PADDING AND SEWING THREADS

To create 3 - dimensional effects in Goldwork one of the following forms of padding can be used.

Kreinik Metallic Braids and Cords and Ribbons   |  Kreinik Japan Thread No. 1  |  Red Au Ver A Soie Silk Thread

Au Soie 100/3 Silk Couching Thread  |  Polyester Sewing Thread  |  Beeswax  |  Felt Polyester and Wool

Soft Cotton Thread  |  Goldwork and Beading Pad (Velvet Board)

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Kreinik Silver #4 Braid 002

Kreinik Gold #4 Braid 002J

Kreinik Silver #4 Braid 001

Kreinik Black #4 Braid 005

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Kreinik #4 Braids

Kreinik #4 Braid is a rounded thread that is used alone and offers texture and dimension to embroidery techniques.

The #4 Braids are suitable for embroidery stitches as used in the Modern Jacobean designs and for working on counted embroidery such as Blackwork (used on the blackwork peacock, blackwork kingfisher and the blackwork pheasants designs) and canvas work.

REEL SIZE                                            

11 Meters (12 Yards)

COLOURS (METALLIC) AND COSTS

Reel of Kreinik Metallic #4 Braid : $5.50Canadian Dollars

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Kreinik Holographic Chromo Gold

#4 Braid  002L

Kreinik Holographic Solar Silver

#4 Braid  001L

Kreinik Holographic Coptic Copper

#4 Braid  021L

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Kreinik Silver Cord 001c

Kreinik Carnival Cord 209c

 

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Kreinik Cords

A single ply, tightly wrapped metallic thread which can be used to sew down Japan threads and for outlining, over stitching, backstitching or in combination with another thread when working hand embroideries. When used to backstitch, the cord gives a clean outline that lifts the element of the fabric and creates dimension. The thread will also work for machine embroidery and quilting.

REEL SIZE                                            

50 Meters (54 Yards)

COLOURS AND COSTS

Kreinik Cord 50 meters (54 yards) - Used to couch down the Japan Threads: $4.95 Canadian Dollars

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Antique Gold Cord used to sew down Rustic Gold and Oriental Bronze No. 5 Japan Thread

Antique Copper Cord used to sew down Chocolate No. 5 Japan Thread

Confetti Cord used to sew down Bright Magenta No. 5 Japan Thread


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Kreinik Gold 002J 1/8th an Inch Ribbon

 

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Kreinik 1/8th of an inch Ribbon

Kreinik Gold 002J 1/8th of an inch Ribbon: A lovely bright gold metallic ribbon used to embellish counted embroidery, surface embroidery and metal thread embroidery. Couch down with Kreinik Gold 220J #4 Braid or Gold Japan Thread No. 1.

REEL SIZE                                            

10 Meters (11 Yards)

COLOURS AND COSTS

Kreinik Gold #002J 1/8th of an inch Ribbon: $5.95 Canadian Dollars

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Imitation Gold Japan Thread No. 1

Imitation Silver Japan Thread No. 1

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Japan Thread No. 1

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A single ply, tightly wrapped metallic thread for outlining, over stitching, backstitching or couching a thicker thread. When used to backstitch, the cord gives a clean outline that lifts the element of the fabric and creates dimension. It is also ideal for machine embroidery and quilting.

REEL SIZE                                            

40 Meters (44 Yards)

COLOURS AND COSTS

Reel of No. 1 Imitation Japan Thread 40 meters (44 yards): $4.95 Canadian Dollars

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Black, Red, Yellow, Grey & Brown

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Au Ver A Soie Silk Thread

Red, Yellow (Gold), Grey (Silver) and Brown (Copper).

Au ver A Soie is the Manufacturer of fine silk thread and yarns in France since 1820.

Soie d'Alger is a seven fly stranded silk, each strand is twisted. The silk comes in a 5 meter pull skein which means you can pull the thread out without  removing the label.

I offer Red, Yellow (Gold), Grey (Silver) and Brown (Copper) which can be used for couching down gold and silver metal threads and for silk shading when doing goldwork embroideries.

Skein of Au Ver A Soie d Alger Silk Thread: $5.50 Canadian Dollars

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SOIE 100/3 SILK COUCHING THREAD

Soie 100/3 is a fine twisted non-divisble 3 ply spun silk and comes as a 50 meter spool

I offer four shades of the silk thread for the use in metal thread embroidery, i.e. couching down of Japan threads.

Spool of Soie 100/3 Silk Thread (50 Meters): $4.95 Canadian Dollars

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SEWING THREAD

Polyester sewing thread is used to sew down the padding and the metal threads. A yellow thread is used for Goldwork, grey thread for Silver metal threads and brown for Copper metal threads. The thread is used double to sew down purl threads and for abrasive golds such as pearl purl and is used singularly to sew down padding and couched threads such as Japan threads, rococco's and passing threads.

