Friday, April 25, 2014

A New Thread

We got a new thread in at the shop and I am always delighted by the opportunity to play with something new. 

This is Silk Straw by Silk Road Fibers being produced Alchemy Yarns and marketed by the Needlepointer out of Everett, Washington. 

It's 100% silk. There's 11.1 yards on a card which is pre-cut into 8 lengths about 50" long. 

So far I've only played with it to make smooth stitches. Which is does quite well. It's very soft and pliable. In fact, these stitches are smooth and pet-able (is that a word?)

Tremendously easy to work with. In fact, I didn't even use a laying tool, just my finger to stop it from twisting. Next up, trying to make it twist. I've got some branches to stitch and I might try this thread.

I also had just recently done a stitch sample with the Thread Gatherer's Sea Grass which is very similar, only it's 100% cotton. Both look like they should be a pain to stitch with, but both are remarkably easy.

The blue photo is the Silk Straw.

The light green is the Sea Grass. 


4 comments:

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I like them. I think Sea Grass is slightly narrower and better for tent stitches on 18 count but I used stem stitches and Silken Straw on my Japanese Tea House and let the thread twist any old way to make a maple tree. I think it worked out very well. The Silken Straw has a bit of silk sheen to it. It doesn't look like paper like Sea Grass does.

Anna van Schurman said...

Pretty silk. My best friend from college is from Everett! :-)

Judi Fortune said...

I just bought some straw silk that I want to use for a long pole on which hangs little ornaments. If you do some longer stitches with this silk, I'd be interested in it. I also bought my straw silk from the Needlepointer in Everett!

Judi Fortune said...

I just bought some straw silk that I want to use for a long pole on which hangs little ornaments. If you do some longer stitches with this silk, I'd be interested in it. I also bought my straw silk from the Needlepointer in Everett!