I'm interested to know whether anyone has tried using the above for needlelace and whether any disadvantages have been noted. Tx.

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I have not tried 6 strand floss.  It is very fragile.  I doubt it is strong enough. And one tiny break could make a section of the lace unravel itself.  

However I have used their Coton a Broder (Broder cotton).  It is a single strand, quite soft and very flexible, so it loops well, much softer and more flexible than cordonnet, which is actually a crochet and tatting cotton.  Broder cotton comes in a lot of colors but you have to search for a supplier on the internet. It also comes in several sizes.  The colors are usually in #12 or #16. The #12 is comparable to pearl 12. The white and ecru come in more sizes, down to #30 and even finer.  It is not as shiny as pearl cotton, but doesn't have that highly visible twist.

Thank you for your feedback, It is appreciated. Am now off to hunt it down,

One strand of embroidery floss is Ok to work needlelace with, but it makes Very soft lace, and has very little "body" and is a bit floppy.

Thank you Liz, will give it a wide berth. Have managed to source Broder Cotton. I love experimenting with different threads to see what effect is produced. Sometimes it works well with a specific stitch,other times not, so all learning curve. I've learnt that threads have their own integral 'behaviour', as do flowers of course.
Hi. Quilting threads can be good. I have used the Madeira King Tut and well as a thread called Sulky, not sure of the manufacturer though. But really any thread that is cotton or silk is good. Guttermans silk thread good as well. I don't think I have ever used a linen Thread as I think it wouldn't be strong enough or easy to work with as it can be slubby. Crochet cotton or tatting threads as good although they are quite highly twisted, they are stiffer than others. My purple and pink/green flowers are worked in them. The dark pink one was done in DMC perle 8 although this is a very soft thread, it works well. Depends on what you are making and what you want it for. There are lots of lace suppliers on line who sell all sorts of threads so how about looking at one of them. Jo Firth, Roseground, Makit, Mainly Lace or Church Meadow Crafts are all in the Uk and easy to deal with. And they take credit cards!


Maureen Bromley said:
Hi. Quilting threads can be good. I have used the Madeira King Tut and well as a thread called Sulky, not sure of the manufacturer though. But really any thread that is cotton or silk is good. Guttermans silk thread good as well. I don't think I have ever used a linen Thread as I think it wouldn't be strong enough or easy to work with as it can be slubby. Crochet cotton or tatting threads as good although they are quite highly twisted, they are stiffer than others. My purple and pink/green flowers are worked in them. The dark pink one was done in DMC perle 8 although this is a very soft thread, it works well. Depends on what you are making and what you want it for. There are lots of lace suppliers on line who sell all sorts of threads so how about looking at one of them. Jo Firth, Roseground, Makit, Mainly Lace or Church Meadow Crafts are all in the Uk and easy to deal with. And they take credit cards!
Not to mention the Egyptian cotton and Presencia Finca threads. Oh the choice out there is vast. I am lucky I have got lots of different types of threads so when I want to try one I just go to my stash and hopefully it is there. If not then there will be a lace day or other event coming up to go to and stock up.
thank you Maureen,this is great, you've recommended some sites that I am not aware of. I have ordered previously from SMP but the first time I searched for them I was taken to a bondage site - whoops! there is so much choice out there and as a beginner it's difficult to be sure what is suitable, especially during the adrenaline rush. when I see all that colour and choice I immediately become quite lightheaded. Some have a weakness for shoes, mine I think is thread. I should be able to get quilting thread through our textile group as our president owns a shop and is always bringing along bits and pieces to tempt us. I note Sew and So have reasonably priced Broder cottons too and offer excellent service. Roseground I've discovered is only about thirty minutes away too, so I'm hoping they are not solely mail order? Now off to check out those sites.
Most lace suppliers operate from their home so are not shops as such. But some will let you visit if you make an appointment. The best thing is to ask. There will be a lace suppliers after at Harrogate 29 March at the show ground where there will be lots if goodies to see and buy. But only take what you can afford to spend! Needlepaws will be there and they sell needlelace stuff. They do, I think have a website and Anne is helpful and a lovely lady.
A fair at Harrogate , now that would make a lovely day out especially if I can get others involved too. Will let the train take the strain. Is it at the show ground where they have the RHS garden shows? If it is I know it well. our Ikebana group has exhibited there for the past few years.it is very easy to lose ones head at these fairs. I have taken to cataloging my threads as my eye always hones in on the same colours and I've ended up with Double colours before now, so am always consulting my list. Yes,I know Anne, I have met her several times, she is lovely and so helpful. I have bought one of her wooden pillow boxes. I find it much easier having this pillow as being left handed it means I can tension freely with my right hand. I've bought Stef Francis thread from her but as yet I have not tried it. It's variegated, bright and beautiful.
Yes it is at the Yorkshire show ground. There are all sorts of things there, including the quilt show in August/September. Another supplier for silk threads is Pipers, Suffolk. They do have a website and are very helpful. I vary between sometimes using a pillow and sometimes not. Always used to but having been on a workshop with Cathy Barley, I tend to swop about a bit. But it is, in my view, a case of doing what works best for you.
I'm currently doing cordonette work but unable to get a flow going. I too keep switching between the two. Also working with a magnifying lamp as cotton fine and trying to get edge to edge contact. working from inside to out. Am going to produce myself a master list of all these suppliers for future reference.

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