For those who love hand made lace.
I have used these threads for the pulled thread work most recently. Suggestions from others are welcome.
- Self thread. The linen is 54 inches wide so I cut off half a yard ot so and I'm cannibalizing threads from it.
Advantages: It's linen and not slick or stiff, it's the same size as the threads of the fabric, and it's strong except when it's not. I test every length before using it. You pretty well can't see the stitches when it's in place.
Disadvantages: It's slubby and occasionally breaks. Hard to see while working.
- DMC Cebelia #10, #20, and #30
Advantages: it is a relatively hard thread and a classic that is always available. Several sizes. #10 great for double backstitch.
Disadvantage: It's expensive.
- DMC Baroque
Advantage: I have a lot of this on hand and it's a nice heavy #10. Ecru is good for learning stitches with because it shows up.
Disadvantage: It's too soft.
Advantage; Comes on a big ball, lots of it, reasonable quality #10, reasonable price.
Disadvantages: Soft, and twists badly; won't use any more when I run out, etc.
- DMC Traditions:
Forget it. This is low-end, two-strand thread I don't know what it's supposed to be used for.
- DMC tatting cotton #80
Advantages: strong, tiny for fine work.
Disadvantage: tends to be slick and stiff.
- Embroidery floss, 2 or 3 strands
Advantage: You can see what you're doing and there's always some around the house.
Disadvantage: Weak and soft, and pulled thread isn't generally done in color, though I have done dark green on white burlap and it looks good!
- I would like to try DMC Cordonnet Special but I can't find it in my thread except a box of #30 in bright gold.
- I have not tried perle cotton.