When it comes to embroidered items, the thread choice can make all the difference in how the colors pop and what kind of texturing your embroidered item has. Here’s a look at a few of the main types of fabric that are used in embroidery to achieve the best results for any item.
Threads spun from satin or rayon are the type most commonly used in commercial embroidery applications, unlike the fabrics below. These synthetic threads can help provide some of the same sheen that silk offers, though. The Embroidery section of About.com notes that these threads can sometimes be “unruly to stitch with,” and recommends those using a synthetic fiber keep thread conditioner available to help manage. These synthetics are also one of the most common threads used in machine embroidery. Farmstead Embroidery can create a wide variety of looks and styles for any project. Contact us today for more information on what we can do for you.
Also commonly referred to as embroidery floss, stranded cotton comes in a wide variety of colors and styles for hand embroiderers. As the name implies, stranded cotton comes as six threads wrapped together, allowing the stitchwork to be more fine and detailed (using only one strand) or more textured and thick (all six strands). The more strands used, the heavier the embroidered section becomes.
Perle cotton, another common home embroidery thread, is only available as a single thread. This material comes in multiple sizes of thickness, allowing you to pick and choose how heavy to inlay stitchwork. Heavier perle threads tend to leave a thicker look and sit higher on fabric, giving a greater sense of depth to embroidered items, says Craftsy.
Woolen threads are a very “hairy” type, by their nature, which makes them an excellent choice for a thick, chunky look. Typically used more in embroidery projects than on stitched items, wool thread helps to create visible and tactile scenes. This helps to add a greater sense of depth and patterning that cannot be achieved as easily using other thread options.
Silk threads have a naturally glossy look, making them a great option for achieving a shiny finish to your look. Craftsy also notes that silk is the strongest of the natural threads, making it a durable and lasting option for stitching items. Spun silk and filament silk are both commonly available, and each can be used in much the same way as cotton threads to provide texturing to your items.