Monday, November 13, 2017

More on Metallics!

I have in fact finished Etudes aux Fraises, but the light today is awful and I can't get a good picture of the finished stitching, so I'll leave that for another day as I want you to see it in all it's glory!. 

I thought I would continue on the theme from last week which was metallic threads. There are so many different types of metallic threads available that it's sometimes confusing as to what to buy and what the differences are of each type of metallic threads, so hopefully this might help :) 

Just to make everything clear and above board, these are just my opinions/experiences with these threads and I have no connection to the companies and have not been paid or compensated by these companies (But if they do fancy sending me some samples of their threads, I would be most grateful!!! :) )

DMC Light Effects seems to be the most easily available metallic thread...well it is for me anyway! 

According to the DMC website there are 35 colours available, although your local craft store (if you're lucky enough to have one) might not stock them all. DMC Light effects can give you everything from a subtle sheen to a vibrant sparkle in your stitching, depending on how many strands you choose to stitch with. It is a six stranded thread that comes in the usual DMC skein and can be used on its own or combined with regular stranded thread. For a softer, more subtle look you can combine one or two strands of light effects with regular stranded thread or for a more intense sparkly look, you can use DMC light effects on its own using one or two strands. Light Effects uses the same color numbering system as regular DMC thread with each colour beginning with an ‘E’ then the colour number.

Click here for  the Light Effects page on the DMC website 

Another DMC metallic thread that's great to work with is DMC Diamant

This luxurious twisted thread is available in twelve gorgeous metallic colours – Check out the DMC website here for a colour chart. Diamant has a slightly more subtle sheen than some of the other metallic threads, but is really soft and easy to work with – probably my favourite of the metallic threads! A single strand of Diamant thread is equivalent to 2 strands of DMC stranded cotton. You can use this thread straight off the spool or double it for a richer effect. 

Another metallic thread that seems to be used quite frequently is Kreinik Blending Filament.

 This is often used for a more subtle sparkle and, as the name suggests, is typically combined with regular thread.  You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to colours of this blending filament....there are over 100 colours available, some of which glow in the dark!  You can check out all the colours on the Kreinik website which you can find here. This is an exceptionally shiny thread but does tend to curl when you unwind it from the spool. 

If you want a slightly more sparkly effect than blending filament gives, Kreinick also offers Kreinik very fine braid (no.4)  (Sorry there's no picture for this thread....all I could find in my stash box was an empty spool!!!) Again, this thread comes in a host of colours as you can see here.  You can combine this thread with regular stranded thread.
This is another thread that comes in lots of different colours, glow in the dark and multi-colour options as you can see from their website here.

Kreinik also does fine braid (no8) which is a slightly thicker version of the very fine braid no4 and is designed to be used on its own. Check out the colours here and while you're there look at the wonderful names they have given to the threads.....Pixiedust, Dragonfly and Mermaid! The names alone make me want to buy them :)  Fine braid no8 is easy to use and gives nice coverage without being too bulky.

And finally, the Madeira metallic thread that came free with the World Of Cross Stitching that I showed in my last post. The packaging states that it is Madeira Metallic No 4, but I found it very hard to find very much info about this thread on the Internet. I have  several packets of this thread in my stash (courtesy of WOCS as it's their free gift every Christmas!)

This thread is packaged quite differently from the other metallic threads, it comes in  a pack  Madeira call the StickTwist Spiral Pack which is supposed to keeps the thread clean and tangle-free until you use it. I'm not a big fan of the packaging as I find that it's a bit messy once you have started to use the thread. The colours that I have  gorgeous, but I can't find how many different colours there are in the range.  As for ease of use, the thread itself is very similar to DMC light effects.  I will try to contact Madeira to see if I can get any more info and I will definitely update this post if they respond.

Soooo, I hope this was  helpful if you have been wondering about metallic threads. 

Here's a Christmas chart that I designed for using with metallic threads.....hope you have fun trying out some different types metallic threads. I haven't given a key for the chart as I think it's quite self explanatory....2 colours that's all you need. You can use whatever metallic threads you have on hand - absolutely any colour combination would work...enjoy!

Please do not copy or share this chart.....thank you!

Until next time....happy stitching!



RJ said...

Great advice on metallics Rhona. And thank you so much for the free chart. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Irene said...

Grazie Rhona, questo post รจ davvero utile!

Mary said...

Rhona, I'm going to print out all these tips to add to those in your previous post. Thanks for sharing all the details and that adorable pattern!! I might get brave and try stitching with metallics one day soon. Mary

MartinaM said...

Thank you Rhona for this little Chart, this little headhodge looks so sweet with the Christmas Hat.
Greetings, Martina

Katie said...

Great advice again. Thanks for sharing. I agree with all the points you made. I just LOVE the chart and will have to add it to my to do pile. My son loves hedgehogs.

Justine said...

Thank you Rhona for the info and free chart but you will never convince me to stitch with metallics unless absolutely necessary! Looking forward to seeing Etude aux Fraises in all its glory.

Preeti said...

Thanks for the review of metallic threads! I have few different types of metallic threads but more or less I guess patience is the key to work with them :) otherwise the ease of use doesn't vary a lot. Can't wait to see your finished project. The chart is cute:)

mdgtjulie said...

Hi Rhona. I love your metallic guide. But you missed my own personal fave metallic thread, Petite Treasure Braid, from Rainbow Gallery. It's easier to deal with than Light Effects or Krenik. If you haven't tried it, I could probably send you some, if I have an extra card. I've used it for both my Chat, and for other projects. Their website is here: It's WONDERFUL to work with compared to Light Effects. Better than Krenik # 4, and similar in some ways to Blending Filament. Wishing your and yours a lovely holiday season. (I can't believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away in the USA. Holy SMOKES, where has the year GONE?!?)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great advice for metallics. I use the loop through the eye of the needle method even for one strand, I just loop leaving a tail of an inch or so.
I was also surprised that you left out Petite Treasure Braid as everyone raves about it compared to Kreinik! Personally I like Kreinik #4 and haven't had an issue with it.
I love a bit of sparkle in my designs too.

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Rhonda,
I have just read you tips on using metallics and am now feeling fired up to “have a go”!
Thank you for the cute pattern, I’m off to see how I get on!
Barbara x

FlashinScissors said...

Oops, hi Rhona,
Sorry, I just noticed I misspelt your name ..... or maybe that was the naughty predictive text, not sure! I’m still looking for some green sparkly stuff to stitch your wee pattern, but it’s definitely on my “to do” list!
Barbara xx