How to choose the right needle and thread for embroidery

Welcome back to the Thread and Fold where we showcase the latest in our framed embroideries and embroidery kits, offering an insight into our passion to the craft. In today's blog, we excitedly open our kit to showcase the wonderful items inside and why we choose the materials to share our love for embroidery with our clients. Today we offer a mini guide on how to choose the right threads and needles as featured in our handmade embroidery kits.

Choosing the right thread for embroidery kitsWe put a lot of thought into choosing the right materials when creating a kit. Having the right items of the right quality is an important decision that enables you to enjoy the relaxing, creative and calming experience of embroidery. One of, if not the most important aspects of our kits, is the threads that we supply. DMC Embroidery, a wonderful company that dates back to 1746, is our go to choice of thread maker. Not only is the quality of their products exceptional, but they offer an extensive range of colours that go from subtle pastels to strong vibrant hues. Strong dyes are used in the manufacturing process that produce threads of vivid colour that are not only extremely pliable and colourful but are long-lasting too. 

Each of the cotton threads that we use for our kits is composed of 6 thinner strands that can be split and used singly or in multiples of 2,3,4,5 and the choice of thread strands is quite important. So, we hand pick the strong yet soft DMC threads for each kit or one-off piece and this allows for the creation of wonderful textures, tones and contrasting depths. In fact, the thickness and colour of the threads, the weave of the fabric, the choice of stitches... all of these factors will work together to create the atmostphere of the finished piece.

how to choose the right thread for embroideryThe easiest way that we have found to separate the threads (without getting tangles) is to hold the end of the thread and tease the six strands apart so that you can see them individually. Then, whilst holding all six strands in one hand, get hold of a single strand with your other hand and gently pull it out until it is completely free of the other threads. If you try to do this with more than one strand at a time, then it is very likely to tangle and knot so this is a good little tip to keep in mind.

The second most important item, in our kits are the high quality John James needles that we supply. As a rule of thumb, for choosing the correct needle, you need to bear in mind the size of eye in relation to the thread and also the sharpness of the needle. The John James, Chenille No 22 is our most popular choice for our current range of kits.

The eye has to be big enough to take the thread, obviously, but not too big for the fabric you are working with. The needle and thread should pass easily through the farbic as you sew and it shouldn't leave a hole after passing it through the fabric. Slight resistance is normal but if it is difficult to pass the needle through the fabric, it's likely that the eye is too large for the chosen fabric. When it comes to sharpness, the tighter the weave of the fabric then the sharper your needle needs to be.

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