Yellow sewing thread is used with Gold threads, grey thread is used with Silver threads and brown is used with Copper threads.

REEL COLOUR AND SIZE                                            

Guttermann #850 - 100 Meters

COST

1 Reel of Polyester Sewing thread: $2.50 Canadian Dollars

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Small Rose (6 Grams): 1 ¼ inches Wide and ½ inch Thick

Large Rose (25 Grams): 2 inches Wide and ¾ inch Thick

Large Daisy (28 - 30 Grams): 2 inches Wide and ¾ inch Thick

Beeswax (12 grams) in Plastic Case: Wax Size - 1 5/8ths inches Wide and 3/8ths Thick

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BEESWAX

Beeswax is used to coat sewing thread. The wax strengthens the thread and gives it a smooth coating which is especially good for goldwork so that the metal threads are less likely to snag on the sewing thread and shred it. It is also used to coat crochet cotton for padding goldwork. The beeswax stiffens the crochet cotton so that when you sew down the crochet cotton padding you do not get uneven thickness to the padding caused by the tension of the stitches on unwaxed crochet cotton.

100% Pure Canadian Beeswax Yellow: I offer several sizes in the 100% pure yellow beeswax . The 100% pure beeswax goes onto sewing thread and crochet cotton smoother than the beeswax in plastic case and has a strong honey scent. Warning if you have an allergy to bee stings, 100% pure beeswax can cause swelling where it comes in contact with the skin.

The small rose is ideal for a few projects.

100% Pure Yellow Beeswax Small Rose -1 inches wide and inch thick: $1.50 Canadian Dollars

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100% Pure Yellow Beeswax Large Rose - 2 inches wide and inch thick: $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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100% Pure Yellow Beeswax Large Daisy - 2 inches wide and inch thick: $5.95 Canadian Dollars

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Beeswax in Plastic Case: I carry a wax that comes in a plastic case with slots, the wax is held with in the case so that the hands do not get coated in the wax and the wax does not get dirty. The thread is run through the slot in the plastic case and is coated in the wax. Brush of any excess wax from the thread before sewing with it. This wax is made from parafin wax and only has a small percentage of beeswax and is good for people with allergies to bee stings. The wax has no scent. It leaves more residue on the sewing thread than the 100% beeswax, which can transfer onto the fabric if not careful.

Beeswax in Plastic Case: $1.59 Canadian Dollars

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Yellow Polyester Felt

Honey Biscuit Wool Felt

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FELT

Felt makes an excellent padding material or foundation fabric to apply Gold threads over top.

Several layers of felt padding can be applied to the design for a raised effect. When padding an area with more than one layer of felt it is best to cut the underneath felt layers slightly smaller. Sew down the small layers first and finish of with the largest layer on top. The largest piece of felt covers the edges of the smaller pieces so that the edges do not protrude between the metal threads sewn over the top.

Felt makes an excellent ground fabric even if padding is not required in the design. A single layer of the felt can be sewn down onto the ground fabric and the gold sewn over top. If there are gaps between the applied metal threads these gaps are less likely to show if a felt, the same colour as the metal threads is underneath.

Yellow felt is used underneath Gold threads, white felt is used under Silver threads and brown is used under Copper threads.

Wool felt comes in limited colours, the closest colour to gold threads is honey biscuit which can be used for gold and copper threads.  Wool and polyester felt are both very similar in appearance and both are used for metal thread embroidery.

POLYESTER FELT COST

11 inch by 8 inch Piece of Polyester Felt: $0.75 Canadian Dollars

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WOOL FELT COST

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SOFT COTTON THREAD

A soft cotton thread (Bernat crochet cotton) is used to pad narrow areas such as leaves, stems and branches (see padding of branch and leaves of Cardinal Bird above). The thread can be sewn down in bunches of two, three or four threads, sewing down the threads with a single strand of sewing thread keeping the threads within the paint lines. The ends of the threads are not taken to the back of the work but are cut of sheer at the top of the work to the edge of the design. Purl's or Japan threads are the most common metal threads to be sewn over the soft cotton threads.

The thread can be applied directly on to the ground fabric, or on top of felt. (More information on soft cotton thread is detailed above in padding information).

AMOUNT                                         

50 grams (1 3/4 oz.)

Colours Available: Yellow and White

COST

Soft Cotton Thread Ball (Bernat Crochet Cotton): $2.00 CDN

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GOLDWORK AND BEADING PAD (Velvet Board)

A goldwork and beading pad is a brilliant piece of vellux/velvet like fabric which you can use to place goldwork threads and beads on so they will stay in one place rather than skidding across a table surface.

Gold threads can be cut on the surface without easily damaging the fabric and the pad stops beads and purl chips from rolling around and makes it easy to pick up the beads or purl chips with the point of the needle.

PAD SIZE

8 1/2 inch by 11 inch

COST

Goldwork and Beading Pad: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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