Saturday, August 22, 2009

Embroidery threads

Here is a small sample of some of the lovely threads you can use to create different textures.

Cotton – 6-stranded such as DMC or Anchor; can be separated into 1 or more strands.

Perle cotton, comes in different thicknesses, with the higher the number, the finer the thread.

Silks – floss silk such as Madeira. This is untwisted with a high sheen. Can be separated into 4 strands.

Synthetic threads – come in a smaller range of colours than cottons but are shinier.

Metallic threads – come in different thicknesses, but thicker threads need to be couched, as pulling through fabric causes them to splinter.

DMC threads have have a great website at, it is well worth a browse.

I have just had an article published at - hope you enjoy it, it is a lighthearted look at learning about patchwork and quilting.

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