If you’re following what’s going on at The Embroiderers’ Story of Plimoth Plantation, you’ll see there’s a new thread that’s apparently going to be released to the public market some time soon. The thread is called Gilt Sylke Twist, and it looks positively gorgeous! There are a couple things I like about the idea of this thread…
First of all, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a thread “junkie.” I love the various threads used in embroidery – from the common DMC stranded to the flat silks of Japanese embroidery, from wools to synthetics, you name it, I like it. Ok, I’m not as keen on synthetics like rayon, but … I do like them. In fact, if I were to nail down what I like best about embroidery – whether design, or process, or materials in their various forms – I’d say without hesitation, “I like the thread!”
This gilt sylke twist that they’ve been developing for the embroidered jacket over at Plimoth Plantation excites me because:
1. There’s nothing more beautiful, in my opinion, than silk and gold combined.
2. The colors so far (there are eight “limited edition” colors to start with) are fantastic.
3. It seems to me that the thread will be usable in all kinds of applications, some perhaps not even thought of yet. Off the bat, besides the detached surface embroidery for which it was developed, I suspect it would work well for needlepoint, for couching techniques, for fine crocheted lace (they’ve already mentioned that one), for tassel-making and trims… and on and on.
I suspect that it’s probably not suited to regular surface embroidery, unless great care were taken in passing through the fabric – making sure the needle holes correspond with the size of thread so that the gold doesn’t get stuck up in passing. Since I haven’t stitched with it, I have no idea, though, if it would work well in regular surface techniques. If it would, could you imagine the beautiful results you’d get in something like satin stitch?
The base silk for the Gilt Sylke Twist is Au Ver a Soie’s Soie Ovale, which is an absolute favorite silk of mine. I’ve been writing about it practically ever since I started this website. It’s a rich silk thread, mostly flat, with good body, wonderful sheen, and a nice (but limited) range of colors.
Anyway, I had to write about it, simply because I’m really excited about it! I’m eager to see when it will be released to the public and how.
I’d love to hear from others who have stitched with the thread – what are your impressions, what kind of techniques will it be suited to, etc.
And in the meantime, thanks, Plimoth Plantation, for all the incredible work you all are doing!!