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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Thread and Floss Question

Would you like to share where you like to buy thread or floss for crazy quilt embellishing. What types do you like to work with and why. This can be any type of thread or floss and any size. Just be sure to mention size, ply or any other relevant information. As I mentioned before I am lacking variegated thread. I know there are many variations of variegated as well, closely variegated, by which I mean every few inches vs every foot or more. What about hand dyed or color fastness? So give me your precious thoughts.

For you tatters, do you have a favorite brand and what size do you like to work with?


paulahewitt said...

Hi Kathy - thanks for visiting my blog and weighing in with advice! you have a lovely blog, Im glad I found it (I'll add you to google reader in which i have about 120 blogs and counting btw - i read your earlier post!

I use a lot of perle cotton size 8 - any brand. there is a brand i buy locally called oren bayan -which have some nice variegated colours, at the same price as the plain colours (sometimes the var. are more expensive). the new DMC varigated colours are nicer than the old ones - more subtle graduations. There are some absolutely beautiful hand dyed threads I covet - Oliver twists, colourstreams, stef francis and Sassa Lynne, but I cant afford to buy too much!

Judy S. said...

Hi Kathy,

I, too, like the Sassa Lynne varigated colors. Have you checked I got most of my colors from Susan's threadbuys, but when Evening Star started carrying SL threads, she quit offering them. She has some nice colors on her etsy. Is there a particular color you are looking for?


Jo in NZ said...

Sassa Lynne for me also kathy. It tends to be about a perle 8. I also buy white perle 8 & 12, and dye my own, but that can be a bit hit and miss.
Check her out for Sassa Lynne, good service and a really generous amount.

LouAnne said...

Kathy: thanks for visiting my blog and giving me a heads up about your question. I still like silk pearl from ANYwhere, YLI's pearl crown rayon and for spider webs I like to use a Coats & Clark spooled sewing thread that is metallic. It comes in many colors like gold, light gold and silver and used to be sold at our JA Fabrics. Now I have to buy it online because no one carries it. For stitching I try to visit x-stitch and needlepoint shops. They are a great place to explore and discover different types of threads. I always get the shop's card in case the thread I buy is so wonderful I have to have more.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

My favorite perle cotton is Sassa Lynne in the finer size. I also like the artfabrik perle cotton which has really vibrant coloring, but tends to be pricey.
I also love the silk variegated threads by Thread Gatherer and especially gloriana threads who has a silk perle variegated that matches the silk floss variegated. I get these from a store in Geneva, Illinois called Designers Desk.

Kathy said...

Paula, Judy, Jo, Louanne and Cheryl, thanks for stopping by and commenting on the threads you like to work with.
I will be printing all this out so I can investigate. :)

Pat Winter said...

My favorite threads are the Kreinik metallic very fine,fine,and medium braids. I find them easy to work with and they always add a nice sparkle to any stitching. I also like the silk twist threads,but always have to run them through thread magic so they won't pull or stick to my gardeners fingers :-).If I use another thread,I usually accent it with the metallic.My favorite cotton threads are Wildflowers by Caron because of the blends.

gocrazywithme said...

Hi Kathy,
I have some variegated Sassa Lynne threads and like them very much. I've done a bit of dyeing of my own using DMC perle size 8 in white and using either food coloring or more permanent dyes. As far as colorfastnest, I don't know about the food dye; I guess time will tell. But the toxicity of the permanent dyes concerns me.

JodyC said...

Hi Kathy,
I like Waterlilies and Wildflowers by Caron Collection. I know you can get them on line and there is a stitching store not too far from where I live. It is called "Welcome Stitchery", they do have an online shop

Love your blog.

Patricia said...

Loved this question and all the answers. I'm new to CQ and am learning through books. Depending on the computer to see actual works. Am finding it difficult to find supplies, thanks for the pointers in the right direction.

Pat M.