Today’s a good day for a give-away, don’t you think? As Winnie-the-Pooh would say, “I think so.”
Well, today, courtesy of Cathe at Needle in a Haystack, I’m giving away a whole set of DMC Diamant.
The set includes all six metallic shades: soft silver, silver, black-gold, bright gold, copper, and soft gold. It’s a nice line-up that will get you started in adding a lovely bit o’ sparkle to your needlework.
Feel free to check out my review of DMC Diamant if you’d like to read a little more about the thread.
To enter today’s give-away, please follow these guidelines:
1. Leave a comment at the end of today’s article on Needle ‘n Thread (on the website itself, not via e-mail, and not on any other article on Needle ‘n Thread. Just follow this link to the correct comment form on Needle ‘n Thread).
2. In your comment, please tell me about your experiences with metallic hand embroidery threads. For example:
What’s your experience so far with metallic hand embroidery threads? Do you use them often? Do you have a favorite? Have you experienced any frustrations with them? Do you have any tricks to share about working with metallics?
3. Please leave a recognizable name in either the “name” line on the form or within the comment box itself.
4. Leave your comment by Tuesday, June 25, 5:00 am Central Daylight Time (Kansas, USA), and I’ll announce the winner that day. The give-away is now ended – thanks for participating!
The give-away is open to anyone, anywhere. For overseas winners, items are shipped via the most economical air mail option. Please note that Needle ‘n Thread and affiliates are not responsible for mail lost, misdirected, or otherwise undelivered due to postal problems, and that any customs fees or taxes (where applicable) are the responsibility of the winner.
I have only used metallic threads a couple of times as I find them so frustrating, it seems impossible to stitch neatly with them!
I have tried metallic thread with some success. It was hard to work with and tangled or did what it wanted to do.
I have not tried diamond but would enjoy giving it a “go.” I had actually put aside some projects because the “bargain” thread just made it a hassel. I have used DMC for soooo many projects with no problems. Love it but a bargain is always tempting.
I DO you metallics! I use them when I want a little sparkle to my projects. My tips are to use shorter lengths and dot the end of the thread with superglue to keep it from fraying. Of course, let it dry before using. 🙂
Oh what a good idea with the super glue! Thanks for the tip.
I take it that the the end you are speaking of is the tail end, not the knot end???
Mary, i like to use metallic threads in my crazy quilting, and have tried several brands. Some are difficult to use, kinking, fraying, and splitting. I have found DMC metallic thread to work well for me and I’ve also tatted with it.
Thanks for the chance to win some Diamant thread.
I have never used metallic hand sewing threads but have used machine metallics with some difficulties , would love the opportunity to try these threads , thanks for the chance. Sheila in Nova Scotia
gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
I once used blue metallic embroidery thread on a sampler. I used it to couch some silk thread from scraps of a sari blouse. I thought it was brilliant but haven’t attempted anything similar since then.
I’ve shied away from using very many metallic threads since I’ve always heard that they are difficult to work with. I am designing a bluework scene with snowmen and snowflakes. Iit would be fun to add some sparkle to this project! After reading your review, I am very interested in trying these threads. As always, I look forward to reading your site!
I have used metallic embroidery thread, but I couldn’t tell you what brand it was because I threw it away! It was awful. I was using it to do a frilly design around some pumpkins, attempting to add just a wisp of color. The thread keeps binding up, stripping the threads apart and looking rigid. Ended up taking it all out and using a plain cotton ombre instead. Very frustrating. Hope DMC Diamet is better as I’d really like to try it!
I love your GiveAway. Once upon a time I was doing crochet, quilting, embroidery, etc. As I aged, I stopped. Well I got reinspired a couple of years ago and right now I am in the wonderful world of relearning all the wonderful tools that are out there. I did lots of work with the old metallics, I fought those stiff things on everything. It was so bad that I finally just gave up on metallics, until, I was reading your informational article the other day and the way you described the softness and workability of those metallics really makes me want to try them again. I would love to win your drawing. Thank you for offering such a nice one. Blessings, Gloria
Wow! That thread looks superb. I would really love to try some as I always think some glitter helps to lift a piece of embroidery. Stops it appearing too flat and it helps to draw the eye into the picture. I have tried the very thin metallic glitter thread but am never really pleased with the result. This looks like being an answer to my problem.
I have a little experience with real metal threads, but am looking forward to working on my techniques with several upcoming projects. When working with metallics, the best hint I was ever given is to work with short lengths to reduce the fraying problem. Thanks for the fun contest, Mary!
I love the look of metallic stitch work but have never tried it. All the thread I have seen felt rough so I shied away from it. This sounds & looks different and I would love to give it a whirl.
i haven’t used metallics before but have been wanting to give them a try. so many kinds to choose from, i guess i’ve been procrastinating too long. would love to give these a shot 🙂
I have not done a lot with hand embroidery of metallic threads. When taking a five level (three year)hand embroidery course here years ago, we were introduce to silk and gold work. I do remember a few of the metallic threads did shred a bit which was frustrating. However, having read about these DMC Diamant threads, I would give it another try. I do work with metallic threads on the sewing machine. Thanks for the chance to win these lovely threads.
I love look of metallics whether hand stitching or sewing by machine. The lsstest I have used them was in s needlepoint project. They added just the right sparkle.
I have only used metallic threads once. And I have not finished the project I started that I was using them on. My experience with them was frustrating. I was using a DMC gold metallic thread and Krenik’s gold something or other. The frustrating part was that the metallic covering would slide off. Using a shorter piece of thread than I normally would did help as it reduced the frequency of going in and out of the fabric. With the krenik’s thread, I was wrapping an outline stitch of a lyre over one thread of 25 count linen. I had a hard time keeping the thread from twisting. The lyre looks OK but I know it is not what it should be. I have planned to re-do that portion of the piece since it is the central focus of the project but have procrastinated. If I won this giveaway, I would love to re-visit the project which was a gift for my husband and try this new thread. Thank you for the giveaway.
Oh, what a wonderful give away! I would love to win these.
I have used several kinds of metallic threads. I love how they add a sparkle and a dimension to my work. My main complaint is they frey quite easily, but if you use short lengths it works much better. The heavier ones are hard to thread through the needle.
But, I love using them especially in making my ornaments. I make between 10-15 each year as gifts to my family and often they have a bit of metallic thread in them.
