Monk's Cloth for $10.00 to $11.00 per yard and is 100% cotton, 4x4 basket weave, 8 count per inch fabric. It is 58" to 60" wide and is available in many colors. It is used for creating Swedish weaving afghans, table runners, clothing and costumes. Monk's Cloth is the base fabric for the embroidery called Swedish weaving.
Monk's Cloth derives its name from the woolen fabric used to make the clothing for monks centuries ago. Some claim that the hems of monk's habits were adorned with designs using yarn in a technique similar to Swedish weaving. Today, we decorate cotton monk's cloth with yarn to make beautiful and unique items for family, friends and for the home.
Preparation of Monk's Cloth: When purchasing the monk's cloth make sure that it is cut exactly along the cross-grain of the fabric. Monk's cloth should be stitched at both ends prior to preshrinking and weaving. Either machine stitch or use of a hem stitch like "The Italian Hem Stitch" to keep the fabric from unraveling. The stitching should be about 1.5" to 2.5" from the cut edge depending on preference. After stitching, unravel the monk's cloth up to the stitching to make the fringe.
To preshrink the Monk's cloth, completely soak the fabric in a washer with hot or warm water. Do not "wash" or agitate it excessively. Spin out the excess water. Place in a hot dryer. Iron to smooth the fabric. Some have found delicate cycle is acceptable. Too much agitation may create fuzz and "pills" on the Monk's cloth. Completed afghans may be dry cleaned. Happy weaving!