COUCHED METAL THREADS - TYPE #1

Below are couched metal threads where the ends of the threads are typically taken to back of the work.

The threads are made up of a soft fibre core wrapped with a fine metal thread or foil.

Check Thread  |  Flatworm  |  Large Back   Passing Threads   Coloured Passing

Japanese Threads: Gold Japanese, Kreinik Japan, T69 -T72  |  Rococco  Standard Lurex Thread

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Metal threads are packaged in clear acid free plastic or paper bags or tissue paper.

Frequently Asked Questions about Metal Threads!


Examples of how the metal threads are can be used down:

Check Thread

A leaf is worked in check thread over felt padding. A single strand of the check thread is couched down at intervals in the kink of the thread for the length of the leaf. The ends of the thread are taken to the back of the work at the top and bottom of the leaf. The leaf is outline with pearl purl


Japanese Gold

The center of a Goldwork Tudor Rose petal is worked in Japanese Gold. Two strands of the Japanese Gold are sewn down over felt padding using a sewing thread of the same colour.

The Goldwork Heart is worked in Japanese thread sewn down over crochet cotton padding to create a pattern in the Heart shape.

Japanese Gold - Or nue

          

The body of the Goldwork Cardinal is worked in Japanese Gold, couching two strands down at a time over felt in the technique of Or Nue (using shades of couching down threads to sew down the strands of Japanese Gold).

The flower head of the Goldwork Tulip is also worked in Or Nue couching down one strand of Japanese thread at the time.


Passing

 

A leaf is worked in passing thread. Two strands of smooth passing thread is couched down in a sewing thread of the same colour over felt and string. The leaf is outlined with Pearl Purl.

An Or Nue Dragonfly is couched by sewing down two strands of silver passing thread with coloured silk thread and metallic threads.

The scroll of the Goldwork Passing Design is worked in passing thread and outlined with pearl purl.


Rococco

 

Three leaves of the Goldwork Heart Design are worked in Fine Rococco which is sewn down singularly over felt padding using a single strand of polyester sewing thread.

The head of the Goldwork Or Nue Peacock Feather is worked in Very Fine Rococco which is sewn down two strands at a time using red silk thread or Kreinik metallic threads.


Check Thread

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CHECK THREAD

Check Thread is made up of a wire wrapped around a cotton core. The cord has wavy (kinked) serpentine appearance and is finer, has a closer wave and is more flexible than Rococco. Check Thread is couched down singularly or two strands at a time in the same colour sewing thread or a contrasting thread. For a picture and description of how the Check Thread can be used Click Here.

Check Thread is used for filling areas of a design.

SIZE

36 x 6: Approximately 1 mm across the width of the thread.

16 x 3: Approximately 0.75 mm across the width of the thread.

8 x 2: Approximately 0.5 mm across the width of the thread.

COST

1 Yard of Gold 2% WM 36 x 6 Check Thread: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM 16 x 3 Check Thread: $6.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 1/2 Yards of Gold 2% WM 8 x 2 Check Thread: $7.40 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM 8 x 2 Check Thread: $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of Gold 2% WM 8 x 2 Check Thread: $2.50 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of Gilt 36 x 6 Check Thread: $4.00 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of Gilt 36 x 6 Check Thread: $2.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gilt 16 x 3 Check Thread: $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of 8 x 2 Check Thread: $2.00 Canadian Dollars

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Gilt Flatworm Thread

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FLATWORM

I offer two sizes of the Flatworm in gold and silver, the metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

1. GILT FLATWORM THREADS 

Gilt Flatworm threads are about ½ % of Gold on silver plated copper wrapped around a thread core and the thread has been flattened instead of rounded like Smooth Passing thread. (Gilt Smooth Passing is similar in appearance and quality to the 2% Passings).

2. SILVER FLATWORM THREAD

Silver Flatworm thread is Silver Plated wire wrapped around a thread core and the thread has been flattened instead of rounded like Smooth Passing thread.

