Crawford Waxed Irish Linen Thread

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Susan Green | 7 comments

UPDATE February 2017:  All colours back in stock.
NEW: now you can order the Entire Collection of 27 colours & save 15%. 
Shop now or scroll down for info & colour swatches.
If you have any queries you can email me:

I'm pleased to offer for sale Crawford Waxed Irish Linen Thread in short, affordable lengths in a range of wonderful colours. This is the premium thread for exposed spine bindings such as Coptic, Longstitch, Secret Belgian and Japanese Stab Stitch. A very strong thread, it's 4-ply and pre-waxed with natural beeswax for your convenience. Crawford Waxed Linen is the preferred thread of professional bookbinders and book artists, and it would also be suitable for leather work, beading, macrame, jewellery making and strong mending. 

When I started bookbinding, this thread was next to impossible to purchase in the UK. Now, I import it from the USA and have broken each spool down into usable, affordable lengths in packets of 3 complimentary colours.

Each packet contains 5 yards of each colour, giving 15 yards in total and costs £7.50 - shop now and choose from the following:

Greyscale: Black, Charcoal Grey, White

Natural: Tan, Natural, White

Browns: Chocolate, Nut, Tan

Autumn: Rust, Orange, Yellow

Pinks: Red, Hot Pink, Soft Pink

Purples: Maroon, Purple, Lilac

Greens: Emerald, Forest, Mint

Blues: Navy, Mid, Light

Aqua: Turquoise, Teal, Light Blue

Spring Thread

Spring: Magenta, Sherbet, Pale Green


Custom: your own choice of 3 colours.

Colours may vary slightly between dye lots and may appear different in person due to variations in your computer screen, mobile or tablet. So if colour matching is crucial to you, you can order a Shade Card (£5 and is redeemable against a future purchase of thread).



Posted in Supplies



7 Responses


March 10, 2017

I would be very interested in 18/3 if you’re able to stock it?

Susan Green
Susan Green

February 14, 2017

Hi Helen, I just sent you an email – I don’t stock 3 ply thread but would be happy to add your requirements to my next order with my supplier. Let me know if that helps,


Helen Westhrop
Helen Westhrop

February 13, 2017

I am looking for some 35/3 and 25/3 can you point me in the right direction thank you Helen

Susan Green
Susan Green

January 11, 2017

Hi Faizal, I just sent you an email, hope that helps.



January 11, 2017

please email me because I am interestes to buy 20 rolls of nagural colour thread.

Thank you.

Susan Green
Susan Green

April 14, 2016

Hello Liz,

Although Crawford thread isn’t usually measured in this way, a good approximation would be 12/4; the threads are 4 ply, around 1mm in diameter.

If you’d like a sample to assess suitability for your projects, please let me know.

Hope this helps,



April 14, 2016

Gorgeous colours! Are these 25/3 or 18/3 weight threads?


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Size Guide
Memory Books, Guest Books, Condolence Books, Journals and Sketchbooks

All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.

A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
Miniature Journals

96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches
Simple Wrap Journals

60 pages of 130 gsm paper

 One Size 6 inches or 148 mm approx.  4.5 inches or 108 mm approx. 20 mm or 0.75 inches
Paperback Notebooks

With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205mm or 8.25 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages
Accordion Books

8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper

A5 Medium Portrait TBC
A6 Small Landscape