Waxed Linen Thread: 4 for 3 special offer

by Susan Green November 14, 2019

Buy Crawford waxed linen thread for bookbinding in the UK

Buy three packets of Crawford waxed linen thread and get another packet free.

How to order

Put 4 packets of linen thread into your basket and use code LINEN19 when you check out. This offer runs until 30th November 2019.

I offer the thread in a variety of budget-friendly, colour themed packets (more about why I do that further down). Each has five yards of three colours. Or, if you prefer, order a Custom packet to specify your own choice of one (15 yards), two (7.5 yards each) or three (5 yards each) colours.

"The beautiful little packets the thread is sent out in are utterly delightful; I always feel like I am dipping into a bag of special sweeties!" T.L

Brown, Autumn and Green waxed linen thread

Browns, Autumn & Greens packets of linen thread

Quality linen thread for bookbinding & other crafts

This 4 ply waxed linen thread is perfect for bookbinding, especially exposed spine work like the Coptic and Longstitch bindings. It’s also useful for sewing leather goods, jewellery making, beading necklaces and bracelets, small-scale weaving, macramé, and a variety of stitching projects.

"The best threads I've found for bookbinding...I found the stitching process much easier than using other threads and the finished product appears much better." E.R

This linen thread is superb quality, as I know from using it myself in my bookbinding work for many years. It’s very strong and offers the perfect balance of stiffness, suppleness and flexibility.

"Not only is the range of colours brilliant and the quality of thread excellent but the saturation of wax allows the thread to glide through the stitching holes smoothly and hold snugly for accurate positioning of the stitches " T.L

4 ply waxed linen thread for bookbindingNatural packet shown with some of my bookbinding tools.

Colourful waxed linen thread

Crawford waxed linen thread is available in lots of colours so it’s easy to co-ordinate with your creative projects, whatever they are!

It can be very expensive for the professional maker or hobby crafter to keep a wide variety of linen thread colours at their disposal, because whole spools of Crawford  must be imported into the UK from overseas. After I’d been bookbinding a while, I was feeling frustrated about the limited colours of linen thread available in the UK, so I decided to import the thread myself.

As well as keeping some of the thread for my own work, I break down each spool into budget-friendly, colour-themed packets so other bookbinders, makers and crafters can access this colourful, quality thread, too. (I don't sell full spools, I'm afraid.)

"The service is friendly, helpful and prompt." J.M.


Linen Thread Shade Card & Colour Chart

If you’d like to colour-match with existing materials, why not order a Shade Card? The cost can be redeemed against one future purchase of linen thread. You might also find this Colour Conversion Chart useful.

Waxed Linen Thread Shade Card
Shade (sample) card, showing the colours in each packet.

If you need any help choosing colours, checking out or if you have a question about delivery (I ship worldwide), then please get in touch. Don't forget to use code LINEN19 before the end of November to claim your free packet of linen thread.

+44 (0)7748 759371

Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email info@boundbyhand.co.uk or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
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
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 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