COUCHED METAL THREADS - TYPE #2

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

The cord or twist is made up of a soft fibre core which is wrapped with a fine metal thread. Three strands of the metal thread are twisted together to make a cord.

All the threads below are made in the same method but differ in appearance. 

Cords, Twists (Torsade)  |  DMC Metallic Embroidery Thread Light Gold No. 282

Gimp Cord  |  Grecian Twist

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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:

Cords/Twists (Torsade)

The left leaf is worked alternating between working a row of twist along the length of the leaf and a row of stem stitch in green silk thread.

The leaf in the center from the Goldwork Marguerite embroidery is worked by sewing down two strands of a twisted cord. The twist is turned back and fourth across the width of the leaf and couched down with green thread on the vein lines and the edge of the leaf.

Red satin stitch drops on the Goldwork Passing Design are outlined in a single strand of No. 1 twist.


Gold Twist

Gold Twist Close Up

Silver Twists

Copper Twists

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TWISTS (Torsade)

I offer many choices of twisted threads also known as Torsade (French term).

Twists (Torsade) are twisted cords. The cords are made up of three strands of gold that are twisted into a cord. Each strand of gold is made up of a thread core with a gold wire wrapped around the core so it does not show. The twists are couched down by sewing the stitch at the same angle as the twist of the cord so that the stitches hide in the twists and are invisible. A couching down thread of the same colour is used to sew down the twisted cord. For a picture and description of how the Twist can be used Click Here.

Twists can be used for outlining and for filling shapes in the couching method.

1. GOLD 2% WM TWISTS (Torsade)

Gold 2% WM Check Purls 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. I offer four sizes of 2% WM gold Twists.

2. GILT TWISTS (Torsade) 

Gilt Twists are about ½ % of Gold on silver plated copper. (Gilt Twists are similar in appearance and quality to the 2% Twists). I offer three sizes of Gilt Twists.

3. SILVER TWISTS (Torsade) 

I offer four sizes of silver plated Twist.

4. COPPER TWISTS (Torsade) 

I offer four sizes of copper Twist.

SIZES

Threads range from No. 6 being the largest to Elizabethan Twist being the smallest

No. 6 Twist: Approximately 1.25 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 4 Twist: Approximately 1.10 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 3 Twist: Approximately 0.90 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 2 Twist: Approximately 0.80 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 1 ½ Twist: Approximately 0.70 mm across the width of the thread.

No. 1 Twist: Approximately 0.50 mm across the width of the thread.

Super Twist: Approximately 0.35 mm across the width of the thread.

Elizabethan Twist: Approximately 0.25 mm across the width of the thread.

COSTS

You may order more than one colour of  the Twist on the same order. i.e. Select Gilt No. 3 Twist, click "Add to Cart" Button. To add Copper No. 3 Twist, select Copper and click on the same button to add to cart. To check your order click on view cart below.


1 Yard of Gold 2% WM No. 6 Twist: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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30 inches of Gold 2% WM No. 6 Twist: $8.35 Canadian Dollars

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60 inches of Gold 2% WM No. 4 Twist: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM No. 4 Twist: $9.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM No. 3 Twist: $8.00 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM No. 2 Twist: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM No. 1 1/2 Twist: $6.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM No. 1 Twist: $5.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM Super: $4.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM ElizabethanTwist: $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gilt (Gold) No. 6 Twist: $4.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gilt No. 4 Twist: $3.80 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of No. 3 Twist: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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30 Inches of Gilt No. 2 Twist: $2.50 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of No. 1 1/2 Twist: $2.80 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of No. 1 Twist: $2.50 Canadian Dollars

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30 inches of Silver No. 1 Twist: $2.10 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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18 inches of Silver No. 1 Twist: $1.25 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of Super Twist: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gilt (Gold) Elizabethan Twist: $0.55 Canadian Dollars

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DMC Metallic Gold Thread No. 282

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DMC METALLIC EMBROIDERY THREAD

DMC Metallic embroidery thread is a twisted cord.

The thread is synthetic so will not tarnish and makes a good alternative to the Elizabethan Twist.

For a picture and description of how the DMC Twist can be used Click Here.

The DMC metallic thread is good for filling in shapes in the couching method. It can also be used in blackwork and other embroidery techniques as a highlight. The three strands of the twist can be separated and sewn down singularly.

DMC Metallic Embroidery Thread Light Gold No. 282: Approximately 0.30 mm across the width of the thread: Synthetic thread will not tarnish, makes a good alternative to Elizabethan Twist

COST

1 Spool of DMC Metallic Gold Cord No. 282: $5.95 Canadian Dollars

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Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Rough Gimp Cord

Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Rough Gimp Cord Close Up

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GIMP CORD

Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Gimp Cord is a twisted cord great for outlining. The cord is consists of three separate gold strands made up of a fine gold wire wrapped around a thread core. The three gold strands are twisted together to make the Gimp Cord. The strands can be separated.

SIZE AND APPEARANCE

Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Rough Gimp Cord: Has a mat appearance like the rough purl metal threads and is approximately 1.5 mm across the width of the thread

Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Bright Gimp Cord: Has a shiny smooth appearance like the smooth purl metal threads and is approximately 1.5 across the width of the thread

COST

1 Yard of Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Rough Gimp Cord: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gold 2% WM 3 Ply Bright Gimp Cord: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gilt Bright Gimp Cord: $12.00 Canadian Dollars

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Gilt Medium Grecian Twist

Gilt Medium Grecian Twist Close Up

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GRECIAN TWIST

I offer three sizes of the Grecian Twist.

Grecian Twist is made up of four strands, two strands with a smooth yet dull surface and two strands with a shiny serrated surface, all four gold strands are twisted together to make a cord. This cord is great for outlining.

1. GILT GRECIAN TWISTS

Gilt Twists are about ½ % of Gold on silver plated copper. (Gilt Twists are similar in appearance and quality to the 2% Twists). I offer three sizes of Gilt Twists.

2. SILVER GRECIAN TWIST

I offer silver plated medium Grecian Twist.

SIZES

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

Gilt Large Grecian Twist: Approximately 2 mm across the width of the thread.

Gilt Medium Grecian Twist:  Approximately 1.5 mm across the width of the thread.

Gilt Fine Grecian Twist:  Approximately 1.2 mm across the width of the thread.

Gilt Very Fine Grecian Twist:  Approximately 1 mm across the width of the thread.

COSTS

1 Yard of Gilt Large Grecian Twist (Two Toned Shiny/Matt): $14.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of Gilt Medium Grecian Twist (Two Toned Shiny/Matt): $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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27 inches of Gilt Fine Grecian Twist: (Two Toned Shiny/Matt): $6.00 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of Gilt Very Fine (Baby) Grecian Twist: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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