I bought a lot of threads while I was away. Starting in the USA where I was seduced by the Wonderfil stand at the Houston show. I like this thread for use on the sewing machine. My Bernina dealer has a limited range and I normally wait for the quilt shows in Brisbane to stock up. This stall had the lot including some lovely colour in Perle 8. After I bought it I realised that it is Sue Sprago's thread. There is 5 grams on each ball and I don't see it on her web page so it must be new. I also bought some of the Eleganza thread.
Then I really got carried away in Guatemala. Starting with the cotton threads. It is the colours that did it.
This thread is just a little thicker than 1 strand of stranded cotton and it has a slightly higher twist. (The white thread is the stranded cotton.) I have no idea how it will work in an embroidery but if it doesn't suit I can make tons of tassels.
Then there was the silk threads. (I did test it to see if it was rayon but no, it was silk.) Again, wonderful colours, but no twist to the thread.
I'm not sure how I will use this.
Then there were a couple of boxes of Perle 8, 5 grams in each spool at about $1 per spool.. And I love these colours.
My Turkish thread has 8 grams on each spool ($3.50) and DMC ($8.99) and Anchor ($10) have 10gs on theirs so the Guatemalan thread was a lot cheaper.
The other thread I bought is used for weaving Ikats. It is dyed then ove-rdyed after the pattern is selected. They place the thread on a frame and then tie one of the about 10 different squences that are used.
When the ties are removed from the black the pink colour will show through in bands.
The woven piece will look something like this,
I have no idea what the result will be if I use it for embroidery. Lots of adventures ahead here.