SIZES

Threads range from No. 6 being the largest to No. 4 being the smallest

No. 6 Gilt Flatworm thread: Approximately 1 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 4 Gilt Flatworm thread: Approximately 0.75 mm across the width of the thread.

COSTS

1 Yard of FlatwormThread: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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Large Back

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LARGE BACK

Large Back is made up of wire wrapped around a cotton core. The thread is rounded and smooth in appearance and turns corners easily when using a fine tipped tweezers. Large Back is couched down singularly in the same colour sewing thread or a contrasting colour. The thread is similar to passing thread No. 7 but is about 4 times the thickness.

SIZE

Gold 2% WM Large Back: Approximately 2 mm across the width of the thread.

Gold 2% WM threads are the highest standard gold thread that can be purchased for Goldwork. 2% gold is also known as Admiralty or Government standard and are 2% gold on white metal.

COST

1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Large Back: $9.50 Canadian Dollars

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Japanese Gold Thread No. 13 (K1)

Imitation Japan Thread No. T69

Kreinik Imitation Japan Thread No. 7

Kreinik Imitation Japan Thread No. 5

Kreinik Imitation Gold Japan Thread No. 1

Kreinik Imitation Silver Japan Thread No. 1

Japanese Koma

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JAPANESE THREADS

I offer several choices in the Japanese Threads.

Japanese thread is made up of a metal foil wrapped around a thread core. Japanese threads are usually couched down two threads at the time (as it fills in the design area faster) and couched down with the same colour sewing thread or a contrasting thread in a bricking fashion. If sewn down with a contrasting thread the Japanese thread can be couched down in colour in a pattern or with a range of shades, this is known as Or Nue. For a picture and description of how the Japanese thread can be used Click Here.

The Japanese threads are most commonly used for filling in flat areas on a design in the couching method. The threads come in gold which has a shiny reflective surface or burnished gold which has mat surface and an antique appearance. The Japanese threads are synthetic thread so will not tarnish.

JAPANESE GOLD THREAD

Threads range from No. 13 being the largest to No. 8 being the smallest. The Japanese threads are the goldest in colour and with the glossiest surface. The foil wrapped around the thread core is sturdy and is less likely to untwist.

  • No. 13 (K1): Approximately 1 mm across the width of the thread.

  • No. 12 (K2): Approximately 0.85 mm across the width of the thread.

  • No. 9 (K3): Approximately 0.70 mm across the width of the thread.

  • No. 8 (K4): Approximately 0.5 mm across the width of the thread.

T69 - T72 IMITATION JAPAN THREAD

Imitation Japan Threads range from T69 being the largest to T72 being the smallest. The threads are burnished so have an antique look with a mat surface.

  • T69: Approximately 0.75 mm across the width of the thread.

  • T70: Approximately 0.5 mm across the width of the thread.

  • T71: Approximately 0.25 mm across the width of the thread.

  • T72: Approximately 0.15 mm across the width of the thread.

KREINIK IMITATION JAPAN THREAD

Kreinik Imitation Japan Threads range from No. 7 being the largest to No. 1 being the smallest. The Kreinik Japan threads are similar to the (K1), (K3) and (K4) Japanese threads but with a slightly softer foil which is not as firmly wrapped.

  • No. 7: Approximately 0.5 mm across the width of the thread.

  • No. 5: Approximately 0.25 mm across the width of the thread, comes as a skein or spool.

  • No. 1 and Cord: Approximately 0.1 mm across the width of the thread. Used to couch down the Japan threads and suitable for machine embroidery and to use in combination with other embroidery threads to add sparkle.

JAPANESE THREADS COSTS

Orders of 10 yards of Japanese threads will come in a resealable plastic bag to reduce mailing costs. Japanese threads over 10 Yards will come in separate bags of 10 yards.

