Lately, I’ve received several e-mails asking for a source for Pearsall’s silk in the US. I like this question, because it requires me to refer people to a really nice website…
In case you haven’t visited the Tristan Brook’s Designs website lately, you might want to stop in! You’re in a for a treat – even if you’re just stopping in to look at a pretty website.
As far as I know, Tristan Brooks Designs is one of the few sources for Pearsall’s silk in the US.
I like Pearsall’s silk. It reminds me of the silk I see on ecclesiastical embroidery pieces from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. In fact, right now, I’m designing a new ecclesiastical piece that I’m supposed to start in earnest on over the Christmas break, and I’m debating whether or not the use Pearsall’s. The difficulty: it’s somewhat expensive, compared to other silks out there! We’ll see what happens when I get to the thread selection stage!
I like the way threads are arranged on the Tristan Brooks website, by the way – the threads are grouped in color family.
I prefer this type of clear grouping of ALL blues, ALL reds, ALL browns, ALL greens, etc – rather than having to sift through all the colors to find the different groups of blues, reds, browns, etc. (For example, the latter scenario is pretty much how you have to shop for Eterna floss).
Of course, a website like Tristan Brooks Designs offers more than just thread. Oh boy. Does it ever.
You’ll find a gorgeous selection of crewel embroidery kits on the website! And I love these little ones – they’re called “smalls”, and they’re about 3″ x 3″ – perfect to practice crewel embroidery, but not big enough to be intimidating! And the designs are Really Pretty. They include Heathway merino wool thread and Gumnuts poppies. So if you’ve wanted to try both of those threads, this would be a good way to do it!
Some other Stuff worth perusing at Tristan Brooks Designs: they have Legacy Linen Twill for all your special crewel work projects. They also have a great little tools section, where you’ll find slate frames, Evertite stretcher bars, good hoops, and twitchetts.
Twitchetts? What are twitchetts? Well, you’ll just have to look and see. (If you’re a nut about thread organization during projects, I think you might be interested in them!)
And that is Tristan Brooks Designs. It’s also the only source I know for Pearsall’s in the US – but if you know of another source, will you let me know?
Pearsall’s is no longer being produced, due to the death of the master dyer a few years ago. If you’re looking for information on silk threads for embroidery, you can check out these articles:
Silk Hand Embroidery Thread 101: Getting Started with Silk
Silk Hand Embroidery Thread 101: Twisted Filament Silk
Silk Hand Embroidery Thread 101: Flat Silk
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