I’ve noticed that as all forms of needlework become less fussy, folks are looking for easier ways to use threads. These are threads that come packaged in sizes where you can just cut a stitching length and begin working on your project. For needlepointers, this shows in the many threads that are cut & go. For decades the only cut & go thread for us was pearl cotton, and many shopowners frowned on its use for needlepoint (hard to believe but true). Today we have so many of these easy-to-use threads; they can make stitching a breeze.
For other needleworkers, these could be thinner threads, or they could be floss put up with fewer strands. Today I want to highlight a few of these, some new to me, some older.
Soy Luster is a thread made from the by-products of tofu manufacturing and is made by The Pure Palette. It comes in solid and variegated colors with three shades of the same color in one skein. Although nothing on the packaging says this, it’s about the same thickness as two strands of floss.
Sulky Petites is a spooled thread where one strand is equal to two strands of floss. It comes as single spools or in collections of six colors. The spools have 50 yards of thread on them. Most of the shades are solids, but there are some multi-colors and variegated shades called Blendables. I just bought a collection of these & they can be seen in the picture above on the left.
The manufacturer says these are 12-weight threads. This is a term I have seen before referring to threads. If you can shed some light on this term, please add a comment.
Valdani 3-strand floss comes in a huge variety of solid and variegated colors. It’s packaged in balls that have 27m of thread on them. Three strands is an odd number of strands for needlepoint. I have used this size of thread instead of four strands on 18 mesh and it looks great.
Cosmo punch needle thread A new thread to me is Cosmo’s punchneedle thread. It’s the soft green thread on the smaller spool in the picture. The spool has 30m on it. This thread, like the Valdani floss, has three strands of floss. Both threads are packaged this way for punchneedle. The Cosmo thread comes in 20 colors, with, I think, color numbers matching those of the 6-strand floss skeins.
Weeks two-strand floss is packaged on 45 yard spools. There are 30 colors in the line. I love Weeks floss and I am excited about the larger size of this package,