14 December 2009

A week later....

Wow, I haven't written for a week!
Time flies now that Christmas is getting near...
Anyway, these are the rest of my metallics.
Golds (click on the photo to zoom)




No.9 is very interesting...It's DMC &77 (one of the Precious Metal Effects threads) and it's exactly halfway between gold and silver. Actually each strand is made by two smaller strands (like all the embroidery floss), one of which is gold and the other silver. The effect is a very beautiful warm silver, or rather white gold....The look depends much on the light.

No. 10 is the gold equivalent of No. 7 silver. It's very beautiful as gold (and one of those with a less "greenish" colour), but it's loosely twisted. I guess this might not be a problem for weaving with it, but as embroidery floss it would be probably difficult to use as it would fray a lot.

No. 11  and No. 12 are tow DMCs, E 3821 and 5282...Neither of them has a very natural gold colour, they look to "cold" to appear really golden.

No. 13 is a beautiful Guterman gold  (9970) ; it's a metallic thread for sewing machine. It's beautiful, but so fine that it would almost be invisible aunless I used several strands of it, and that would complicate things...

No.14 is Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid No. PH03...Very beautiful as colour and very shiny; unfortunately also quite expensive...

No. 15 is Coats Diadem no. 0300....It's not exactly a thread but rather a sort of flat braid...It must be nice for embroidery (very shiny and does not fray) , but it's too big to mix it with wool...

I think the choice will be restricted to No. 10 and 14. I like them both very much and the choice will depends on whether I manage to find a supply of No. 10; otherwise I'll have to go for the more expensive Treasure Braid....


And at last  colour metallics, that I might use in the sea foam:



Nos. 16 and 17 unfortunately are unknown...They bear no brands nor colour indications; all I know is that I bought them at a Czech stand last May at Italia Invita ... I'll have to wait until 2011 to buy other threads like these!

No. 18 is easy to find; it's Kreinik Metallic no. 095. It's beautiful, I bought it because I liked its colours but it's definitely too colourful to be used for the sea!

No 19 is a  Gutermann metallic sewing thread, no. 71. It's nice but too fine to be used single -stranded....

No. 20 is DMC E135, one of the "Jewel effect" threads by DMC. It's remarkably similar to the Gutermann at no. 19, as colours (actually it looks almost exactly the same!), but it's twisted more loosely and of course it's a floss, that is it's formed by several strands.

No. 21 is Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid no. PB27. Very beautiful as usual, with delicate colours shimmering exactly as they should (neither too much nor too little). Also as usual, it's the most expensive thread of all the set...

No. 22 is DMC E5200  (Pearlescent Effects). It's a white thread which glitters with pale pink and blue reflections... Like all the Pearlescent Effects series, it's very beautiful to look at, but probably difficult to  use as it feels very rigid, with a rather "plastic-like" feel... I'm sure It won't be pleasant to use, although I might choose it
The same considerations apply to the remaining threads, No. 23 ( DMC E3747, a very pale blue with blue shimmers) , No. 24 ( DMC E966, a very light blue-green) and No. 25 (DMC E747 another light blue) ...All of them show beautiful reflections but are definitely unpleasant to touch and "rebellious"... But they are probably worth an attempt, after all I will use them to weave and not for embroidery...

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