I would love to try these. Thank you for a chance to win.
Judy in Kansas
I use to detest working with metallic threads – tried many different makes, Krenik, DMC etc, Then someone recommended Thread Heaven and it was brilliant. Now I love using them – especially in Christmas related items, it adds such an edge to everything, 🙂
A tempting giveaway! I’ve tried Diamant and I like it. I found it very pleasant to work with. The single-strand metallic threads are always a struggle, as they tear and wear so easily, but because Diamant is not a single strand it is capable of doing plaited braid stitch and similar interesting stitches. My all-time favourite for plaited braid is Madeira’s Metallic 15, a three-ply metallic that behaves equally well. It’s a little stiffer than the Diamant. Have you tried that one, Mary? Not cheap, but it’s a very large reel and it is very good thread.
I’ve used Kreinik’s metallic braid to good effect on an Elizabethan sweet bag. I had to use shorter sections of thread, as the longer pieces tended to kink and fray. I very much want to do more work with metallic threads.
I have very little experience with metallic threads – they just get caught in the fabric and are a general pain to work with.
Hoping to try this out and change my perception of metals….thanks for the info!
I am new to embroidery, but very anxious to learn and try new things. My experiences with metallic have not been good on machine or hand embroidery.
Bling! I love adding some bling to Christmas ornaments that I embroider. I find the metallic thread that I purchase locally a “royal headache”. To be able to stitch with DMC Diamant sounds like bliss.
I did find DMCs regular metallic thread too coarse and I was hesitatnt to use on silky or fine materials. I am really anxious to try their Diamant line if I can find it locally. Hugs from Canada
I’ve used DMC Light Effects (which I grudgingly consider “metallics”), Kreinik metallics (both the blending threads and the braids), and Petite Treasure Braids. The DMC Light Effects are awful, terrible things. Ugh. The Kreinik braids and the PTR were both better. The blending threads are my favorite because they don’t grate on the fabric as they go through, but obviously they’re very subtle in their metallic-ness.
I’ve read tips about using Thread Heaven but I don’t like the idea of coating the metallic threads in something that will dull their shine, so I’ve never tried.
I have not worked with metallic threads todate, but would love to give them a try. Their colors looks nice and rich, not cheap and brassy.
When I was a child, my grandmother taught me how to embroider. I love to embroider! My kids are now all grown and out of sports and activities that I needed to attend. I am now able to get back into my favorite hobby as I have much more “free” time. I have only made dish towels and I am looking forward to trying new things. I have even taught my daughter how to embroider and she loves it too. It would really be great to try the metallic threads and expand my knowledge of embroidery. Happy Stitching!
I tend to shy away from metallic threads if at all possible, as I have a problem with them fraying or constantly slipping out of the eye of the needle. But, I haven’t given up on them entirely. I like the added sparkle they give to my work. Would love to win these and give them a try. Thank you for having this give-away.
i would love a set of these wonderful sounding metallic threads. I have used Kreinik Metallics and haven’t really enjoyed stitching with it. I find that it doesn’t lay as flat as I would like and has a scratchy sound as I pull it through the fabric, much like fingernails on a chalkboard. I haven’t tried any others but would love to give DMC Diamants a try. Maybe then I would incorporate more metallic thread into my stitching.
Thanks as always for great giveaways!
Thanks Needle in a Haystack. I don’t use metallics often but I find they shred easily. Use short strands.
Just love your website
I love working with metallics but find a lot of them frustrating. Nordic Gold and Treasure Braid seem to behave decently for me but i’ve given up on some of the others. For fine work I actually like the Guterman machine metallics. They seem to be stronger and not too stiff. The DMC Diamant threads look wonderful. I’d love to try them out.
Oh, I would just love to try this little-known metallic floss (here in the US that is). The only metallic I use successfully is Kreinik which has never really challenged me when using it in my crazy quilt work. I can’t wait to share the news of this thread with our CQ club! Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention and for your review.
I love the metallic threads my first experience of them was a couple of years ago when I designed my very own tablecloth doing the measurements of each part of the design drawing it out etc all myself without the help f transferes books or pictures. It was a Christmas present for my mum as she couldn’t find here Christmas tablecloth. What better time of the year to use metallic colours than at Christmas. The tablecloth includes holly robins and the Christmas candle wreath each candle contains the Christmas star. The flame and star both had metallics in them all gold soft gold and bright gold. Parts of the candle also had silver. As this was my first time using them I did face problems I used too much thread count at the start and slowly realised that they don’t untwist like cotton thread however I love the affect of them and now regularly use them on little bits am pieces throughout my work. The give that extra wow factor. I used anchor metallic and DMC loving both sets. Hope your day is going well and appy embroidering everyone 🙂
Having used the regular DMC metallic in the past I know how difficult they are to manage. I would love to have a chance to try the Diamont series on a special piece which is a zodiac I have designed for our new grandson. It needs a bit of sparkle to contrast with the regular threads. Mary, I cannot imagine how you ever manage to find the time to do all the high quality, imaginative stitching you show us and everything else required to manage your website. My hat is off to you. Keep up the great work.
To be honest I don’t use metallic threads very often as they’re so stiff and feel unnatural when stitching. I’m dying to try out these new threads and I’m keeping my fingers crossed you’ll draw my name. Thank you for a great opportunity to win some new metallic threads
I have used the metallic threads in numerous projects and the main thing for me is to let it hang loose every few stitches so it can unravel. That will help it stitch straighter and not look twisted or worse, humped up a little in the center.
Thoroughly enjoying your latest project! Thanks!
Very nice giveaway I have 1 metallic thread which I recently bought Kreinik and have not used it yet so this would be nice to win to have more colors.Friendly greetings I enjoy reading your site.
I’ve only used metalic a couple of times. Had a hard time with it knotting as your trying to stich. It’s so stiff. neena
I have a love/hate relationship with metallic threads. Love the way they look, hate sewing with them. I have given up using them in fine hand embroidery, and use Neon Rays, Kreinik, Flair or Sparkle Rays in needlepoint. I am anxious to try these new fibers!
