A three-ply hand-dyed pima cotton in variegated colors. It
has a silky sheen, especially when used with long, flat stitches.
Separate the plies and use one or more in the needle according
to the pattern directions. One ply is about the same weight as
a #5 pearl cotton or six plies of cotton floss or one ply of
persian wool. Also good for Sashiko.
A single strand hand-dyed cotton in variegated colors. It
has more of a matte finish when stitched. Use one or more strands
as required by the ground fabric. One strand is approximately
the same weight as flower thread or Medicis wool. It is between
a #8 and #12 pearl cotton in weight. It is available in all the
same colors as Watercolours and the two threads can be used very
successfully together for hardanger embroidery. Can be used for bobbin work on quilts.
A twelve-ply hand-dyed variegated silk. It gives a subtle
sheen when stitched and has particularly good light reflection
qualities. Use a single ply for very fine work or as many plies
as necessary to suit stitch and ground fabric. Many of the colors
match Watercolours and Wildflowers, but because the silk fibers
take the dye differently, they may be more subdued.
A tubular nylon thread. It compresses or expands to accommodate a large variety of canvas or fabric sizes. It has a shimmery, wet look and when stitched flat, it has a transparent appearance; compressed, it is more opaque. In addition to using it for traditional stitching, other fibers can be threaded through it or it can be stitched on top of other needlework. Great for crazy quilt stitches.
Rachel with a fine metallic threaded through it. The sparkle
of the metallic combined with the shimmer of the Rachel can give
your work a truly dazzling effect. It is usually best for counts
of fourteen or coarser but long stitches will work on eighteen
or on twenty four-count. It is also wonderful on crazy quilts.
A heavier metallic in antique shades. The effect is more of
a soft glow than a shiny sparkle. It ravels easily, but can be
controlled by a dab of Fraycheck or clear nail polish at one
end. Before threading the needle, snap the length of yarn gently
to tighten the chainette and make the stitching easier. It is
a little bit thicker than #5 pearl cotton, but not as thick as
#3 pearl. Use on eighteen or fourteen count. Fine for bargello
stitches on twenty four count Congress cloth.
A 50% wool, 50% silk blend. It comes in solid colors which
coordinate with Soie Cristale silk, and hand-dyed colors which
coordinate with Watercolours and Waterlilies. It is about the
same weight as Wildflowers, but has more loft. It is very versatile
and can be used on fine linens as well as larger counts of needlepoint
canvas. You can often control the look of your stitches to create
either a sculptured or a satiny look simply by adding or subtracting
one strand. The blend of wool and silk gives a unique appearance
as the two fibers reflect light differently, giving your stitching
A twelve-ply solid color spun silk. Use the solid colors the
same as you would use Waterlilies, which is dyed on natural or
white Soie Cristale.
A synthetic metallic thread. It is very easy to work with
and in weight is similar to #5 pearl cotton, six strands of floss
or one ply of persian wool. White tends to reflect the colors used
around it. Although it has lots of sparkle, decorative stitches
look well worked with Snow. It also comes in a variety of colors.