Fun with Thread Twisties

It is the beginning of the new year and summer in Australia. For me it is time to have a clean out and organise my thoughts about stitching projects for the coming. In my workroom blitze I realised I needed to de-stash my threads! My de-stash is your gain.  

Close detail of thread twisties

 Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So it occurred to me to make up thread twisties of different threads to enable people to try out and test stitching with something other than stranded cotton. With the twisties I have made up, for the price of just a few skeins you can play and experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures. 

Each twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. As far as possible each twistie is made up of threads that are all different. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

2 metre thread twists have at least 40 threads cut to 2 meter (79 inches) lengths.   As a rule of thumb as it depends on the particular stitch you work but generally 1 meter of thread is enough to work a line of stitching on a sampler that is 6-8 inches wide, or embellish a seam on a crazy quilting project.  2 meters give you enough to experiment with a bit more if you choose. 

So these are creative embroiders threads. With them I hope to encourage you to experiment. The last time I did this was about 5 years ago – so take advantage of it as I don’t have a de-stash often.

PLEASE NOTE! These did sell out in 30 Minutes! But new stocks are now in the shop

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.   

45 Comments

  1. Sharon – how do you use these threads? I have started your tast group and wondered do you use the same stitches for these threads or do they shread and fall to pieces? I would love to use different threads for example in your blanket stitch picture but how on earth do you start? My stitches are neat, perfectly formed stitches and I want to go more wild!!!! Any advice please. Thank you

    Alison
    1. HI Alison – I use them for surface embroidery. I use them all they are pulled from my stash – and I have enjoyed them all. They don’t shred. The novelty threads – ie the ones that have bumps and lumps or are hairy I couch on – couching is a stitch in my stitch dictionary and it will be part of TAST. It is very liberating as you can use just about anything to stitch with. The trick is to think in terms of creating interesting textures with threads. I think I had better do a a series of blog posts on using interesting threads in creative embroidery

      sharonb
  2. I think being in the US worked against me here. I would love twisties too. I checked the store as soon as I saw your blog post and they’re gone. I have both sets of your templates and your book. Do you still offer your worksheet downloads? Where do I find those? I thought I would buy the ones that are ‘ free to complete my set.

    Sarah Aldrich
  3. Hi Sharon, I am keen too , I was looking back and forward thinking I wasn’t very good at navigating . Thank goodness I read this thread. If you are making more twisties please let me know . Thanks so much .

    Gayle
  4. hI Sharon, I’d love to know when your twisties will be available too please. I already have a huge collection, but use them all constantly, so I’d love some “fresh blood” to add to the collection. I look forward to hearing from you.

    joan Flynn
  5. Hi , can’t believe how quickly these sold either, the email only just came through…
    I would love to purchase one (or two I but won’t be greedy) …
    By the way, I love your book!
    Much regard
    Jo

    Jo Harvey
    1. Hi Amy – the twisties sold out in half an hour – cant quite believe it to be honest but they did. The shop software hides the products once they are gone. I will make up some more and drop you a line when I do.

      sharonb

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