Earlier this summer I got a real treat from Anne at Gloriana Threads. She'd accidentally dyed some Au ver á Soie Soie Surfine and I was the happy recipient of this fortuitous mistake. I started stitching on a piece of 45 count Lakeside Linens with it (some of you have seen my tiny pieces) and a love story was born...
Fast forward to today and I'm really pleased to announce the formation of the Society of Soie Surfine. We are a cooperative of five needlework shops dedicated to the finest in counted-thread supplies. And by finest I do mean very fine count linens and the finest of threads. We all love working on and selling high-count linens and have searched for a thread that works well on 40 and 45 count linen. And we've found it in Au ver á Soie's Soie Surfine. Soie Surfine is a 130/2 twisted silk thread that stitches like a dream - as smooth as...silk!
We have arranged with Gloriana Threads to hand-dye Soie Surfine exclusive for our Society of Soie Surfine Member Shops and as a stitcher you can become a Society Subscriber by purchasing a subscription to the Society. Our hand-dyed Soie Surfine threads are limited editions and available only through the Society - no one else will have them.
Our first subscription (Series #1) is just now starting and will last for 6 months. We will be featuring 5 thread colors and 1 fabric during the six months. Our first thread color is called Carmine Rose and is a lovely Red/Rose tone-on-tone color. It comes in a 100 yd twisted skein packaged in a crystal clear bag you can put on a ring to organize your subscription threads.
The fabric will be a custom color dyed for us by Lakeside Linens and will be available in 40 or 45 count during the series. It is coordinated to go with the 5 thread colors we have picked for this series. The fabric will be approximately 18x12 in size, enough for some fine design use. Additional yardage can be ordered by Subscribers during Series #1 after we have released the fabric.
While we do not currently have any designs that call for this limited edition thread and fabric, we are investigating having a design created for it and will let Subscribers know how that comes along. But we know everyone has lovely designs that call out for some special thread and fabric so we're sure our Series #1 subscription will find great designs to be paired with.
Series #1 subscriptions are $18 (from the 4 US member shops) for each of 6 months ($108 total) and entitle Society Subscribers to 1 skein each of the 5 thread colors and one piece of 40 or 45 count fabric (approx. 18x12). So there'll be 5 months of thread and one month with a fabric (we won't be sending both in the same month). Subscriptions are limited so sign-up now to ensure your receipt of these unique threads and fabric. You can sign-up through us by calling the shop or through the on-line catalog. Be sure to specify which count fabric you want as part of your Subscription.
Society Member shops are: Needle In A Haystack, Acorns and Threads, Attic Needlework, Stitchville USA and Traditional Stitches (Canada).