I do use metallic thread. Currently my favorite is Kreinik. I do use DMC metallic floss too. Since I mostly do crazy quilting I’m sewing on fabrics that are sometimes hard to needle. I find short lengths of thread and an oversize needle are the best method for using the threads. I also pull the thread through my fingers to determine which is the smoothest way to stitch. Barb W of MO
I love gold work and hope I can do it soon! But these synthetics are great for less formal and playful use which I find wonderful.
I just appliquéd a letter on cotton in the French manner: white in white for my daughter’s curtain. But instead of cotton DMC thread I used glow in dark thread so it would glow. These alternative threads are great for such play!
Thanks for offering this to us! Maybe I’ll win one of these days!
I am new to needlework and never worked with this thread. I would like to have the opportunity to incorporate the thread into a project.
I have had horrible experiences with metallic threads. They split apart, don’t go thru the material without bunching up or shredding. I would be in the middle of a project and the thread would break, or shred, etc. would love to try these new threads. It would be great to have a metallic thread that would not give me fits when I use them.
I would love to try this metallic thread, it sounds perfect for smooth stitching. I have used metallic threads a lot, mostly for Temari now.I am not up to date with them now, but my favourite was Twilley’s Gold Dust, but that is discontinued and replaced with Gold Rush, which I do not like, too thick, maybe OK for knitting. Often metallic threads are kinky, creating their own problems and either too thick or too thin !! I would like to try this thread for satin stitch, which is often difficult with metallics Thank you for your revues of books and products, and if I should be lucky enough to win I would enjoy trying them for myself.
I frequently use metallic threads , probably Kreinik the most. Not keen on using blending filaments but do find locking a loop over the needle very helpful.
Metallics do add a nice dimension and glitz to a piece.
Lyn ( from eastern Canada)
Being a crow at heart I love shiny metallic threads but find them very frustrating to work with. I do have some of the DMC metallics on spools which seem to work ok for me but not great. I’d love to win the Diamant to try.
I saw these threads in a shop in Bruges two days ago and wondered what they are like – maybe I’ll have a chance to find out!
I do use metallic embriodery threads as they often add that little something to a design but I must confess they are generally not my favourite threads to use.
I can’t say that I have found particular thread that I would identify as a favourite but my main problems with those I’ve used tend to be shreading (especially where they go through the needle) and just not playing nicely (not going just where I want them!).
I think my main tricks are to work with relatively short lengths, if the thread is really playing up then give up on that piece and start another one and work slowly and methodically.
I love using metallic threads. They seem to give the item I am using them for an extra wow factor.
Thank you kindly for the giveaway. Best of luck to everyone.
I would love a set of the DMC Diamant because I’ve been so frustrated with the other metallic threads. I thought I’d tried them all and then read your article.
My experience with metallic threads has not been good. They’ve broken, unraveled and have just been a pain to work with. I chose to just give them away and do without, making do with “plain” embroidery if there is such a thing. By that I mean embroidery is so beautiful and enticing on it’s own but glitter of metallic adds even more. thank you for your wonderful articles, helen
Hola Mary: mi experiencia con hilos dorados…no muy buena. Hago bordados religiosos y tuve que deshacer porque no me quedaron prolijos los purificadores. La próxima será.
Saludos desde Argentina.
I do like using metallics just for the bit of sparkle they can add–and since most of the work I’m currently doing involves 17th century designs and techniques–and since people in the 1600’s liked embellishment–I’m using a lot of metals and metallic threads. The only one I will no longer use is blending filament. Life is too short for that aggravation (although I did find that “knotting” it in the eye of the needle helped).
I am anything but an avid used of metallics but I use it occasionally. My experience has not been favorable. While I love the look of it and the effects it creates, it has given me grief. The strands separate, they twist, do not lie flat and I feel there is a lot for me to learn about using it. Perhaps this type is not so unruly? Or is it me not knowing the techniques involved? I have used only silver and gold in a variety of thicknesses but mainly thin due to higher count linen.
Thank you for the chance to enter the give away.
I am pretty new to serious embroidery, have never used metallic thread, and was totally taken by your review yesterday. I would love to try these threads! Thank you for the review and the opportunity.
I have used a variety of metallic threads and have found that they often unravel causing me to have to finish off and get a new piece.. Your review is great in that you state that they are very smooth to use. I look forward to testing them soon. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this competition .
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Wonderful thread I wish to receive, very difficult to find the right metalic thread wich will work wonderfully on my piece.
thanks if I win
What a fantastic giveaway!!! I stitch alot if Mirabilias designs and Nora is famous for her metallic use. I try to use short strands because they tend to fray terribly. Thanks !!! Patti
I haven’t used metallic threads in the past, but have heard about their trickiness. Some have recommended “Thread Heaven”, a thread conditioner that is said to make them (and other threads) behave themselves.
These are lovely sparkly colors and I’d love to give them a try in my crazy quilting.
I have an intense dislike for all things metallic based on my experiences with it in the past. I hate its scratchiness and how it breaks and the filaments separate. I avoid it whenever a substitute will work. This Diamant looks totally different from anything I have ever used. I would love to try it, as I think it would widen my choices dramatically–not to mention how lovely it looks!
I’ve come back to embroidery in recent years to find an explosion of techniques and threads. The little I have done with metallic threads has proven to be messy. They are a challenge to handle and the ends fly all over the place. I’m intrigued by the DMC Diamant because of the apparent ease of use. Metallics create a beautiful touch to a piece.
My experience with metallic thread is pretty limited to date – I’ve used it to blend with regular floss in cross-stitch kits, and love, love, love the effect. But now that I’m learning surface embroidery, I’m anxious to start incorporating metallic threads into other projects, such as the crazy-quilt pillow I’m making for my mother (who is 79 and going strong, by the way- go Mom!). I found metallics harder to work with, but after reading your blog, I’m ready to try a different brand and see how that works out. Thanks for the inspiration!
Mary, I am intrigued by what you say about these metallic threads. I have used metallics a good deal in the past and have almost always been disappointed in the experience. While I knew that a metallic was called for, either I could not achieve the perfect color with what was available or, more likely, the metallics available were awful with which to work. They kinked or untwisted and I was often sorry to have used them at all. Some even dulled in time.
In time, I have found somewhat better threads but these look very good to me and I’d like to try them.
Thanks for another great give-away.
I haven’t used metallic threads but would love to try!
