I learned to needlepoint using Paternayan wool and Appleton crewel. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that Paternayan wool would become hard to find! But that is the case now. I've seen several announcements from shops in the last year that they are no longer going to stock Paternayan because it is impossible to get from the supplier. So they are switching to another brand of Persian wool. It's a sad day. Nothing makes more durable rugs or furniture upholstery than Paternayan. I hate to think that eBay and personal stashes are gong to be the only places to get Paternayan soon.
Several shops are trying to step into the breach and stockpile Paternayan, particularly for churches that started kneeler projects only to find that the background or other colors they need impossible to find. I know Needlewoman East and Hunt Country Yarns are two of those shops. If you know of more, or if your local shop seems to have a good stock of Paternayan, please tell us in the Comments. You can also email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot com and I'll post a Comment for you. Here is contact information for Liz at NW East and Bob at Hunt Country.
This posting was prompted by a message on Janet Perry's website talking about the differences in Paternayan yarn over the years. Apparently now the three plies of a strand are now all the same size. Accepted knowledge when I taught myself needlepoint a very long time ago was that the strands were all slightly different in diameter. I can't say I could ever tell much difference myself, but perhaps I am not a noticing type of stitcher. Anyway, here is what Janet has to say. You may find it helpful if you are trying to use Paternayan from two sources and see a difference in the ply sizes.
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