Friday 19 June 2009

Is brown the new black? Mary Wigham stitched by Icco-san

My name is Icco, and I am participating far from Japan. I was intrigued by the exquisite beauty of Quaker samplers, and started stitching. I am using 40ct Wichelt Linen, and floss which is an original from a Japanese embroidery shop.
At present, my stitching is monochrome, but after looking at the interpretations of stitchers from other countries I am considering adding bits of other colors.
Every week I look forward to the release of a new chart.Thank you so much for such a wonderful SAL project.


  1. Is this a thread that is available for sale elsewhere? Do they export it to other countries? It is such a beautiful shade of brown and your stitching is wonderful.
    Becky in WA

  2. Icco...this is beautiful! Love the color :)

  3. Lovely color, I like it just as it is.

  4. Hello Icco, it's lovely, just the way it is!

  5. It is so beautiful the way it is! I haven't actually begun stitching yet, but I was planning on stitching mine all in black on this mossy grey linen. I've really been taken with monochromatic schemes lately. Anyway, your brown is stunning. Don't change a thing!

  6. Hello everyone,
    This is Saho the Head Girl of Japan.

    I have a message from icco-san:

    Thank you for all your kind comments, I appreciate them all and am very happy.

    I am trying to find out if the fiber is available for overseas stitchers. Please give me some time and I will get back to you.

  7. Hi all,
    I have a message from Icco-san and myself.
    Icco-san inquired the shop Echizen-ya and they said that they do accept overseas orders, but their website is in Japanese and requires credit card payment..

    They also do accept orders by e-mail, but not recommended due to security issues:

    Icco-san apologizes for not being of much help.
    Perhaps you have a Japanese friend who can help?

    Now, a message from myself-(I did some research on my own)
    The name of the thread is MATALGON No.839.
    It is a matte (not shiny) cotton thread, close to Danish flower thread, only thinner.
    The closest color in DMC is 839; if you want to go for the same texture, the closest is Flemme Flower Thread 216 (Matalgon 839 is a bit lighter).

    Some overseas net shops carry Danish flower threads, such as Scandinavian Stitches.
    I hope this helps.

  8. Icco, your Sal is very beautiful.

  9. Icco-san, your sampler is beautiful just as it is. Your thread itself seems very special and it just looks fabulous, it's perfect for a monochrome. I love it and wouldn't change a thing.