When choosing a thread for prick & stitch card embroidery keep in mind that the pin pricked hole in your card presents an abrasive surface to the thread. Threads with a smooth, shinny surface will withstand the abrasion better than fluffy, rough or loosely stranded threads. Thread produced for machine embroidery is often stronger and shiner than standard sewing thread. Metallic thread designed for hand embroidery is also a good choice for card embroidery. The rich metallic colours shimmer and glint when they catch the light, creating an elegant look.
Kreinik and Gutermann metallic threads:
Until recently we used Kreinik 1 ply metallic cord to stitch the card samples on our website. However, since Kreinik have discontinued the most popular colours we are now using Gutermann Sulky “Original” metallic thread.
If you are a Kreinik metallic cord user considering switching to Gutermann Sulky “Original” metallic thread, please try one spool as a test before going on a thread spending spree. This is because all brands and types of thread have their own distinctive characteristics.
Gutermann have three types of thread in their Sulky metallic range, the Original Metallic can be identified by code numbers in the 7000s. It is a round, twisted thread that is created by twisting and bonding a fine metallic foil around a strong core to create an exceptionally smooth, strong and pliable thread.
Below are the colour codes for Kreinik 1 ply metallic cord and the closest colour match in Gutermann Sulky Original metallic thread. (Disclaimer: similar colours but not identical)
|Kreinik colour||Kreinik code||Gutermann Sulky code and name|
|red||003C||7014 Christmas red|
|pink||007C||7042 prism peach|
|green||008C||7018 Christmas green|
|copper||021C||7011 light copper|
|pearl||032C||7021 prism white|
|confetti pink||041C||7024 light-blue/gold/lavender|
7052 peacock blue*
|antique gold||205C||7004 dark gold|
|7010 dark copper|
*Alternative colour suggestion.
Other threads in the Gutermann Sulky metallic range:
Sulky Holoshimmer Metallic Thread is a thin, flat, ribbon-like, (holographic) foil that is laminated with polyester, which makes it amazingly reflective so you can add the ultimate sparkle to all of your decorative projects. It can be identified by code numbers in the 6000s.
Sulky Sliver™ Metallic Thread is a thin, flat, ribbon-like, (solid-colour) foil that is laminated with polyester, which makes it brilliantly reflective so you can add the ultimate sparkle to all of your decorative projects. It can be identified by code numbers in the 8000s.
Some other brands of thread:
Mettler Metallic 40 thread has bright colours and sews well.
Madeira Solid Metallic colours and Variegated Metallics give an attractive finish.
DMC rayon skeins give a silky look.
Aurilux (satin finished polyester) from the Aurifil machine embroidery range has been used to good effect.
Tips on using thread on cards:
Use a length of thread that you are comfortable with. We suggest using about a third of a metre (14 inches) for greater control. Short lengths are less likely to get caught on the corner of your card or to knot. Short lengths also avoid excessive abrasion on the thread from repeated passes through the holes in your card.
Pull the thread completely through each hole but do not over tighten or the card will be bowed.
If your thread gets twisted then let your needle hang free to allow the thread to untwist.
Securing metallic thread on your needle so that it does not slip:
When you have cut the required length of thread, fold about 5 cm (2 inches) from one end and thread the loop through the eye of your needle. Slip the loop over the sharp end of the needle and pull it tight.
Selecting the correct size of needle.
We recommend a Number 10 embroidery needle. The main thing is that it goes through your pricked holes easily. On the other hand you do not want it to drop through because a little bit of resistance helps keep it in place whilst you turn the card over.
Visit our card gallery to see more examples of how customers have used our patterns.
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