25m English 3-ply Linen Thread, Non-Waxed, Colours of your choice

+ $3.38 shipping
+ $3.38 shipping
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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from United Kingdom

Item details

This listing is for five 5m pieces of Somac NeL 18/3 linen thread. Please let me know your choice of colours during checkout. Minimum order per colour is 5m.

Made by Somac Threads in England from the highest quality linen yarn, this 3-ply thread is twisted and reversed, and not waxed.
You can easily wax it by hand. Beeswax is available in my shop here:

Waxing is recommended for outdoor use or where the thread is repeatedly pulled through small holes, for example for leather works, beading and also bookbinding. (Although for bookbinding the thread can be used un-waxed with a bit of practise; using it without wax has advantages especially for binding that are exposed. )

NeL 18/3 is one of the standard thicknesses used for bookbinding, and good to use with Coptic and similar bindings. Since it is thinner it will give less pronouced chains in a Coptic or similar binding than the 4-ply thread.

This specific thread is very suitable both for bookbinding and leather crafts.

Please Note:
Colours viewed on a screen look different than the real thing, the photos in this listing are only for reference.

If you buy this item several times the pieces of thread will be packed individually. If packaging is not important to you, and you want several 5m pieces, look for the listing with the total amount you are looking for, this will be cheaper:

Furthermore the exact colour varies from dye lot to dye lot. Therefore thread bought under the same name at different times may look different. Better order enough thread to last through your whole project.

You can find colour charts with actual thread here:

And if you need to match a specific colour, you can get a personalized colour chart with thread from different manufacturers here:

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from United Kingdom
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I cannot be held resposible for undelivered packages due to an inaccurate shipping address provided by the buyer, or if a package is unclaimed by the buyer. The buyer will therefore be responsible for the cost of (re-)shipping the package.

(1) Usually I send out items 1-3 business days after I received your payment. Currently I ship out twice a week, often on Mondays and Thursdays, but that can change depending on what else is going on in a particular week.

(2) If you select "rush order" from the shipping options I will always ship as soon as possible, which can mean that I ship the same day. However, what I guarantee is: If you select the "Rush Order Upgrade", and you place your order before 7 pm your items will ship out within the next workday (usually within the next 24h). If, however, you place your order after 7 pm, I will only see it the next morning, and thus might ship out a day later than you might think (within 48h on work days). Example: A) Order placed Monday 6 pm with Rush Order Upgrade - I will pack your items the same night and they will ship out on Tuesday even if I or my twins get sick and I have to find someone else to bring your goods to the post office. (Normally it would ship Tuesday, OR Wednesday, OR Thursday). B) Order placed on Monday at 9 pm with Next Day Dispatch - depending on my workload, the item will ship out on Tuesday or Wednesday (instead of Wednesday, OR Thursday, OR Friday).

When placing a rush order, it would be best to contact me first to make sure I am aware of your order. I usually answer requests within a couple of hours unless I am sleeping.

(3) By default items are send via Royal Mail First Class. For larger shipments parcelforce will be used.
An express service is available upon request, and sometimes by choosing from a drop down menu. For orders within the UK this includes guaranteed next day delivery. For international orders I can ship through courier services like Fedex for an extra charge. You will want to combine this with a "rush order", as the express service refers to the shipping mode, and the "rush order" to how quickly I process your order.

(4) If your items get shipped to a destination outside the EU, customs may be due. They have to be paid at your country's tax office, and vary with the destination. I have no control over them, and they are your responsibility.

Furthermore you have to make sure that you are allowed to import the items you purchase. I can not be held responsible for items held by customs.
If you have questions or doubts about that you can contact me, and I will try to help you to figure out what you are allowed to import.

(5) Usually I ship out in new container boxes or envelopes. But I also recycle as much packaging material as possible and sometimes sent out orders in used boxes. Filling material is usually re-used packaging material and might be paper or plastic. If you have preferences regarding packaging material, please let me know via convo or during checkout.


(1) I accept payment through Paypal and Etsy's Direct checkout, which includes payment through debit and credit cards as well as Etsy Gift Cards. You do not need a paypal account to pay through paypal. If your bank account is located in the UK I also accept Bank Transfers, and accept checks. However, I deactivated this option for now, as it caused confusion for a lot of customers. If you want to pay with one of those options, please get in touch before your purchase.

