Wool, silk, cotton, or metallic — needlepoint thread is an endlessly fascinating subject. Even so, with so many wonderful threads out there for stitching, it’s easy to get confused. This section of All About Needlepoint is your guide to thread.
In it, you can learn about the different types of needlepoint thread, dye lots, dyeing methods, and fibers (cotton, wool, silk, linen, and metallic).
You can also get overviews of specific types of thread, including:
Thick silk/wool blends
Finishes in Kreinik Threads
Pearl (Perle) Cotton
There are also articles on specific topics dealing with threads, like:
Testing a thread for colorfastness to be sure your needlepoint can be wet-blocked.
How to Strip & Reassemble Threads
Shine as a texture in threads
How to Handle a Dyelot Change
Dyelots in Caron Collection Threads
Easy Ways to Build your Thread Stash
Ways to use overdyed threads
Loft and the difference it makes
how much thread to buy
I’ll help you learn how to put together a thread notebook, letting you know how to read a thread label, test drive a thread, and how to make thread substitutions easily.
Finally, you can read reviews of specific threads. I’ve taken the trouble to try out new threads, so you don’t have to. Each thread reviewed here and in the Thread Category of my blog, Nuts about Needlepoint, has information about the thread and ideas for how to use it in your needlepoint. New thread reviews are added to the blog regularly, so check back often.
There are so many threads out there that no needlework store can stock them all, but with the help of All about Needlepoint, you will find lots of needlepoint yarn to try and lots of ideas for using it.