This group will be for discussion of fiber recognition, characteristics of different fibers, their pros and cons for use in needlelace--anything related to the threads themselves.

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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 Karla Barraza on August 15, 2012 at 10:09pm


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 15, 2012 at 9:05pm

The high gloss Pipers silk looked nice, but the Guttermans was easier to work with!

Comment by Karla Barraza on August 15, 2012 at 12:14am

okay, thanks! so, you liked piper's better? 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 14, 2012 at 10:29pm

I have used Guttermans silk on the blue reel  (S 303) - fairly thick but us Ok to use.

I have also used a pipers silk - 90/2 and 90/3 high gloss - which I found very slithery, and had to do a plainer stitch that I wanted, as I could not control the slither!!!  Looked nice, though, when completed!!

Comment by Karla Barraza on August 14, 2012 at 7:07pm

I'm looking at silk threads and thinking of maybe buying some, but I'm not sure which one would be best. Out of these: Guterman, Piper's, Au Ver a Soie, or YLI, which would you guys recommend? 

Comment by Karla Barraza on February 13, 2012 at 4:41pm


Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 13, 2012 at 2:37pm

Karla  Sep 27 2011.

On that date I gave a list of rough equivalents in thread sizes to another member.  That isn't exactly an answer to your question, but may be part of it.  My personal preference is for natural fibers, especially cotton and linen.  For needlelace I prefer a thread which is softer and bends easily over one that is stiff.  So, for large pieces that can use relatively large threads, I like DMC Floche, a single strand embroidery thread that comes in lots of vibrant colors.  But it is fairly thick.  Modern quilting threads come in many beautiful colors.  Manufacturers are Sulky and Aurifil.  I've used Sulky 12/2, the same size as DMC pearl 12, and I like the way it handles.  Cordonnet crochet cotton and tatting cotton are OK, but cordonnet is a tad stiff, and I prefer something a little softer.  The Egyptian cottons that bobbin lacemakers use are also very good for needlelace, and they have the softness and flexibility that I like.  They also come in very fine sizes, if you like to work tiny.

Search on the interent for "bobbin lace supplies" and you will find most of these, and "quilting thread cotton" will help you find the rest.

Comment by Karla Barraza on February 13, 2012 at 11:27am

I've been using polyester #50 thread to start out, but I want to move on to something else? What should I use? Cotton? Silk? and what size? I'm curious about size 100 and thinner thread, but I'm not sure if its a good idea until I have more practice or not.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 5, 2011 at 4:53pm
I just discovered that in california has DMC Broder cotton and Floche in colors!  Also Madeira cotona #30.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 4, 2011 at 9:27pm
One of our members asked for photos of various threads a few weeks ago.  I scanned the cards I made for myself for thread size comparisons.  Scans are in the album THREADS, link at right below member avatars.  They are all scanned at the same resolution.

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