Updated April 6, 2018
I’m a huge fan of several threads that are no longer made. When I find them I buy them, even though thread is the last thing I need.
One of my favorites is Ooska. Although it’s rayon, it isn’t slippery, it’s thick, about the size of #3 pearl cotton. It has a certain amount of fuzziness unusual in rayon threads and a lovely rustic look. I used it for the brown building on the 25 Bargello Patterns sampler pictured above (if you are interested in this clas, please contact me).
Ooska is a rayon pearl from Scandinavia. Because it’s rayon it has some shine, because it’s a pearl it is MUCH easier to use than stranded rayons. But unlike #3 pearl cotton, the “pearliness” (I can’t think of another word for the texture) is not so obvious or as hard.
If you ever come across any buy it, especially if you like 14 mesh canvas. You most likely will find it on eBay, estate sales, or thrift shops.