Thanks to Joey, I have two snippets of the red gilt sylke twist from the Plimoth Plantation 17th century jacket project. All I can say is —- WOW.
This embroidery thread is exquisite. I could never have been prepared for the surprise, though, when I actually saw it. It’s much, much tinier than I expected! It is an absolutely fine thread, tiny, about the size of a heavy duty quilting thread. I don’t know how to measure the actual size of a thread, so that’s the best I can do in comparison.
The Gilt Sylke Twist is a bit stiff (because of the gold) but not super-stiff. The red is gorgeous – really beautiful. This is the thing: I wound a snippet around a little stick to see how it might look satin stitched. I think… I think it would look stunning!
Although I was taken a-back at the fineness of the thread, I have to admit that I think I like it even more, having seen it, than I did just having seen close-up photos.
Here’s a shot of the Gilt Sylke Twist next to a single strand of DMC cotton, so you can get an idea of the size.
I’ve already got a little “savings fund” set up for purchasing some of this thread when it comes available to the general public. I’m looking forward to its release! (In case you couldn’t tell!)