Waxed Linen Thread for bookbinding, crafts & image styling

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Susan Green | 2 comments

Hurray! All 27 colours of 4 ply waxed linen thread are back in stock with several project-friendly, budget-friendly options. Shop now or scroll down for some creative project ideas and tips, from bookbinding to making your own decorative envelopes and Instagram styling.

Quick shop update - now you can order either:
  • a colour-themed packet e.g. Blues (Navy, Mid & Light) with 5 yards of each colour
  • a custom packet with 3 x colours of your choice (or say 10 yards of one colour plus 5 of another, or 15 yards of one colour)
  • the entire collection - 5 yards of 27 colours, no duplicates - and get 15% off.

Linen Thread for bookbinding Secret Belgian, Coptic, Longstitch and Pamphlet stitch.

Custom: Grey, Light Blue White; Blues: Navy, Mid & Light Blue
Natural used for a Secret Belgian Binding
Colourful waxed linen thread for bookbinding, instagram styling, macrame and crafts

Entire Collection

Project ideas:

Bookbinding. This waxed linen thread is 4 ply - preferred by bookbinders for exposed spine sewings because it's so strong, grips well, doesn't tangle as much as unwaxed thread and also because it comes in such a beautiful variety of colours.

You can confidently use it for the beginner-friendly Pamphlet Stitch, the Double Pamphlet, Longstitch, Coptic and Secret Belgian bindings (shown above, also known as Ann Goy's Criss Cross Binding, after the bookbinder who invented the binding), as well as the various Japanese Stab Stitch sewings. It is not suitable for very fine, cased-in work. 

Linen thread for image styling and Instagram propsCustom: Chocolate Brown, Tan, Natural  Just 1 yard of each is tightly wrapped around a miniature wooden clothes peg. The Chocolate is used in a simple 3 hole Pamphlet Stitch to make a notebook with vintage marbled paper covers.

Image styling. This thread is so great for adding pops of colour or extending the overall tone and feel of you imagery. It's particularly good if you use a lot of natural materials with texture. More and more I'm using it to style my Instagram. Try combining two colours of thread to compliment the focus of your image, for example wrapping up an object. For easy fixes, gather a collection of miniature clothes pegs each with a different colour of thread wound around it (just 1 yard of each colour is enough, leaving plenty for other uses) - you'll have a collection of colours at your finger tips.

Other crafts. I also use the linen thread instead of ribbon when wrapping gifts, similarly tying up hand made envelopes and I often hear from customers that they're buying the thread to make jewellery, macrame and for leather crafts. 

Colourful Thread for Instagram image stylingSherbet Lemon & Pale Green from the Spring packet used to wrap up pretty hand made envelopes. When you happen across the perfect envelope size and shape, unglue it, make a template from card and use it to trace then cut out your own envelopes from found paper such as magazines, old maps or wrapping paper. Cut out a viewing window from the front panel so you can correctly place the template on your paper for maximum prettiness. Use a ruler and bonefolder (or blunt butter knife) to score along fold lines using your original envelope as a reference. Finally secure the envelope shut by wraping up like a parcel with colourful linen thread (so as not to damage the envelope with glue or tape).

The skinny on using the thread for bookbinding

How many books can I get from a packet?

Each colour is 5 yards long, which is around 4-5 bookbinder's lengths (depending on how long your arms are!), so there's enough of each colour for at least a couple of bindings, so each packet should give at least 6 substantial bindings, many more for small Pamphlet stitched field notes style jotters / notebooks.

What kind of needle / awl should I use?

The thread is just under 1 mm and works well whether you're piercing your bookblock's sewing stations and covering material with an English Awl (or similar) or Japanese Screw Punch, and sewing with a straight or curved needle (I generally use a no. 18 straight needle on my projects, but the curved ones are invaluable for the Coptic & Secret Belgian). 

Top tip: use a bonefolder to flatten the end of the thread before threading your needle.

Crawford waxed linen thread for hand made books

Turquoise from the Aqua packet used in a Longstitch with Linkstitch binding.
Journals can be browsed & bought here. Keith Smith's 'Non-Adhesive Binding' Vol. 1 is a great place to start if you want to learn this binding.
How can I order?

Use the 'add to cart' button below, or visit the shop for full details & to order. If you have any queries, please get in touch. Happy making!



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2 Responses

Susan Green
Susan Green

April 03, 2017

Hi Helena, thanks for your enquiry – I just sent you an email. Longer lengths are no problem, happy to help!


April 01, 2017

Hi Susan, I would like to know can I buy this wonderful 4-ply in 10 yards pieces instead of 5 yards? I need it for beading and 5 is too short. Can you send me a private e-mail? Thank you in advance.

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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