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 Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 1, 2016 at 11:10pm

Hi Lindy.  I am in Melbourne. I see you are up over the border in NSW.  I have only used cotton for Oya. Polyester threads tend to have a bit of stretch to them, usually, I think, and that makes getting an even tension more difficult. -- for me, anyway!!

Elena Dickson's Bebilla flowers book was worked in 40 crochet cotton- I was one of the proof readers, and that is what I used.  Her books usually specify 50 crochet cotton I think. she uses the hanks of Greek "Butterfly" brand cotton.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on June 1, 2016 at 1:30pm

Lindy, I recently acquired polyester Oya lace threads from two sources - one in the US and one in Greece.  What they are selling is "Turkish Polyester Thread" - I use it for tatting, but one of the ladies I bought from is also a talented Oya Needlelace maker who uses this thread for both.  They are selling through Etsy, and here are the links: for Aysemekik's page and  for Lacy Life's page.

Comment by Lindy on June 1, 2016 at 12:03pm
Hi all. I joined some years ago but now I am wanting to get into needlelace oya edgings done in polyester thread. I am from Australia and I am wishing to buy some suitable threads. I am not sure what weight, ply etc to buy. Can someone point me in the right direction please. I did look at sunnymailbox but couldn't see any suitable thread there. Thanks in advance.
Comment by Teri Dow on November 23, 2015 at 9:55am
Hi CHristiane, thank you for the recommendation. I will definitely invest in this thread. Absolutely love the old fashioned packaging too but will have to order directly from France as I'm unable to source supplies here.
Salut Christiane, je vous remercie de la recommandation. Je Vais Certainement invest in this fil. Nous avons adoré l'ancien emballage façonné trop Mais Devra commandant Directement de la France que je te suis incapable d'approvisionner ici.
Comment by Teri Dow on November 22, 2015 at 5:25pm
Fil au chinois cotton cocoons - have any members experience of using these cocoons in needle lace, and if so, do they produce a soft lace?
Fil cocons au chinois de coton - ont toute l'expérience des membres de l'utilisation de ces cocons en dentelle à l'aiguille, et si oui, ils produisent-ils une dentelle douce?
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 2, 2015 at 6:00pm

A French language explanation of the thread numbering system, both metric and English pounds, with a chart.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on October 8, 2014 at 2:09pm

margaret stevens recommends Au Papillon as a metallic gold thread for use in needlelace.

Comment by Teri Dow on July 7, 2014 at 6:18am
Apologies the link in my last post was incorrect. Correct link is
Comment by Teri Dow on July 7, 2014 at 6:04am
I've found myself nearing the end of the ball of thread to do the cordonette of the cobweb and had immense difficulty sourcing a supplier for more. Everyone must be on holiday.... However, have managed to find a supplier who answers the phone personally, no nasty answer phones, had excellent service and their website is easy to use and impressive.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on January 14, 2014 at 8:49pm

And often, Teri, the question is one many of us have been wondering about but did not like to ask!!!!!!!!! :)


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