My experience with metallic threads has been dismal. I have used them on a lot of items, and have used many brands. The best of the them tend to twist and break easily. I quickly learned to keep the thread short. I do like the Kreinik threads, but have not tried the DMC Diamant.
I do use the metallics, yet sparingly, due to how they split and fray. I find it frustrating. Thank you so much for sharing about this DMC Diamant thread.! It just might be the thread that will allow me to have some sparkle in my work without the frustration I’ve experienced in the past.
I have not used metallic threads but will be starting a new project. Two dragons, one purple and one green that I think would be great to try them on.
I’ve never tried this kind, but seeing your work I’d like to try.
Ohhh shiny! The twinkle and glint of metallic always draws my eye – I must have been a crow in a former life. 😉 I use them occasionally and used to find them rather contrary to work with.
To combat the shredding and slippy-sliding I use a milliner’s needle and short lengths. Or combine the metallic with another type of fiber for stability. However, I have recently discovered that several companies make metallic thread designed for embroidery machines and these seem to behave themselves more often than not.
Should I be so lucky as to win this collection, I would love to give them a try. Thanks to Needle in a Haystack and Mary for the chance.
I have not used metallic thread extensively. However when I have, I have found the extra sparkle the thread adds to be a wonderful addition to the piece I have incorporated it in.
Metallic threads and I are like oil and water….we just don’t mix. I always end up with a shredded, bunched up mess! I have tried the larger needle trick, using thread conditioner and just about any other trick I have heard for taming those beautifully gilded threads. I checked out the Needle In A Haystack site yesterday and made note of the threads….just in case I ever got the nerve to try metallic threads again! I would love to win just one spool to try them out.
I just love that copper color! I haven’t used metallic threads very much. I have used them here and there in some small projects and didn’t have any trouble. These are so pretty. I think I might just try them in a few more projects. Thanks for the give-a-way!
Thanks for the great giveaway! I have never tried metallic so this would be the perfect opportunity for my girls & myself to give it a go!
I do use metallics occasionally and always like the finished look, however using them is not fun as they come apart, fray and do not stay in the needle. I don’t have any tricks and just muddle along. I am always happy when I use them though, because they do make a project look a little more special. This product sounds dreamy and I would love to try it some day. Thank you!
I am fairly new to embroidery and am enjoying trying new weight and types of threads. I am finding metallic threads rather difficult to use as they sometimes peel back when coming through the material or twist quite a bit. They do, however, put such fine touches to a piece. I just finished outlining some pansies with a DMC – precious metal effects – and because this was a finer thread the stitches seemed to go well. Also, found at a Salvation Army Store, a large roll of a silver “no-tarnish” metallic lame to try but haven’t as yet.
Watching your videos truly is informational and helpful for all the stitches I am learning and also the techniques to make embroidery life a little easier. Thank you.
I’m a big fan of metallic threads and love to sew with them, but mostly to couch them onto the surface of other stitching. I have found that they dont provide the same smoothness or gloss when you twist them into chain or stem stitches. Using a needle with a slightly wider eye helps the smooth passage through fabric though, and couching is fast and fun. I’d love to have a go with these new threads – they would be a lovely match for some autumn shades in Mulberry silks I’ve just received. Yum.
I have done some smocking with the DMC on a skein. It was difficult, but you just had to deal with it. I love the color ranges in these threads. They would be so nice added to long and short shading with silk. I just did a piece that combined a #1 metal thread with silk shading and I really want to do more of that. The metal thread we used in that piece was very difficult manage.
I have never used metallic thread before, but was just looking at some over the weekend and wondered if they were difficult to handle. Reading your review of this metallic thread makes me eager to try. It really looks nice and can imagine the kinds of accents it could add to a piece. Thanks for the chance to win some!!
The few times I worked with metallic threads I found them very difficult. I envisioned bits of sparkles but not the twisted, broken pieces. Thank you for sharing this product and a place to get them.
Dear Mary,I love using metallics. I often use Madeira no 40 metallic sewing thread to put highlights in the eye and on feathers of birds. I have found though that sometimes the thread starts fraying when you are only halfway with the length I am using. To prevent this I only use short lengths not more than 30cm or 12″. To prevent the fraying I tie a knot tightly in the short end of the thread after I have threaded it through the eye of the needle. Even with the knot,the thread still goes easily through the fabric and the knot prevents the thread of slipping out the needle.
I believe super glue or nail polish will also do the trick , but I am always too much in a hurry to wait for the stuff to dry, so I have never tried these methods.
Elza Bester Cape Town
I love the look of metallic thread, but have not had a great experience working with it. I made a Xmas tree skirt which called for metallic thread. I had to use very short lengths and it stripped from the core of the thread.
DMC threads have always been my choice for embroidery. I would love to use the new metallic threads – I imagine they have improved quite a bit since my last foray into the world of metallic thread.
I haven’t used metallics much, mostly because of the nuisance of handling them: they shred, wear quickly, etc. Your review of Diamant makes them sound a lot easier to work with than the braids and blending filaments I’ve tried.
Hi – Thanks for the wonderful give away. I have some experience with metallic threads. I think they look wonderful along side cotton or rayon threads. I’ve found that cutting the metalics a shorter length is important to be about to use them well. They tend to know up, kink and definitely have a mind of their own. But they look gorgeous. I would love to have these threads.
Como apaixonada que sou bordado, a linha metálica não podia deixar de fazer parte da minha vida. No começo pensei em desistir, pois, era difícil trabalhar com elas. Depois, pegando o jeito ficou fácil, o truque é pouca linha na agulha,paciência e amor pela arte de bordar. Uso a metalica da DMC. Só sinto no Brasil não termos essas linhas especiais e fica muito difícil comprar fora. Não teria palavras se fosse presenteada com a coleção das linhas metálicas. Seia um sonho.
I have used metallic threads to embellish (hand embroidery)christening gowns and First Communion dresses for my grandchildren. I’ve also used these threads when hand embroidering dragonflies, my favorite insect, that has become a “trademark” on my work! I’ve encountered some frustration with the thread unraveling and twisting, but working with care and running the thread through beeswax helps.
Hi – because I find metallics so finicky to use –
I usually use them blended with other threads – That would make it more stable for me – and less apprehensive regarding splitting or breakage. Thanks for the chance for those beautiful threads.
