When I started to needlepoint in 1980, wool, namely Persian, was it. Even a decade later, wool was still the predominant thread used, with Medici crewel wool joining Paternayan as the most popular thread. But by the early 2000s wool had almost disappeared from the needlepoint market. Few wool threads were available, I even got told by a thread manufacturer that there was “no market” for wool when I suggested that not having a 100% wool thread in his line was a gap. I thought he was missing a significant opportinoty.
How things have changed!
Today wool is experiencing a surge in popularity. There are many new companies, making wool in several weights.
This in-depth blog post from KC Needlepoint goes into detail about these threads, including several wool blends.