We are often asked what threads we use for our
kits, so here is some information on our favourites but do keep in mind that these
are personal preferences.
Before we start, a little about threads
Dark cards are best stitched with light metallic threads as their
high sheen picks up the light and throws the stitching
Light cards need to have good contrasting colours -
white iridescent thread disappears completely, as do the
variegated pastels such as those recommended for the
Colour on colour - for instance red on red card - works
reasonably well with the metallic threads.
It is useful to keep a sample of test threads on different card colours
Tend to be much finer than the machine threads, which makes it easier when using
combined colours for special effects, as on the
Strelitzia or for tassels on the Fans.
Gutermann's™ Metallic range is quite spectacular
Magenta Metallic 5385 for the
Hummingbird & Japanese Fan
(not to be confused with their rayon thread of the same
Kingfisher Blue - Gutermann™ Metallic 483
perfect for the Seahorse
Charcoal - Gutermann™ Metallic 9360 - Dolphins
Green - Gutermann™ Metallic 400 is an excellent colour for leaves - it is a green which tends
more towards yellow than to blue
Mettler™ Has a slightly more limited colour
range but the thread itself is our favourite - the metallics in particular are
smooth and relatively knot free.
- Gold & Silver - Although
most of the thread producers have these in their
range, Mettler™ is by far the best
quality for stitching cards. It is supple and can be used in longer lengths as it has
less tendency to knot.
- Mettler Metallic™ 9924 - can
be used in place of plain gold for the Penny
Farthing or as a single colour on a Mandala
- Mettler Metallic™ 1134 -
WonderFil™ also make a good range of extra shiny metallic twists but
they do have a tendency to tangle - remember to thread from the end
you've just cut!
Metallic/Rayon Combination Threads:
iridescent threads add an extra sparkle
and are particularly attractive on Geometrics, Fans and wings of all sorts.
DMC™ make a good range of colours,. 100 metres on a reel.
White Iridescent or
Mother of Pearl - DMC™ 4300
Wings for the Butterfly, Fairy or Bee or the bubbles on the
Black/rainbow Iridescent DMC™ 4270
A lovely thread suitable for the body of
the fish or even the Dolphins.
Black/Gold DMC™ 4251
Owl eyes or anywhere that uses black - it is warmer than plain black, which
tends to look rather
- DMC™ 4015
Perfect for Xmas cards
Blue - DMC™ 4038
Blue Wren or anything needing a true blue
Green - DMC™ 4052
Variegated - DMC™ 4260
Used on the Fans &
Flower Mandala and also the Baby Carriage
Green - DMC™ 4057
Great for Xmas themes
Have an excellent range of "sparkly"
threads, but are rather expensive with only 100 metres on a spool. Perfect for the Butterfly and
Fairy top wings - use a plain metallic
for the lower wings
Mettler™ machine embroidery poly threads are what we refer to as "Silkies" which
we use almost exclusively and which come in a wide reange of colours.
WonderFil™ rayon threads are intended for machine embroidery and are
rather fine but have a lovely silky finish and are easy to use.
Large range, 150 metres on a spool and usually half the
price of most other makes.
Gutermann™ Excellent range of colours - 200 metres
on a reel.
Madeira™ The new range of machine embroidery threads is slightly
heavier than usual and just perfect for stitching cards - a good colour choice
but as there is 1000 metres on a reel, a bit pricey!
One of our Madeira favourites is Black/green Iridescent
- 490 Used for the Peacock (quite hard to find)
Embroidery Skein Threads:
best on the open-spaced geometrics. In
particular, Anchor™ variegated
threads create subtle variations in colour over
relatively short sections. The texture is slightly fluffy but
the colourings are rather attractive.
Owl's chest (Brown/Cream)
The Unicorn's flower necklace
(1335 Pastel Rainbow)
Variations on the
THREADS TO AVOID:
Anything which fluffs excessively or splits -
unfortunately the Madeira Glamour™ thread (which comes in a
lovely range of colours) can't take the
friction caused by pulling it through the holes, so it
is not recommended for cards.
Lurex single strand - this is not a thread as such, but
actually a strand of plastic without the addition of
entwined thread. It stretches when used, knots and can be
difficult to control.