This is the second in a series of articles on different fabric types, how they can be used, their advantages and advantages, and how they work with hand dyeing.
Jobelan is an evenweave created for the cross stitch and embroidery market by Wichelt. It is created with single threads, very uniform in size, and is most commonly stitched two over two. That is, using two strands of floss and stitching over every second hole.
Rayon is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber. It is made from purified cellulose, primarily from wood pulp, which is chemically converted into a soluble compound. It is then dissolved and forced through a spinneret to produce filaments which are chemically solidified, resulting in synthetic fibers of nearly pure cellulose.
Due to the addition of rayon in the manufacture, Jobelan is a very soft fabric to use; it is not stiff like Aida or linen. It drapes very well. The rayon filaments give a very slight sheen to the fabric and it is wrinkle resistant.
Jobelan is only created by Wichelt. All other fabric sellers and dyers buy their Jobelan from them. As Wichelt is located in the USA, it is not economical for some smaller international dyers to import the base fabric.
Stitchers have reported that this fabric can be difficult to make taut inside a hoop of qsnap. The rayon part that gives this fabric its wonderful drape and sheen, also makes it a little slippery compared with other cross stitch fabrics.
Jobelan is available in plain or hand dyed only. Wichelt does not manufacture an opalescent or metallic Jobelan fabric.
Wichelt currently produces Jobelan is 25 count, 28 count and 32 count.
25 count Lambswool Jobelan
51% Cotton, 49% Rayon/Modal
28 count Lambswool Jobelan
51% Cotton, 49% Rayon/Modal
32 count Lambswool Jobelan
70% Cotton, 30% Rayon/Modal
The Wichelt solid-coloured Jobelan fabric is 70% cotton and only 30% Rayon. This means that these Jobelan’s will be stiffer than the 28 or 25 counts. These fabrics will also take dye differently to the 28 and 25 count fabrics.
Wichelt also produces Jobelan Aida – an Aida created with the bundles of threads creating easy to see holes, but these Aidas are made from the Jobelan 51% Cotton & 49% Rayon/Modal mixed fibres.
This may be a rebranded “Soft Touch Aida” that we used to be able to buy.
Wichelt offer a variety of solid colours and hand dyed fabrics in the most popular 28 and 32 counts. To keep consistency within colours, Wichelt offers both the 28 count and the 32 count fabrics as 51% Cotton, 49% Rayon/Modal.
The 51/49 composition for the 32 count fabric is only used in the hand dyed Jobelan, not in the solid colours. This could cause confusion for stitchers and hand dyers as 32 count Wichelt Jobelan has a different feel in the hand and different properties to dye; all dependent on whether it is a Wichelt solid colour or Wichelt hand dye.
The most commonly used dyes and pigments latch on to natural fibres such as cotton and linen to a greater degree than man-made fibres. As such Jobelan often dyes lighter than linen or Aida fabrics.
Places to Buy
Wichelt have a large variety of solid and hand dyed Jobelan that are available in may needlework stores.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has many hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. Tammy dyes Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
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Stitches and Spice is Australia’s only fabric and thread hand dyer. Naomi hand dyes Jobelan in 28 count only.
Crafty Kitten has two ranges of hand dyed fabrics, pastels and vivids. Dawn dyes Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
Polstitches is one of the UK’s longest running and best known fabric and thread hand dyers with their fabrics being recommended for charts in many UK Cross Stitch publications. Jo hand dyes Jobelan in 28 count only.
Dye Stitch Love is a Facebook only company that has a great range of colours. Lourdes dyes Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie has a great range of colours to suit all projects. Steph dyes Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
Picture This Plus is one the US’s longest running and best known fabric hand dyers. Their annual Christmas in July sale is so huge it takes until November to dye and send out all the orders. Marilyn & Shari dye Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
Sunny*Dyes fabrics by Youthful Hands Needle Crafts include some of the best hand painted fabrics I have seen. Teri dyes Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
Under the Sea Fabrics has some unique two-toned earth and sky or water and sky fabrics rarely seen elsewhere. Leslie dyes Jobelan in 28 and 32 counts.
Did I miss any good Jobelan dyers? Please comment below and I will add them to the list.
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