I love Kreinik threads — both the silks and the metallic threads. As time has gone on, it has made me more and more happy that the color range available in them has become greater so it is so much easier to use them for many purposes.
To mach their outstanding threads and their wealth of knowledge about them, Kreinik has put together and outstanding website — http://www.kreinik.com. It is an outstanding and inspirational place to visit.
If metallic threads are new to you, then the site can help introduce them to you easily. The metallic section of the site describes the main types of metallic threads clearly (so you can understand the difference between high lustre, vintage, cord and basic), what you can do with metallic thread, and the history of metallic threads. There are also links where you can find each of the threads described in more detail. There are tips on using the different threads as well as information on their use in specific kinds of embroidery, fly tying and other crafts. And there is a great on-line color chart.
Kreinik also makes lovely silk threads. The home page for the silks
has outstanding information about the history of silk as well as some essential tips on stitching with silk. It even includes something I’ve never seen anywhere else — instructions to dry cleaners on how to clean pieces made with these threads! The pages on the individual threads have information and stitching tips. You can also view a color family listing of silk threads or request their color chart.
Kreinik has done an outstanding job of getting a wide variety of free patterns for many kinds of handwork from designers on their site. You can find outstanding projects for needlepoint, cross stitch, plastic canvas, hardanger, crochet, stumpwork, machine embroidery, and lots more. All are listed by technique under “freebies” Every pattern can be printed out using Adobe Acrobat.
Just looking at the needlepoint projects gives you an idea of the wide variety of material here. There are stitch guides for painted canvases, needlepoint pins, a frame, Christmas ornaments, geometrics, silk gauze and lots more. There is a real effort here to cover all the myriad of techniques where metal and silk threads can be used.
There are also sections devoted to fly tying (with free patterns) and to scrapbooking as well as information about their many stitching accessories, silk gauze and books.
I love the way this site is so clearly laid out and easy to read. The style of the pages is open and friendly. The pages load quickly and it’s always easy to find what I need to know.
I highly recommend this site if you haven’t seen it already.