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Kreinik metallic threads: metallic floss for cross stitch and embroidery

Kreinik metallic threads: metallic floss for cross stitch and embroidery

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If you love the look of metallic threads but sometimes find them hard to work with, then hopefully this video tutorial will help you to “see the light.” I was really fortunate to have been contacted by Kreinik, a family-operated thread manufacturer in the US, and they sent me some sample threads to play with. I had heard of Kreinik and seen all the little glorious spools of metallics in needlework shops, but up until then I hadn’t actually stitched with them. I was delighted that their metallic threads are very easy to use (and look stunning), and in the video below I demonstrate how to use some of their braids and the blending filament in your projects.

 

Types of metallic threads

 

In the video I show #4 braid, #8 braid, and the blending filament. Kreinik has an extensive range of other threads (including for sewing machines), cords, ribbons, etc, so do experiment with them if you love shiny threads.

 

 

Tips for metallic threads

 

In the short video below you’ll see how easy the Kreinik threads are to stitch with. Here are some tips I mention in the video, and a few others. These tips apply to not only the Kreinik threads, but any metallic threads.

  • use shorter strands than you would with cotton embroidery floss
  • using a bigger needle can help the thread slide through the fabric more easily
  • stitch more slowly than normal
  • using the sewing method of stitching can result in your thread twisting and knotting more easily
  • you can untwist the thread and help it lie flatter by running it across a damp sponge before use
  • don’t place your iron directly on the metallic thread, have a tea towel or thin piece of fabric between the iron and the thread
  • don’t steam your pieces if they contain metallic threads (steam is hotter than dry heat)
  • use a thread lubricant like Thread Heaven if desired

 

And one tip specifically for the Kreinik braid (in the video I show the fine #4 braid) — don’t try and separate the strands. It’s braided together, you don’t separate strands like you would with embroidery floss or DMC’s Light Effects metallic threads. That’s one reason Kreinik’s braids tend to be easier to stitch with, it’s one thicker “strand”. The #4 braid is roughly equivalent in coverage to 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss.

 

And one more tip that’s not in the video — Kreinik blending filament has a “core” strand to give it stability and strength. Although some stitchers do remove this core, it’s not recommended as it weakens the thread.

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know below! And if you’d like more tips and tricks about Kreinik threads, check out Kreinik’s YouTube channel here.

 

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Kreinik metallic threads: metallic floss for cross stitch and embroidery
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If you love the look of metallic threads but sometimes find them hard to work with, then hopefully this video tutorial will help you to "see the light." In the video I demonstrate how to use some of their braids and the blending filament in your projects.
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  1. Sharon
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    I use DMC threads and I have a pattern that uses silver and light effects. The pattern is done in two threads so I have been using one folded. I tried this last night with the light effects and the thread splits, leaving broken metallic bits, this also doesn’t allow the thread to lay down properly. It is so stiff and hard to work with.

  2. Venessa Horne
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    Two questions – my pattern uses the blending filament.
    1. Should I stitch the bottom stitch plain and then blend the top with the filament?
    2. Should I stitch using the filament first or last or it doesn’t matter?

    • Dana Batho
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      Hi Venessa! The filament is meant to be blended with your main floss colour (thus the name blending filament). I have a tutorial specifically for blending threads here if you like — https://peacockandfig.com/2017/02/blending-threads-cross-stitch/. But, some people find it hard to stitch with a slippery thread mixed with embroidery floss, so they’ll do the main colour first with one strand, and then overstitch the same area with the blending filament. I’d do the main colour first, otherwise all that pretty shine could end up buried under your main colour. Hope that helps! 🙂

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