This thread is a simply lovely crewel wool from &more. An oatmeal color was used for the background of this Associated Talents Fleur de Lys. The thread is 100% Merino wool. It comes wound on cards in 31 different colors. Seven of these colors are heathered, including the one seen here.
Heathered colors are a good choice when you are looking for either a more rustic/natural look or when you want a slightly softer color. The heather colors include four greys, one almost black, and two browns. If you want to stitch black but want to avoid harshness, you might consider color LW-7027, Charcoal Heather.
I loved this thread. It is smooth and beautifully soft. &more’s website recommends using 2 strands on painted 18 mesh, 3 strands on unpainted 18 mesh and painted 13 mesh, and 4 strands on unpainted 13 mesh. Although the background on this canvas was painted, I found four strands worked perfectly. The thread was easy to stitch with an went through the canvas easily. I liked the way the thread fluffed up and made the stitches look full.
Unlike some other crewel wools, Lace Woole is quite smooth. Although often I can’t tell on the stitched needlepoint if the wool was fuzzy, like Appleton crewel, or smooth, like Lace Woole, I definitely feel the difference when I stitch. Fuzzy wools have more fibers coming off it which can feel scratchy and irritate your hands. Smoother threads are less irritating on your hands.
Because the thread is on cards, cutting multiple strands can be hard. To make this easier, I cut 2-yard lengths. I then doubled the thread by putting the cut ends together. I threaded this end into the needle’s eye and doubled again.This made threading easy and the stitching was a dream.
I have some more of this thread in green and I am looking forward to using it.