As a follow-up to my previous post about sewing a textile to a sheepskin
I asked Jan Mostrom, who attended Britt Solheim’s class on skinnfell-making in Norway, about the thread she used. She wrote, “I checked my spool and it is Campbell’s Line thread #832 I bought another spool at the Husflid which I think is the very same. That is Barbour #25 cord 3 from Lisburn, N. Ireland. They appear to be identical, both 100% linen, and both came on 50 gram spools that are identical except for the labels. Anyway, I think any strong smooth linen will work fine.”
Jan also checked Britt Solheim’s book, and it says to use double linen thread in size 35/3 to 40/2.
When I took the class from Britt, we all peered at the tips of the leather-making needles we would use, noting how dangerous the sharp triangular knife-edges appeared. Britt said, “You know what they say if you cut yourself and blood gets on your piece? That you “syr kjaerlighet inne i teppet.” You sew love into your coverlet. As much as I tried to avoid that, love definitely sneaked into my sewing a couple of times.