I stitched a little “coussin” with Diamant thread & it was so fun to have a smooth & confortable metallic thread!!I love it & bouhgt all the shades.Thanks for the giveaway!
I really enjoyed your article on the DMC Diamant thread. But wanted to see it for myself as any metallic thread I have used in the passed, has not been a joy. The metallic thread always splits and you can only use a very short thread.But I love the effect it has on some many different kinds of embroidery.But the stress of working with metallic thread was just not worth it.My hope in working with metallic thread has arrived in the DMC Diamant!
Metallic threads add such a special, sparkly touch of elegance to needlework. I enjoy using them for this reason. I would love to try the Diamant version of these threads.
I have used DMC metallic, but not much. I find metallic to be frustrating, but love to add the sparkle effect. I’d love to try these!
Sparkly! Experience has taught me to cut metallic threads shorter than others, and to work with them ONLY when you have a little extra time and patience. Thanks for this opportunity.
I have a few skeins of metallic thread in my thread box but haven’t used them yet. Just haven’t found the right project yet, I guess. They do intrigue me.
I was so excited to see these threads yesterday that I immediately put them on my “need to buy” list! My use of metallic threads is limited to the DMC gold only. I used it for a New Orleans Saints design. When I saw these wonderful threads, my mind started grinding away in how to incorporate all five threads in some of my current projects. I especially like the black-gold metallic thread. They are the perfect color for many of my projects. I am sure that they the designs will just jump out when stitched with this thread.
In my limited work with the metallic threads, I learned to cut a piece about 10 inches long or so and to thread it in the needle and keep the thread in that one place. Moving it only makes the thread more difficult. I do figure this “loss” of an inch or two in any project I have.
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win the whole set. More importantly, thank you for all you do for needleworkers everywhere.
I have only ever used DMC metallic threads. They look nice but I don’t really like using them, they don’t always play nice and I find they don’t really give a neat finish. I find it easiest to use one strand of metallic thread and one strand of normal DMC thread.
My experience with metallic threads came when I was embroidering my daughter’s wedding dress. The entire hem and slight train was embroidered with Italian needlelace in a Celtic design that she chose. I bought different metallic threads in a burnished silver and commenced to embroidering with each one in my trials. Finding the right color for the silk blend fabric that I was using for the gown turned out to be the easy part. However, finding a metallic thread that did not fray and distort as it passed through the fabric was the chore. Finally, I used a DMC metallic thread (ART 283)and found the thread pulled nicely through the fabric and the very best color to match the gown fabric. This thread is on a spool, 3 ply and did not reveal its inner core as it came through the dense weave of the silk blend fabric. Sweet success.
I would love to win this set of DMC Diamant threads. I have tried the regular DMC gold thread and it is a disaster! I refuse to use it again. It breaks, splits and knots terribly. I do have a small assortment package of Kreinik Gold threads. Blending Filament to 1/16″ ribbon. There is a fine gold Japan thread also. But I feel these are more for laying work and use in my needlepoint. Now that I am into Elizabethan Embroidery I would love to have these threads to use in my work.
I am just getting my feet wet with metallic threads. I am excited to try the Diamant as its described as being smooth. My recent experience has only involved using metallic threads on top of the fabric and not through it.
Thanks for the give away!
hi Mary….yes, Love metallics, the good ones, that is. Very often use the DMC’s on a spool. Think the numbers are 282 and 283. There used to be a few more colors but now only silver and gold.
Can do anything with these…couch them, decorative stitches, including French Knots, Lazy Daisy, even Bullion Knots. They handle very well.
Balger for colors, especially love the 1/16″ ribbon especially for long stitches. Also #4 and #8 braid.
A bit of patience and practice helpful; also a laying tool. And avoid the DMC metallics in the skein.
Would love to try the new Diamont. Especially from Needle in a Haystack, one of my favorite mail order shops.
I love the flash of a bit of metallic so bought a slew of what was available locally for hand embroidery and for machine, looked for books and other how to use gold and other metallic threads and began stitching.
I found all brands frayed no matter what brand or how they were spun and plied and I’d be left with the core exposed, and have to cut it off. This wastes a lot of thread. They get knotted. They don’t penetrate the fabric smoothly when used for the tiniest spots, even if they are supposed to be able to be stitched, and not need to be laid, and the coating flaked off. The hand of the threads is of often harsh. The core is SO strong relative both to the metallic wrap and the fabric that I wonder if it is harming the fabric when it is stitched in. I really resist cutting the VERY short lengths that minimize the fraying problem and the ruin of the metallic wrap because that wastes so much of the thread. My desire for a “touch of flash” has became smaller, more infrequent touches.
So, unfortunately, I have got no tricks to offer. Just have the hope of finding something that isn’t so difficult for me to use.
I have just begun a quilt project that needs more than flashes to represent metal. I’d considered using beads–but would prefer thread. Your review of these threads is SO timely for me. I would love to try them out on this new quilt
I am a beginner when it comes to metallic threads. I have used Krenik metallic threads and I like the effect. I especially like the why they make a flower pop out. The threads that I have used are more difficult to work with as they sometimes have a mind of their own. The pieces need to be kept small (about 18 inches or less)or they easily tangle and break. But if take your time and watch that the thread does not twist the end results make it worth using the metallic thread.
What a wonderful give-away! Thank you so much!! I do mostly cross-stitching and I use metallic threads principally on Christmas ornaments. I often use also Kreinik Blending Filaments that are not exactly metallics, but I split the thread to keep only the metallic thread (I discard the polyester support)and i use it as a half-cross on top of the regular cross-stitch. On white, for a snowy scene, it’s very sticking.
Good Morning Mary,
I use metallics in decorating ecclesiatical garments once in a while, but not often. I have also used them when I have stitched kits that include them, but I don’t go looking for them. I have discovered that using shorter threads keeps them from shredding and using a needle with a bigger eye helps them to run smoother through the needle.
once to use the gold metal thread that
comes twisted in a rope…..it knotted, pulled and generally made such a mess I tossed it out! I wanted to add it to an art quilt I was making….that didn’t happen!
From the little metallic thread that i have used I have not liked. It would be great to have and try some high quality thread that would make a piece just pop.
I’ve never used the metallics for hand embroidery. This give away would be the perfect chance to learn something new. Thanks for the opportunity!
