Updated June 25, 2019
In the past few years, several new brands of wool for needlepoint have come on the market. This has been after several years where it seemed that wool for needlepoint was an endangered species at best.
Colonial Persian Yarn from Colonial Needle is one of these. As I wrote in a previous post, this yarn is spun by the same company that spun JCA’s Paternayan Persian. It comes in hanks and on cards.
I tested this wool for the blue-violet on the tote pictured here. The canvas is 13-mesh and one strand was used. As you can see I got good coverage from the single strand. The canvas was painted turquoise so it’s easy to see how good the coverage is.
In comparison with Paternayan Wool from Saco, I felt this thread was just a shade thinner. Clearly though, this doesn’t affect the stitching.
The three strands are even in width and the colors are solid. It worked well for both Tent and textured stitches. It’s become my go-to wool. I particularly like that it’s available in hanks (great for large projects and backgrounds) and on cards. When Persian Wool was the only needlepoint thread around, it often bothered me that it was hard to find wool in smaller quantities.
It’s a lovely wool. I would not hesitate to mix brands of Persian wools in the same project, picking the brand based on color choice.
Because Colonial also distributes John James needles as well as several popular needlepoint designers (Lee, Silver Needle, and Kelly Clark), this wool will be easy for your shop to order.