When I was little my mom enjoyed candlewicking. If you're not familiar, it's a form of embroidery that is stitched with white or cream thread on matching fabric, and uses lots and lots of colonial knots (a cousin of the french knot!) to form designs.
As I was pulling something out of my mom's stash the other day, I found a package of muslin. Clearly it was left from the candlewicking days, which dates this fabric back to the 80s. I like stitching on muslin, so I pulled it out (asked mom first!) and gave it a try.
Wow! This is not like the muslin that I find around these days! This is some really nice fabric. Part of it may be that it came out of the package feeling like it has been starched (a topic for another day), but there's something more.
You can see the lovely texture, and you can see how thick it is from the photos. It's still thin enough to see through just a bit, but nothing like the stuff I get now. Or maybe I'm wrong?
Has muslin fabric changed over the years, at least in the United States? When I was in England, I looked at what they refer to as calico. (To my UK friends, calico here in the States is a small printed fabric!) The calico/muslin in the UK was similar to what I just found.
I tried stitching on it, and it made me love it even more! So pleasant to work with. Tight weave, but easy to pull multiple strands of floss through. Once it got wet from soaking the traced pattern off, it lost it's smooth stiff texture (making me think it was starched), but it was still so nice. Hmm...I think I'll be rationing this find!
So tell me...what has been your experience working with muslin? Do you have a favorite kind or a place where you find the "good stuff"?
Oh, and the stitching I tried this out with? Well, that's gonna stay a secret for a while...
By Mollie Johanson at Monday, August 20, 2012