Updated October 9, 2018
Planet Earth has a single strand silk for 18 mesh, Pepper Pot Silk, available in both solid and variegated colors. I’ve used it in many projects, including both this Lee kimono (left flower) and in my painted-stitches Christmas Tree.
It’s just a lovely silk. About the same thickness as Impressions, it is 100% silk, coming in 27 yard skeins.
A lovely, soft thread, I think it covers better than Impressions, giving full, instead of light, coverage. But because it is a thin thread stitched areas are slightly flatter than those stitched with Watercolours (right flower).
While I would not use it for straight stitches on 18 mesh, straight stitches would work well on Congress Cloth. I found longer diagonal stitches on 18 covered well, something I often find lacking in Impressions. The red areas in the striped patch use Pepper Pot.
The finish is similar to Impressions as well, a slightly fuzzy, matte texture. Pepper Pot does have slightly more shine than Impressions because it is 100% silk. If you want a smooth texture in silk, a better choice for a single-strand thread would be a silk pearl, such as Grandeur or Elegance.
I really enjoyed this thread because it was so easy to use. But stitchers who are allergic to wool will also like it because now there is a great all-silk alternative to Impressions and Gumnuts’ Poppies.
I can’t wait to use it for more projects.
Please note: These threads were provided to me for evaluation and review. I was not compensated for this review.
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I’m really enjoying your thread reviews, Janet! Pepper Pot sounds wonderful and I love the creative name. Is it as shiny as Vineyard Silk? I really like using VS for my husband’s belts but he thinks they are a little shiny. 🙂 This sounds like it may be a great alternative.
Also, is there a way to enlarge your photos? I’d love to be able to see your stitches in more detail.
Janet Perry says
Pepper Pot isn’t quite as shiny as Vineyard.
In terms of picture enlargements, it really depends on the size of the original piece. I’ll try to link in to the full-size pictures when I can.
Barbara Morris says
I love Pepperpot silks! Beautiful to touch, and wonderful, rich colors!