Great giveaway! I am dying to try these DMC threads. I have used metallics quite often as many of the designs I stitch have called for them. I have used krienek and rainbow gallery. I find them frustrating but the end result is beautiful. My hint is using short strands to prevent unraveling and sometimes thread heaven to smooth them out.
I just attended a week long embroidery workshop where I learned an easy way to use metallic thread! You can imagine how happy I was since previous attempts were unsuccessful and very frustrating. Your name and blog were mentioned frequently by a couple of us and shared with everyone. [Just in case your ears were burning!] 🙂
Trudy, could you share with the rest of us what you learned that was “an easy way to use metallic thread”?
I looked on your blog (which I subscibed to through Feedly) but did not find the info there.
Thanks for your consideration.
I have yet to use metallic threads but would love to try it.
Thanks for the chance to win some!
I have never really had a chance to use Metallic thread for hand embroidery. I’ve used it for machine embroidery though. I’ve had the most luck with Sulky. I’m beginning to do more hand work again now and would love to try some.
Me here again. Forgot to mention my love affair with blending thread! NOT Kreinik for sure, it’s a mess. I use Rainbo Blending, sometimes multiple strands, and love it. Great color range too.
No special tricks, especially no chemical products (glue, Thread Heaven etc). The secret ( and I use long strands) is in the thread handling. YOU must control the thread and what it does, using both hands and a laying tool. Preferably with work in a frame and on a stand so that you can use both hands, one under, one over.
Ok, taking off my “teacher hat”.
Another generous give-away, Mary! Thanks for this, and for sharing everyday. I like using metallic threads; couching is fine but otherwise, like others, I struggle with fraying. Using shorter lengths seems to be the only sensible solution. But, then I get tempted to try just a wee bit longer … and then comes the frayed end!
hi mary i would love to win this. i have used the metallic thread on a few things but it was hard to work with so did not use it again. would love to try this and see how it works. the thread i used was a bit hard and scratchy to work with so i would love to try this.
I would love to try this metallic! I have used Kreinik blending filament to combine with a strand of cotton – very hard to manage. The fine braid does better but sometimes is too thick. The DMC metallic floss is better than the older products but it is divisible and knots easily. Metallics are great to embellish but I have shied away from them lately because they are so hard to manage. I would love to try the Diamant and compare!
Like many others I have tried to use regular metallic thread for embellishments but have been frustrated by the stiffness and the fraying. It would be nice to work with such a quality product.
I have had mixed results with metal threads. Sometimes they work well and other times, well not so much. I love the effects they give and use them quite often.As to a favorite I have not found any specific ones. I would love to give these a try.
I haven’t found a metallic thread yet that I love…I’ve used the DMC stranded and the one on the spool, but found that for smocked ornaments at least, they shredded too much. I’d love to start off with metallics again in some stitchery…thank you for the opportunity to win this new to me variety!
I love couching metallic embroidery thread, but I would like to work with some thread that didn’t shred to bits as it went through the fabric so that I could try something in addition to couching! 🙂
I have so wanted to finish some wool felt Christmas ornament, but just cannot get the metallic floss to work. I have also tried my machine embroidery metallic thread,it was not successful. I am about to give up on this project. Thank you for the chance to try something that sounds promising. Paulette
Everyone needs a little sparkle in life! I love metallics; especially Accentuate. Just one strand added to your thread makes a beautiful and subtle difference. The metallic filament catches the light! Silk Lame is another favorite. Beautiful to stitch with and very jewel like.
Thanks so much for your daily “generousity of knowledge” as well as this opportunity at a giveaway. Please forgive any typos — keying without my glasses.
Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I’ve only used metallic thread once about five years ago as an accent for a postcard quilt I believe. They look rich.
Thanks for the give-away! I used Krenik years ago in a couple of projects, but didn’t like using it. You’re so generous with all of the information you share. I very much appreciate it!
Wow! Nice giveaway! I’d like to pull out my little stash of metallics and use them, along with these if I should be chosen as winner, to do a project “Turkish Style” which is sort of like Laid Work that is couched into petals and flowers using metallic threads. I think that would solve the usual issues of metallics which is mostly a lack of pliability, so laying and couching should look really good. I’d like to borrow your Mission Rose Project pattern for it!
I have not had any experience with metallic threads in my embroidery as yet although I do love the “sparkly”. I would love the chance to try these threads out, especially after reading your review. Thanks Cathe and Mary for your generous give-away.
I love metalic thread because of the shine and glimmer it gives even the most simple of pieces. I hate metalic thread because it is so delicate, frays so easily, and knots even easier. I have found that if I use short strands combined with one strand of cotton floss and run it through Thread Heaven I have a better chance of using most of the strand.
I understand that these threads are easier to work with and I am eager to give that a try.
Thanks to all for the giveaway.
I am a recent user of the metallic threads. I was doing a Christmas stocking for my sister’s 65th birthday. There were many greens and reds in the poinsettia. I went to my stash and found several metallic color reds and greens to add to what I was doing. It really made it pop!
I next took a class on stitches for effect and used the silver and gold’s to give wonderful accents. I learned as much about the materials as the stitches. I say add a little sparkle to you life and your pieces.
I actually have no experience with metallic threads other than looking at a spool I had bought for an ornament and thinking I don’t think I can do that….
I have not used metallic threads. Would enjoy trying!
I am curious to try Diamant. As others have mentioned, when working with metallic thread using a shorter length of thread is key. I use it for small accents, and love the life it brings to the piece.
I have used metallics but are they ever frustrating. As I really like the look they can add I refuse to let them defeat me. If these threads make it easier to use them they will be my new fav!
I’ve found metalic threads very frustrating to work with. I’ve given up on doing anything but couching with them.
I’m anxious to give these a try.
I have used only metal threads that were couched to the surface. It would be interesting to add a “stitched into thread” to a design. I think small independent shop owners are hovering around sainthood. I have a hard time ordering supplies on line. Thanks for this chance to win! Louise
I have tried the metallic threads…and what a mess! I keep trying them but they tangle so badly, it’s almost not worth the “sparkle”. I have tried a new brand Silk Lame` braids by Petite. They work well, but I am not sure you would classify the same type thread. I would certainly love the chance to test out these DMC threads! Thanks again for you informative blog, I always look forward to it. Blessings!