If you wish the Japanese thread to come wrapped on a plastic spool (No. 8 - No. 13 and T69 - T70 Japan threads only), please let me know in special notes on the order form when checking out. There is no charge for the plastic spool but parcel mail will apply due to the bulkiness of the spool.

You may wish to purchase the Japanese Koma below to wrap the Japan thread on yourself - parcel mail applies.

JAPANESE KOMA

The Japanese Koma is a traditional wooden reel that the Japan thread is wrapped onto to keep the thread from tangling.

Japanese Wooden Koma: $9.50 Canadian Dollars

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You may order more than one size of the Japan Threads on the same order. i.e. Select No. 7 Gold Imitation Japan Thread click "Add to Cart" Button. To add another size of Japan Thread i.e. No. 5 select No. 5 Gold Imitation Japan Thread and click on the same button to add to cart. To check your order click on view cart below.

The Japanese threads are synthetic thread so will not tarnish.

Gold Japanese Thread 10 yards (9 meters) all sizes: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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Imitation Japan Thread 10 yards (9 meters) all sizes: $8.00 Canadian Dollars

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Gold T72 ImitationJapan Thread 8 1/2 yards: $6.80 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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Silver T69 ImitationJapan Thread 8 yards: $6.40 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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Silver T70 ImitationJapan Thread 3 1/2 yards: $2.80 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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Kreinik No. 7 Imitation Japan Thread 11 Yards (10 meters): $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kreinik No. 5 Imitation Japan Thread 11 Yards (10 meters): $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kreinik Imitation Japan Thread 5.4 Yards (5 Meter) Spool: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Kreinik Imitation No. 1 Japan Thread 40 meters (43 yards) Spool - Used to couch down Japan Threads: $4.95 Canadian Dollars

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

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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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Gold Passing Thread No. 5 and No. 13

Silver Passing Thread No. 6 and No. 13

Copper Passing Thread No. 6 and No. 13

Blue Passing Thread No. 13

Green Passing Thread No. 13

Red Passing Thread No. 13

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PASSING THREADS

I offer variety of colours and sizes of Smooth Passing threads; the metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

Smooth Passing is made up of wire wrapped around a cotton core. The thread is straight and smooth in appearance and turns corners easily when using fine tipped tweezers. Passing is couched down singularly in the same colour sewing thread or a contrasting colour. For a picture and description of how the Smooth Passing thread can be used Click Here.

I also offer a choice in colours of the No. 13 Passing thread which is a synthetic thread and will not tarnish.

Passing thread can be used for couching and underside couching on Or Nue designs.

1. GOLD 2% WM SMOOTH PASSING THREADS

Gold 2% WM Smooth Passing threads are the highest standard gold thread that can be purchased for Goldwork. 2% gold is also known as Admiralty or Government standard and are 2% gold on white metal wrapped around a thread core.

2. GILT SMOOTH PASSING THREADS 

Gilt Smooth Passing threads are about ½ % of Gold on silver plated copper wrapped around a thread core. (Gilt Smooth Passing is similar in appearance and quality to the 2% Passings).

3. SILVER SMOOTH PASSING THREADS 

Silver Smooth Passing thread is Silver Plated wire wrapped around a thread core.

4. COPPER SMOOTH PASSING THREADS 

Copper Smooth Passing thread is Copper wire wrapped around a thread core.

5. WAVY PASSING THREADS 

Very similar to smooth passing but with a slight kink to the surface of thread so it is a little rougher looking compared to the smooth passing threads for a older look.

5. COLOURED PASSING THREADS 

I have Gold, Silver, Copper, Blue, Green, and Red No. 13 Passing thread which is a synthetic thread wrapped around a thread core so the thread will not tarnish unlike the gold 2% WM, gilt, silver and copper smooth passing threads which are metal based and will tarnish over time.

SIZES

Threads range from No. 3 being the smallest to No. 13 being the largest.

