threads for altar cloths
Hi. I am a newbie here on the forum. I work for a living history museum in upstate NY, and have been weaving and spinning for a few years now. I would really like to weave a set of altar linens for a church where I am organist as a gift to the parish, but I don't know where to start, but I have a few ideas of what I would like to do.
1. The parish is Catholic, so the linens need to be in line with Catholic parameters.
2. I would like to use bleached linen thread, the finer, the better, but in the realm of practicality.
3. I am a staunch traditionalist, and am looking to do a traditional set of linens with whitework embroidery perhaps - I am pretty decent with a needle, even if I am a man (guess who gets to sew all the buttons on the kids' clothes).
I am looking for suggestions as far as threads go, first of all. I was thinking either 70/2 or 40/2. I have a 45"/8 jack loom.
It's ok - you can tell me I'm nuts to do this. This is not a looming project: I still have a baby blanket to finish, and another blanket, and a silk scarf, and...