A Beginner’s Guide To Fibers

A Beginner’s Guide To Fibers

When it comes to needlepoint, thread really is just as important (if not more!) as your canvas. The type of thread you use can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your finished piece. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your project. In this post, we'll break down the top 5 types of needlepoint thread and provide a guide for beginners to help you get started!

  1. Wool

Wool is a classic choice for needlepoint and is often considered the gold standard. Made from natural wool fibers, it's soft, durable, and has a beautiful texture. Wool threads are our preferred choice for keyfobs, belts and other projects that require durability. TCS carries Vineyard Merino - which can be used on 13M ( just not for color swaps) or 18M. Keep in mind that most wool fibers are dye lotted. 

  1. Silk

Silk threads are a popular choice for needlepoint enthusiasts who want to add a touch of elegance to their designs. Made from high-quality silk fibers, these threads are known for their softness, luster, and ability to create intricate details. Silk threads are perfect for projects that require subtle shading and texture. TCS carries Pepper Pot which is perfect for 18M.  Keep in mind that most silk fibers are dye lotted. 

  1. Silk Wool Blends

Blended threads are a mix of silk and wool fibers. They offer a balance between durability and softness, making them the most popular type of needlepoint fiber. TCS carries Silk & Ivory - which is our most popular fiber and can be used on 13M canvases. We also carry Essentials - which is very similar to Silk & Ivory and can be used on 18M.  Keep in mind that most blended fibers are dye lotted. 

  1. Cotton

Cotton fibers offer a combination of durability and affordability. Great for beginners - and easy on the budget! Cotton is also usually not dye lotted which can come in very convenient! TCS carries DMC 3 which can be used on 13M and DMC 5 which can be used on 18M. 

  1. Decorative Fibers

Decorative fibers come in all different varieties and can add texture, sparkle and shading to your canvas! Some of our favorites are Silk Lame Braid, Kreinik, Very Velvet and Straw Silk!

Fibers are one of the most fun and personal parts of stitching! We recommend you try a few fibers out to get to know your favorites. 

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