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Which Threads Should I Use?

Weeks Dye Works hand over-dyed cotton floss is one of my favorite threads.

Does choosing threads for your needlepoint canvases leave you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated? Do all of the different options confuse you? I’ll bet you wish there was an easy way to know which threads to use on the different sizes of needlepoint canvas, don’t you? Well, I have some good news. Today, we’re gonna take a closer look at some of my favorite threads so you’ll have the info you need the next time you want to stock up!

Sound good?

Terrific!

Let’s dive in…

Since most hand-painted needlepoint canvas designs are 13 or 18 mesh, let’s divvy our threads up that way. It’s how I categorize them when I’m considering which ones to use on my projects. I think it’ll make it easier for you, too. 🙂

We’ll start with some of my favorite threads for 13 mesh needlepoint canvas.

You can use some of these threads on 18 mesh canvas, too, but I especially like them for larger mesh canvas. I’m dividing them up by fiber type so you’ll know which ones you might want to try (or avoid!). 😉

Cotton

The Caron Collection

  • Watercolours

The DMC Corporation

  • DMC 6-strand cotton embroidery floss

Weeks Dye Works

  • 6-strand hand over-dyed cotton embroidery floss

Silk

Access Commodities

  • Trebizond

Planet Earth Fibers

  • Planet Earth Silk

River Silks Ltd.

  • River Silks Silk Ribbon (4mm. 7mm, 13mm)

Silk Road Fibers

  • Straw Silk

Wool

Brown Sheep

  • Waverly Wool

Rainbow Gallery

  • Rainbow Persian

Silk/Wool Blend

  • Silk and Ivory
  • Trio

Metallic Threads

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  • Accentuate

Kreinik Manufacturing Co. 

  • #16 Medium Braid
  • 1/8″ Ribbon

Rainbow Gallery

  • Frosty Rays
  • Fyre Werks
  • Neon Rays +
  • Silk Lamé Braid 13
  • Sparkle Rays

Novelty Threads

Rainbow Gallery

  • Rainbow Angora
  • Flair
  • Mandarin Floss
  • Neon Rays
  • Rainbow Tweed
  • Very Velvet
  • Wisper

Kreinik tapestry braid #12 is a terrific metallic thread to use on 18 mesh needlepoint canvas.

And here are some of my favorite threads for 18 mesh needlepoint canvas.

Since most of the projects I stitch are 18 mesh canvas, this list is longer than the list of threads for 13 mesh canvas. 😉

Cotton

The Caron Collection

  • Watercolours

The DMC Corporation

  • DMC 6-strand cotton embroidery floss
  • Floche
  • Perle cotton #5

Threadworx

  • Threadworx Overdyed Cotton Floss

Weeks Dye Works

  • 6-strand hand over-dyed cotton embroidery floss

Silk

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  • Trebizond

Au Ver à Soie

  • Soie d’Alger
  • Soie Perlée

The Caron Collection

  • Waterlilies

Planet Earth Fibers

  • Pepper Pot Silk
  • Planet Earth 6-ply Silk

Rainbow Gallery

  • Elegance
  • Grandeur
  • Splendor

River Silks Ltd.

River Silks Silk Ribbon (4mm, 7mm, 13 mm)

Silk Road Fibers

  • Straw Silk

Wiltex Threads, Inc.

  • Vineyard Classic Silk
  • Vineyard Tone on Tone

Wool

Brown Sheep

  • Waverly Wool

Fleur de Paris

  • Bella Lusso

Planet Earth Fibers

  • Planet Earth Wool

Rainbow Gallery

  • Rainbow Persian

Wiltex Threads, Inc.

  • Vineyard Merino

Silk/Wool Blend

Brown Paper Packages

  • Silk and Ivory (long stitches)
  • Trio

Linen

Rainbow Gallery

  • Rainbow Linen

Metallic Threads

Access Commodities

  • Accentuate

Kreinik Manufacturing, Co.

  • #12 Tapestry Braid
  • 1/16″ Ribbon

Rainbow Gallery

  • Crystal Braid
  • Entice
  • Petite Frosty Rays
  • Fyre Werks
  • Glisten
  • Neon Rays +
  • Petite Silk Lamé Braid
  • Silk Lamé Braid 18
  • Petite Sparkle Rays

Novelty Threads

Rainbow Gallery

  • Alpaca 18 – Rainbow Gallery
  • Arctic Rays – Rainbow Gallery
  • Flair – Rainbow Gallery
  • Fuzzy Stuff – Rainbow Gallery
  • Mandarin Floss – Rainbow Gallery
  • Neon Rays – Rainbow Gallery
  • Patina – Rainbow Gallery
  • Rainbow Tweed – Rainbow Gallery
  • Petite Very Velvet – Rainbow Gallery
  • Wisper – Rainbow Gallery

So, there you have it – some of my favorite threads for needlepoint and which size canvas mesh I like to use them on. 🙂

If you want to learn how to pair different threads with canvas embroidery stitches, you might want to check out my new workshop!

Stitch Guides Made Simple LIVE!™ is happening on October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m . CDT on Zoom. During the workshop, I’m going to walk you through the same exact process that I use for writing stitch guides for all of my needlepoint projects. (And that includes how to determine which threads work well with different stitches.)

Click here to learn more now! 

Until next time, happy stitching…

XOXO!! ❤️
Stitch with a smile!

 

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Hi, I’m Ellen. A needlepoint teacher and author dedicated to helping motivated but overwhelmed stitchers at every stage find exactly what they need to stitch with confidence. Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the needlepoint world or you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, I’ve fine-tuned a learning experience just for you.

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