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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  • The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £2.00
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    £2.00
  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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    £2.00
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    £2.00
  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.00
  • The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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  • The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein 16/2
    The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein 16/2
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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  • Linda 1960's embroidery linen
    Linda 1960's embroidery linen
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    £2.00
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    £2.00
  • The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
    The Flax Flower - 1960's Linen Hemstitch Yarn
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    £2.00
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    £2.00
  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4
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  • Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 #535
    Nordiska mid-century linen 25/4 #535
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  • The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    The Flax Flower 1960's linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £2.00
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    £2.00
  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.00
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  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.00
  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.00
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  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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  • Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
    Knox's of Kilbirnie - Mid century linen embroidery yarn - single skein
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    £3.00
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    £3.00