I’ve used a little bit of metallic threads before, but I only use them occasionally, because they’ve been so frustrating to work with. The DMC 6-strand metallic floss, for example, simply will. not. thread. for me. And if I can’t get it inside the needle, then I can’t sew with it.
In a stash of old floss a friend gave me was a small bag of some other gold thread that was much easier to use, but since it was just tucked inside a plastic bag, I have no idea what it was or where to find it again.
Oh my goodness,another give away! Thank you, thank you!!!
I use metallic threads quite a bit. I have used Kreinik, DMC and Rainbow Gallery. I like each of the them for different reasons. Kreinik, of course, has such a wide range of thread types that you can usually find just the right metallic for what you want. DMC in the states doesn’t have as many but I have used their metallic floss quite a bit and with the right project it stitches up very nice. If given the choice, I prefer to use Rainbow Gallery blended threads over Kreinik. It seems to me that Rainbow Gallery doesn’t shred as easily. And now we get to the most frustrating part of metallic threads, the shredding, breaking and fraying (oh my). I have found that the best thing to do is to use a shorter strand, I usually use about 12 inches (sometimes a wee bit more maybe 16 inches). This might seem too short, but I have found that the shorter thread doesn’t give as many fits. Also, using a conditioner is a must. I use Thread Heaven but I have heard other people say that bees wax works just as well. Even though metallic threads give us fits when we use them, they are well worth the end results.
Forgot to mention a laying tool. When using metallics, especially blending threads, a laying tool is essential as it encourages the threads to behave themselves.
I just remembered one other thing when using metallics – you need to use a slightly bigger needle. By making the hole in the fabric just a wee bit larger, it cuts down on the fraying dramatically. I also use Sulky metallics/hollographs occasionally, because the treads are so much thinner, you either have to use a sharp needle with a small eye, knot the threads, or just breathe deeply while you fiddle with the thread. Depending on the fabric knotting may not work well. I recently cross stitched a picture where I added metallics. It was an ocean scene from a British cross stitch magazine. I used Kreinik braid and blending, as well as Rainbow blending and also Sulky hollographs. I was very pleased with the overall effect. It seemed important to me that since this was an ocean scene that it flash just a bit. Also, I stitched this on 40 count over 2.
My experience with the metallic threads has not always been good – with threads fraying, knotting, kinking, and such. I have learn to use shorter pieces of thread and NEVER reuse one when you have had trouble with it. I have no favorites at this time – but hope to be able to get some of the DMC Diamant to see if this could be my favorite. Then maybe I would use metallic threads more often. Can’t wait to find out.
I have not had the opportunity to work with metallic threads of any kind.
Thanks to you and your fabulous newsletter, I am brave enough to give it a try.
there are so few places to learn about new things, and I am glad to have found your site.
Thanks for a chance to win.
I really enjoy a bit of bling in my needlework, especially my Christmas projects! I have played with all sorts of metallics, from the real metals of goldwork to the braids and blending filaments. Lately I’ve become a fan of bijoux, which is sooo easy to work with. The one I like to use least is blending filament – looks great, but is a real pain. These new Diamants certainly look lovely.
I have not worked with metallic thread but would like to learn. This giveaway would give me the opportunity to use these beautiful threads.
SWEET! I’d love to try it! 🙂
I have tried using metallic thread a few times. It hasn’t gone well. It usually gets knotted a unpleasant. I would love to have some metallic thread that would work well. It’s so pretty!
-Heather in Chicago
Ilolve touches of gold and silver here and there on an otherwise ordinary canvas. It just picks up the mood, somehow. I normally use #4 Kreinik’s gold when I want to add a touch – or sometimes a thinner one added to the floss. I would love to try DMC Diamant. It looks very siple, gentle, to use.
Wow what a wonderful give-away! I have to confess I am a newbie; I’ve never worked with metallic threads. This would be a great opportunity to acquire some.
I would love to try Diamant! I have, as you said, ached to add some sparkle, but just can’t put up with the hassle of the metallic threads available to me.
It’s been 30+ years since I tried to use metallic thread. It came in a kit for Christmas decorations and was like very thin foil. It was twisted with some other thread that had to be separated from it to stitch. When the metallic didn’t tie itself in a knot, or break, it looked beautiful on the final embroidery, but was horrid to work with. I have a couple of projects on which I’d like to add metallic thread, but am afraid to buy the wrong thread and waste my money or patience.
I am still very new to embroidery, having only started my second project. But i find that embroidery is amazingly relaxing. I have started making a quilt for my son who is now 6 months old. I have worked with a gold metallic thread on my first project which went ok, but admittedly it was quite a bit of a struggle. I would really love to have the threads to add some life to the quilt. It would definitely add the WOW factor. Thanks for the opportunity to win these threads!
Carol Kowlesser (South Africa)
Hola, no soy experta en bordado pero me gusta mucho y estoy aprendiendo mucho con tus indicaciones.con los hilos metalicos solo una vez intente hacerlo pero no pude, sin embargo con el consejo de Meari (20 de junio) creo que se puede intentar “hilos mas cortos y con pegamento en la punta”.
So often I have wanted to add metallics to my work, but so far each time I have ended up removng the entire area.
I hsve tried several spools or hanks of metallic thread, and I was seldom happy with them. The brands include DMC and Sulky, along with several others. For metalic “thread” I have only been satisfied with some cones of metallic yarn in which the metalic is spun with silk.
I would very much like to try out the Diamant thread. If they are just 1/2 as good as your article suggests they will be a joy to work with!
I have used metallic threads before, but never found any that I loved. The DMC Metallic on a spool was the best for my purposes. If they were not such a ‘pain’ they would probably find their way into my stitching more often. Using a short strand – at least half the normal length – and swiping through Thread Heaven seems to help a bit. Thanks for this opportunity to win a set of Diamant!
Using metallic is tough but I love the sparkle in my projects! it tends to twist and fray so I really watch how much I am moving the needle around when stitching and add a dab of glue (wait for it to dry) to the ends to control the fray. I also use a shorter strand of floss than normal which really helps even if I am forever rethreading. It is worth it for the bling! I am starting a snowflake project and the DMC Diamant would be ideal for that special something! From your review, it sounds like it would be like stitching through butter. It would come in useful with the 40 or so snowflakes on my project. Love the bling!!
