Let’s say you want to do some Halloween stitching.Let’s also say you want to enhance the scare factor by making some parts glow-in-the-dark. What threads can you choose to get this effect?
Kreinik makes glow-in-the-dark threads in metallics in several sizes. You’ll know these because the numbers all have “F” after them. Their conductive thread is very fine, conducts electricity and can be combined with other threads. Although not glow-in-the-dark per se, it will glow under correct circumstances.
DMC makes several colors of glow-in-the-dark threads as part of their Light Effects line. These are six-strand like floss.
Sundance makes a tubing that can light up. This isn’t glow-in-the-dark but it will conduct electricity to glow.
Rainbow Gallery makes several glow-in-the-dark threads. ZooEyes (a metallic blend) has a glow-in-the-dark color. There are several colors of Neon Rays + that glow-in-the-dark. They also make flourescent colors in several other thread lines that will coordinate nicely with glowing threads. I like using some shades of Water n’Ice to look like glow-in-the-dark tubes or clothing in daylight.
Tips for Using Glow-in-the-dark Threads
- These threads must be exposed to light to glow when its dark. Don’t expect them to glow if they are kept in dark or dim rooms.
- These threads will not glow all night long, they glow for a limited amount of time. In order to get them to glow again you will need to expose them to bright light again.
- If you plan on viewing your project when it’s glowing, plan areas that you want to glow so they will show up. For example if you are stitching a skeleton and want it to glow, stitch the bones in glow-in-the-dark thread and the surrounding area in a matte thread. Then the skeleton will show up in the dark.