(2) Etsy works such that a purchase is only finalized (and known to me) after you submitted your payment. Usually I send out goods within 1-3 business days after a completed payment (for exceptions see the individual items descriptions).

(3) Should your purchase have been by mistake or contain false information, incorrect shipment information in particular, please contact me immediately so that I can change the information or cancel the sale.
I cannot be held responisble for undelivered packages due to an inaccurate shipping address provided by the buyer, or if a package is unclaimed by the buyer. In that case the buyer will be responsible for the cost of (re-)shipping the package.

(4) If your items get shipped to a destination outside the EU, customs may be due. They have to be paid at your country's tax office, and vary with the destination. I have no control over them, and they are your responsibility.

(5) I carry the risk of the items being lost in the mail which means you get a full refund for items which do not reach you. All delivery times that I give you at the time of dispatch are estimates, and it takes longer until Royal Mail (and thus I) regard a parcel as not-delivered. Do contact me immediately, though, if you have any concerns about something not reaching you, and I will then walk you through all steps.
All claims regarding non-reception must be made within five months after you placed your order to be eligible for a refund.

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Digital downloads
  • Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
I do accept cancellations before items are shipped out. Meaning you'll get a complete refund over everything you paid to me, including any service charges. After they are sent off, they will be have to go the route of returns.

Despite my aim to only ship and sell work that is well done, it could happen that something escapes my attention. In that case you do have the right to complain about the goods you received, you can give them back, exchange them for the same item (no exchanges for something else), or ask for a fix, and it won't cost you anything as long as the following conditions are satisfied:

If you are dissatisfied with your goods please contact me so that we can discuss a refund. Don't send your items back before contacting me. Generally I'll take back all goods as long as
a) you notify me within 14 days after reception
b) you ship according to my instructions within 21 days of delivery
c) they reach me in the state I sent them to you. (That means for example that I won't take thread back that you already cut, where you ripped the label, scraped the wax off or damaged in another way. I won't take a book back in which you already wrote, your child scribbled, if a page is ripped out, something was glued to it, or the like. This is not about how they fare while they are in the post.)

I will refund all of your costs, including basic shipment and return shipment if you have reason to be dissatisfied with the quality of the product. (Please notice that extra services like rush order or guaranteed delivery are not refundable if and when they were provided.)

IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: No returns of digital files for obvious reasons. If you are dissatisfied with a file you received please contact me to discuss the problems you are experiencing.

If you want to give your items back for any other reason than a lack in quality: for example because the thread is thicker or thinner than expected, has a different hue than expected, or simply because you have changed your mind, ANY reason other than a lack in quality or my mistake in packing your order, then the extended refund policy applies.
In that case you can still contact me, cancel your sale within 14 days of receiving your goods, and after doing so send the item back to me. You can also cancel your order BY sending it back to me. However, I think it works best for both of us if I know what to expect. Contacting me also makes sure you stay within the 14 days time frame you have for cancellation of your order. - Communication always makes things so much easier for both parties!

If and when the goods reach me in the state I sent them to you (see above; this is not about how the post treats the package.) I'll refund the price of the product and the shipment costs you paid me to send it to you (minus anything I have to pay upon receipt, like customs fees or if the postage you put on was insufficient). That means, you have to pay for the return shipment, but the inital postage of shipping the item to you is on me. If sending from within the EU you are required to choose a tracked service if the item was sent tracked to you and get a proof of posting in any case. I carry the risk of post way of returns from within the EU.
If returning from outside the EU I strongly recommend buying a tracked service: you will have to carry the risk of it getting lost in the mail. Items don't usually get lost but they might, and if I tell you they didn't reach me, I want you either to be able to check that against your tracking number, or you'll have to take my word for it. If it doesn't reach me, you won't get your money back, sorry.

Custom made items are excluded from this extended refund policy. (That means you have of course still the right of requesting a fix or giving items back that lack in quality, but you may not give them back just because you don't want them anymore.) Please note that cutting a custom amount of thread from a whole spool is regarded a custom item. A custom amount is anything other than 5m.

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