Monk's cloth

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Monk's Cloth is an evenweave cloth which is used in Swedish weaving and many other evenweave projects. This cloth has a loose over and under four strand weave. These strands are called floats and are used to weave the threads through. The cloth is 100% cotton and can be purchased in a variety of colors at craft and fabric stores. The cotton will shrink when washed, so should be pre-washed before so as to achieve the correct sizing before stitching.

In the 1940s monk's cloth was used to decorate borders on towels, throws, baby blankets, pillows, wall hanging, pictures, linens and clothing. Swedish dresses were decorated for traditional outfits with a variety of threads. Today, cotton Floss and yarns are used on the fabric to create beautifully decorated items.