While we consider if there are other questions I have missed (see previous post), I thought I would tell you about the threads I’ve gathered to sample.
- Caron’s Impressions, color 0020—This thread is 50% silk and 50% wool. It is soft, slightly fuzzy, and has 3 plies.
- DMC’s Medici, color noir—Another soft, fuzzy thread which is considered a fine weight wool that is not divisible. Wool threads are non-reflective so will provide a very matte finish. And it’s mothproof!
- Vineyard Silk Classic, Jet Black—While this thread is 100% Chinese silk, it feels like the Caron’s Impressions. It is non-strandable and supposed to not untwist when you’re using it, nor get dented by the needle.
- Needlepoint Inc. Silk, color 993—This 8 ply thread is 100% Chinese Silk. Since it is reeled as opposed to spun the fibers are longer and should hold together better.
- Belle Soie, Noir—French for “Beautiful Silk, black” really does describe this 12 stranded spun silk. The color is not quite as intensely black as the others, perhaps because it is hand dyed.
- Baroque Silk, Witching Hour—This company’s colors are so rich, I’m looking forward to stitching with this hand dyed 3 ply thread.
- Splendor, S801—Rainbow Gallery threads are probably familiar to the average stitcher of today. Splendor is their 12-ply hand washable silk thread that is manufactured in France. While I haven’t used this color, I have used the thread in several projects and I love working with it. This is what Rainbow Gallery has to say about the product: “This is a 12-ply silk floss with an unusual construction. It has three bundles of four strands each. It is easiest if you pull the bundles out first and then take out each strand. The twist of each individual strand is tighter than most silks. This makes Splendor easier to use. It will not snag on all but the roughest hands. Be careful to ply and lay the silk to keep the nice shine. I have also stitched with each bundle as it comes. This silk is perfect for people who have been afraid of silks. Many of the usual problems experienced with silk will not occur with Splendor. Anyone that stitches with cotton floss will have no problem with it.“
- Mandarin Floss, M801—Have you played with any of the newer untraditional threads? I have used Sea Grass with success and now love it. Mandarin Floss is in this category for me. It is 100% Bamboo and has 6 plies. It feels so nice that I may start with it! This is what Rainbow Gallery has to say about their product: “It lays better than cotton because it is softer and yet is still quite strong. You can use slightly longer stitching lengths since it wears better too. It is less costly than silk but has many silk-like properties. Its semi-matte finish doesn’t overpower your other stitches. Most matte threads lines have gone off the market and Mandarin floss works well as a substitute. Blends well with with metallic filament for cross stitching. Great for French Knots, Turkey Work, tassels and twisted cords.”
- DMC Cotton Floss—I’m sure everyone is familiar with this 6-ply thread
- DMC Cotton Perle #3, #5, #8, #12, color #310—Everyone is most likely familiar with these, too!
- Sulky Cotton—This is my favorite sewing machine thread. I have also used it for hand quilting. I like working with it so thought I would add it to my list.
What threads would you have on your list? Any recommendations for one or more that I really should add to mine?