Like many needlepointers, I shy away from rayon threads, especially stranded ones. In my experience they are too slippery to stay in needles and have so much static electricity in them that the strands don’t stay together. Even so, Rayon is the most shiny, non metallic thread and it’s wet look is perfect for many applications.
Updated October 20, 2020.
I stayed away from rayon, but some newer rayon threads, both DMC Satin Floss and Rainbow Gallery’s Panache, are making me change my mind. To test the thread I used Satin Floss for the blue background in my leaf kimono (pictured).
The background is stitched in Basketweave, alternating Satin Floss with a blended needle of Satin and Mandarin Floss. I couldn’t be happier because the Satin Floss was easy to use and control. By wetting the floss slightly, it was easier to thread and the kinks came out. It is easy to strand as well.
DMC is making many of their threads in what I call floss equivalents. This means they are packaged in pull skeins and are six-stranded. You know if four strands of floss work on 18 mesh, four strands of rayon floss will work as well. This makes choosing different threads much easier for the stitcher. Satin Floss comes in a lmited range of 25 colors.
Because It is strandble, you can easily combine it with floss or other stranded threas. In fact, I got this idea from DMC. Combining a shiny thread with a matte one made for interesting and subtle texture changes. It’s a technique I’m going to explore further.
These rayons should be in every stitcher’s bag of tricks.
Note: This thread was provided to me free of charge as part of a designer pack, not for purposes of product review.