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DMC Retors d'Alsace #12 3 Replies

I had never heard of this product until I read a post by Yolande. My curiousity led me to order a few skeins from a lafy on Etsy. The thread is gorgeous. Lustrous beyond belief and supple in the…Continue

Started by Kathy Neal. Last reply by Kathleen Minniti Jun 1, 2016.

Your favorite thread 10 Replies

So, I made a visit to my local craft store today and realized I was completely out of my depth in terms of what thread I wanted to use.  I think perhaps I was just overwhelmed with choices and…Continue

Started by Leslie Edens. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Jan 17, 2016.

Thread Equivalents 11 Replies

Some thread equivalents:thread numbers are very confusing, I agree. Crochet is usually worked on a relatively coarse scale compared to traditional needle lace. Crochet cotton 30 is a little thicker…Continue

Tags: thread equivalents, threads for needle lace, threads for lace

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Teri Dow Nov 21, 2014.

DMC Embroidery cottons 19 Replies

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

Started by Teri Dow. Last reply by Teri Dow Jan 14, 2014.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 14, 2014 at 3:24pm

Teri, there are no idiots.  Just people with questions.

Comment by Teri Dow on January 14, 2014 at 3:08pm
Lorelei,thanks for providing this very informative reply. I'm glad I asked. I half feared it was something really obvious and that my question would have made me look an idiot.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 14, 2014 at 3:07pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 14, 2014 at 2:56pm

There was a discussion on arachne within the last year

My understanding is that the first number is the size, the thickness, of the thread, and the 2nd number is the number of plies twisted together.

Originally, back in the deeps of time (say 1980) the first number was arrived at by calculating the number of yards in a pound. So for linen 840 yards per pound was a size 1. 1680 yards per pound is a size 2.  (I could be wrong about the exact number of yards per pound.) And then meters became an issue. So there are European size numbers based on meters and American numbers (I think) based on yards.  That arachne discussion I mentioned went into all this in great detail. If I can find it, I'll post it. Or you'all could search through the link I posted above.

Comment by Teri Dow on January 13, 2014 at 6:05pm
I've been researching threads and noticed a lot of threads have two numbers allotted to them. Could someone please advise what these numbers are - apologies for being dense!
Comment by Lakshmi R on December 10, 2013 at 4:11am

Elizabeth ma'am I do tatting and crochet .. crochet the most .. no i don't need magnifier not till now although I do wear glasses 

Will try out the threads too ma'am.. I guess trial and error method is the only way :)

Crochet cotton is ok as I have loads of it :D

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 9, 2013 at 8:00pm

It depends a lot on your eyesight, as to what threads to use.

I think the #80 crochet cotton is good if you can see well.. The tatting cotton comes in a variety of colours if you like coloured work, or you can get the larger balls of white.

Try using a crochet cotton to start with, I think. If your eyes are not too good, then use a thicker crochet cotton, and enlarge the pattern a bit. A #40 crochet cotton might be suitable.

Do you do embroidery or something similar?  If so, do you need a strong magnifier to do the needlework? Without knowing these sorts of details it is hard to recommend a thread size.

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 9, 2013 at 9:36am

what threads are Ideal for absolute beginner ??

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 10, 2013 at 6:45pm

I, too, have shopped Very successfully with Josco Lace supplies.  She is a lacemaker herself, so is able to give good advice and help.

And she is usually quick getting the goods in the post, too. 

(Usual disclaimers - no personal link , just a happy customer!)

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 10, 2013 at 2:50pm

A great website for buying threads, having dealt with them before and recieving the goods before payment, I am more than happy with them.


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