Looking to add tinsel to your Christmas needlepoint? Kreinik’s micro-ice chenille easily creates the look of tinsel in metallic colors.
I used it on the tree in this KCN round. The realistic finish makes the tree the focal point.
Micro-ice Chenille comes in three-meter spools and is available in 15 colors.
The size and texture of this thread mean you cannot stitch with it; you must couch it. Although with some couched threads you can start them on the back of the canvas, you can’t do that with this thread. Begin to couch at one end of the area, putting a couching stitch at the very beginning of the line to secure the end. If you don’t want to stop and start, plan your path for this thread. That’s what I did, in places I put the thread over areas that were not painted red to make a continuous line.
When you couch use a matching thread. Here I used a thin red metallic. This disappears against the chenille. Also, couch more closely when the line curves.
Although couching is not my favorite technique, I love the look of this thread. I recommend it.