Types of Hand Embroidery Thread

Embroidery is not just about sewing; it’s also about choosing the right embroidery thread for your project. Yes, there are different types of hand embroidery thread out there and each one serves a very specific purpose. If you are just learning this craft, it is important that you familiarise yourself with these variations.

If you don’t know what these threads are for, you might end up with a disastrous project. Just think about that red bullion knot stitch you painstakingly sewed in your white throw pillow and seeing your pillow turn bloody red after a first wash. Can you just imagine the frustration after spending hours on end making that project only to have it ruined because you carelessly chose the wrong thread?

Get to know the different hand embroidery thread so you can create long lasting art pieces.

  1. Stranded Embroidery Cotton Thread

Out of all the threads, the stranded embroidery cotton thread is the most popular and the most in-demand thread when doing embroidery projects. Some people also prefer to call it embroidery floss. If you take a closer look at each strand, you will discover that it is actually made from two thin strand fibers twisted closely together. If you are a fan of cross-stitching, this is your go-to thread. You can also thread your needle using six strands or you can separate it, it all depends on the project you want to achieve. The embroidery floss is available on different fibers including silk, rayon, and cotton.

Types of Hand Embroidery Thread

  1. Perle Cotton or Pearl Cotton

Compared to the stranded embroidery cotton thread, the Pearl cotton is heavier. However, it comes in different ‘weights’. Since the Pearl cotton thread has a textured effect, it will look amazing on cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery. This is also the option if you want to create tassel earrings.

  1. Rayon Floss

Typically, Rayon floss is the thread of choice for those who like shiny and bright colored threads. Out of all the hand embroidery threads in the market, this is by far the shiniest of all. Unfortunately, using this thread can be very challenging to work with because it can tangle and knot quite easily. To prevent such problems, you can opt for shorter lengths or you can wet the thread before using it to give it moisture.

  1. Metallic Hand Embroidery Thread

From the name itself, the metallic shine of this thread type is used to highlight other techniques in embroidery. Unfortunately, metallic threads easily tarnish but you cannot discount its unique appeal.

  1. Crewel Yarn or Wool

The Crewel Yarn is made of fine natural wool and is mostly used in cross-stitch, wool embroidery, tapestry work, and needlepoint.

  1. Tapestry Yarn

If you’re looking for a soft yarn that you can use on canvas, this is the yarn you need. Usually, tapestry yarn is used in crewelwork and needlepoint projects.

  1. Silk Threads

When it comes to fine embroidery, you can never go wrong with silk threads. The nice thing about silk threads is that it comes in beautiful and vibrant colors, which gives you plenty of options. Unfortunately, they can fade quite easily and when washed, there’s always the possibility that it will bleed and stain the canvas.

  1. Knitting Yarn

As the name implies, obviously, this yearn is used primarily for knitting. This type of yarn varies in terms of thickness, which is referred to as ‘yarn weight’.

There you have it, the different hand embroidery thread types you need to know about. It is very crucial that before you start a project, you have to know what that thread is all about so you can create flawless and perfect craftwork projects. This blog post will serve as your guide if in case you plan to start a new project. At least now you know what type of thread you need.

Out of all the threads, the three most commonly used and are highly popular is wool, silk, and cotton. You have to keep in mind that when it comes to embroidery designs, dimension and texture greatly matters because these are what get noticed first. You have to be extra picky about your thread for your specific projects. Now that you know, you are now ready to shop for the right threads! Good luck!