One of the best things about being a stitcher is getting to experiment with so many amazing threads, fabrics, and tools. This tutorial is demonstrating some of Sulky’s threads, particularly those that are great for cross stitch and embroidery. In the video demonstration I’ll be using 12 wt. Cotton Petites thread, 30 wt. cotton sewing thread, and Sulky Sliver metallic threads. You’ll see the differences between them all, how they compare to other brands, and what they look like in cross stitch and embroidery.
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For comparison purposes, one strand of 12 wt. Cotton Petites is roughly approximate to two strands of embroidery floss. There are 46m/50 yards in each spool (as opposed to 24m of “two strands” per skein of embroidery floss), and Sulky’s range has 160 colours. You can also buy some colours of the Cotton Petite thread in 330 yard and 2100 yard lengths. 130 are solid colours and 30 are variegated colours (called “blendables”, they look really pretty). For those who like complete coverage (and typically use 3 strands of embroidery floss on 14 count), they may find there’s a little too much fabric showing through, but I liked the effect of the single strand of cotton. You don’t have to worry about your threads twisting or laying flat (like you do when using two strands of embroidery floss), so your stitches always look perfect. The Cotton Petites also works well for embroidery, it has a nice density so textured stitches look nice. You also can double it (like the French knots in the sample piece) or blend it (like the woven wheel roses). The 12 wt. thread is also great for blackwork, and it has a nice dense line. The Cotton Petites thread is made in Italy. The snap cap of the spool makes it easy to store extra thread that you’ve cut too much of, and you don’t need to wind it onto bobbins.
The 30 wt. thread is great for hand or machine sewing, it creates a lovely fine line (and not fluffy like some threads can be). Each spool is 450m/500yards, comes in 130 colours, and it’s also made in Italy (and you can get some colours in 3200 yard jumbo cones as well). In the blackwork sample I’ve used both one and two strands of the 30 wt. thread, plus one and two strands of the 12 wt. thread. It creates a lovely variation in line density, I really highly recommend these two threads in combination for blackwork.
The Sulky Sliver metallic threads come in a range of 24 colours, and they are made in Japan. They can be used to add shimmer to other threads (blending it with 1-2 strands of another colour), or stitched on its own. You can also double this thread for a denser metallic effect (see photo, light pink and one silver has been doubled, and the holographic silver is a single strand).
The stitched cross stitch and blackwork samples in this tutorial came from XStitch Magazine Issue 3 (“Space”). Featured are Lucie Heaton‘s blackwork pattern “The Phases of the Moon”, and Smart Cross Stitch‘s “Micro Mission” pattern. The embroidery sample is inspired by Cristin Morgan‘s pattern in her “Hoop Dreams” book.
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