No. 3 Smooth Passing thread: Approximately 0.2 mm across the width of the thread - best passing thread for underside couching

No. 4 Smooth Passing thread: Approximately 0.35 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 5 Smooth Passing thread: Approximately 0.5 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 6 Smooth Passing thread: Approximately 0.70 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 7 Smooth Passing thread: Approximately 0.80 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 13 Passing thread: Approximately 1 mm across the width of the thread. The No. 13 Passing is a synthetic thread so will not tarnish.

COSTS

1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Smooth Passing Thread: $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Passing Thread any Type/Colour: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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Gold Rococco

 

Silver Rococco

 

Copper Rococco

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ROCOCCO

Rococco is made up of a wire wrapped around a cotton core. The cord has wavy (kinked) serpentine appearance and is thicker and stiffer and has a more open wave than Check thread. Rococco is couched down singularly in the same colour sewing thread or a contrasting thread. For a picture and description of how the Rococco thread can be used Click Here.

The Rococco can be used for filling areas of a design and for outlines.

1. GOLD 2% WM ROCOCCO 

Gold 2% WM Rococco threads are the highest standard gold thread that can be purchased for Goldwork. 2% gold is also known as Admiralty or Government standard and are 2% gold on white metal wrapped around a thread core creating a kinked thread.

2. GILT ROCOCCO

Gilt Smooth Passing threads are about ½ % of Gold on silver plated copper wrapped around a thread core creating a kinked thread. (Gilt Smooth Passing is similar in appearance and quality to the 2% Passings).

3. SILVER PLATED ROCOCCO

Silver Rococco thread is Silver Plated wire wrapped around a thread core creating a kinked thread.

4. COPPER ROCOCCO

Copper Rococco thread is Copper wire wrapped around a thread core creating a kinked thread.

SIZES

Medium Rococco: Approximately 1 mm across the width of the thread.

Fine Rococco: Approximately 0.75 mm across the width of the thread.

Very Fine Rococco: Approximately 0.50 mm across the width of the thread.

COSTS

1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Medium Rococco: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Fine Rococco: $6.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Very Fine Rococco: $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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You may order more than one colour of the Medium Rococco on the same order. i.e. Select Gold, click "Add to Cart" Button. To add another colour i.e. Copper, select Copper and click on the same button to add to cart. To check your order click on view cart below.


1 Yard of Medium Rococco: $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Fine Rococco: $2.50 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Very Fine Rococco: $2.00 Canadian Dollars

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Dark Gold No. 371

Silver No. 380

Copper No. 371

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STANDARD LUREX THREAD

The Dark Gold Standard Lurex Thread No. 371, Silver Lurex Thread No. 380 and Copper Lurex Thread No. 371 are very similar to Passing thread but with a synthetic thread wrapped around a cotton core instead of a real metal thread.

The great thing with this thread is that it does not tarnish but has the appearance of a real metal thread.

The thread is straight and smooth in appearance and turns corners easily when using fine tipped tweezers. The thread can be used in the same method as couching down Smooth Passing. For a picture and description of how the Smooth Passing thread can be used Click Here.

This is a suitable goldwork thread for the plaited braid stitch and for filling areas in couching and for Or Nue where you do not want the thread to tarnish.

SIZE

Approximately 0.35 mm across the width of the thread - Same size as No. 4 Passing Thread. Synthetic thread so will not tarnish, good alternative to passing thread.

COSTS

10 Yards of Standard Lurex Thread: $2.50 Canadian Dollars

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Tambour Thread

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TAMBOUR THREAD

A fine real metal thread that can be used for couching down other metal threads such as passing thread, rococco, check thread and Japan thread. The thread is made of a fine metal wire wrapped around a fine thread core. The thread will tarnish over time. If you want an alternative synthetic thread then you can use the No. 1 Japan thread.

COSTS

1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Tambour Thread: $1.20 Canadian Dollars

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10 Yards of Gilt Tambour Thread: $6.00 Canadian Dollars

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