I’ve been nothing but frustrated with metallic threads in my work:( I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the chance to find some that are fun to work with, because who doesn’t like to add a bit of sparkle to just about everything? Thanks for the chance to win!!
This thread is beautiful! Thank you for offering it. I have used DMC 6-strand metallic but it was difficult to use; easier if I couched it. I have used Kreinik on a smocked purse with much better results. I am inspired by the gold threads you use and am looking forward to adding some glitter to my embroidery.
I tried metalic threads, in frustration, I gave up on them because, they kept on breaking. Would love a chance to try these Diamant thread. Who knows, it may just be thread I have been waiting for, to fall in love with all over again!
Metallic threads for the most part are hard to work with. They shred in the needle and some of the metalic will come off in the stitching. I use very short strands when I do use them.
yes I have used lots of metallic threads over the years. I have never heard of the DMC metallic you reviewed the other day. I would like a chance to try them. Nice of Cathy to donate this prize for your giveaway. I guess I would have to say I like Krenik metallics best for their vastness of choices and colors. Thanks!
My experience with metallic threads has typically not been good. I have found them difficult to work with in the sense that they tend to “stick” in the fabric. I have recently decided to use them mainly to couch rather than run them through the fabric.
I don’t use them terribly often. The DMC threads are good. I’ve used Kreinik, but I prefer their Japan threads for couching. I have found the others harder to work with. They are nice for Christmas gifts (many colors) or decorations. The owner of a needlework store recommended using beeswax or another lubricant to make their use easier, but I have not yet tried that.
I have also recently gotten some metallic threads from Tinsel Trading. These are vintage threads that can be used in a number of ways. I haven’t decided yet on a project for them, but I feel that (due to the cost) I will end up using them as couching.
Some that I bought at Tinsel Trading were on deep discount because the integrity of the thread was not good — snapped easily — due to age. This was specifically and clearly disclosed. Those I have decided to cut into short lengths, and blend with dyed fleece on my drum carder for spinning. This will be an attempt to create some very artful yarns, or maybe I’ll felt these batts — I have not yet decided.
I’ve largely shied away from metallics because they’re so hard to use. But I’d love to try the Diamant.
This thread looks tremendously interesting. I do primarily Brazilian embroidery and sometimes it is good to be able to add sparkle to flower centers or bugs or even shiny leaves on trees. I’d love to try this out!
I have used metallic threads quite a bit. Some are easier to use than others. I do like the sparkle they give to my needlework. I would love to try the DMC diamanté. Thanks for your review and the contest.
Cool giveaway. I’ve experimented with several threads and found that if I treat them more like flimsy wire then thread, they are easier to handle. In general metallic threads stay were you put them. If you add twist without couching, they will wiggle out of place.
I have tried metallic threads with little success. They curl up, strip off the metallic part and are generally a mess. I have occasionally used them as the base thread in couching, but never buy them anymore. Would love to try something new as I embroider ethnic costumes and a touch of metallic always adds some sparkle.
I’ve only really worked with the DMC metallic pearl cotton. I used it for crouching around an eagle shape on a pouch. It was… challenging. It didn’t corner well, and wasn’t particularly smooth looking. I just bought some gold Japan thread, though, and I’m looking forward to trying that out.
I think my opinion of metallic threads boils down to this — they are worth the aggravation. They are not fun, easy threads to use, but they definitely add that special touch in certain cases.
I have learned more, and received more useful information from the Needle & Thread website than from all others combined. To learn more about this new metallic is good. All the problems working with metallics are, I’m sure, shared by others. Difficult to draw through work, tangling, etc. I IDE a laying tool from The Royal School in England which helps some. To have a smoother metallic would be heaven.
Thanks for the great information, and for your truly inspiring website.
I do often stitch with metallics and am eager to try the DMC Diamant! The regular DMC 6-strand metallics frustrate me as they are so “rough” and difficult to stitch with. The various sizes of Kreinik braid are what I use most often and they work pretty well. Accentuate is very frustrating to me to work with. The fact that you describe DMC Diamant as “smooth” is intrguing and really makes me want to give it a try!
Found your article on DMC’s new metallic thread interesting enough to want to try the thread on a new project. Previous experience using metallic thread on a hand embroidery project (a large Christmas Angel) was challenging. Thanks for the opportunity.
I use metallics a lot, usually Kreiniks because they are easy to find. But Rainbow Gallery also has some good ones. I’ve never had a problem with either brand. However, my experience with the DMC 6-ply metallics was not a good one. They are too stiff. This Diamant looks promising, and I intend to order some to try it.
Would love to try the DMC Diamant metallic thread! My experience with metallic thread has not been great so far. I used it with DMC embroidery floss in a cross stitch picture many years ago and really struggled and have avoided it since then. Now I am into CQ and metallic thread would add that extra layer of bling, if only it was easier to use. Thanx for your awesome website. Grovenore
I have only used the metallic thread one time. It was along time ago and it was a little frustrating. But I have a pattern I am working on that would look really cool with the metallic colors! Thanks!
I have had no experience with metallic thread except on an embroidery machine. I did not have trouble with it that way. I am eager to go back to hand embroidery. I used to do it in my young years, never with metallic thread though. I want to do Mother Earth and her
Children. I love that book.
I’ve used metallics a couple of times. Most recently was as accents in a large blackwork piece: http://string-or-nothing.com/2004/03/27/my-other-life/
The small spots were done mostly in satin stitch, using an inexpensive DMC flat mylar that comes on a spool. I was not pleased with it at all, and wrestled with the thread and the laying tool. Probably because I was stitching in the wrong order. After watching your work and stitching logic, it’s obvious I SHOULD have done the silver bits FIRST, rather than adding them in at the end. Thanks mightily for that lesson!
I have just a little experience with metallic threads–and it was pretty frustrating. I do like the outcome on my embroidery but I struggled with the thread itself. I’d like to try the DMC Diamante. Thanks for the chance to win.
I would love to have these threads! I have been wanting to do some work with metallic threads, but so far have had no luck finding good ones in my area.I have been wanting to do a dragon for my sons wall and the metallic thread would really make it something. I would also like to share my experiences with my embroidery students, but need to test out the different threads first.
Good luck everyone!
I love the sparkle and glitter and liveliness of metallic threads, but I have groaned at the difficulty of using the floss type metallics. My favorite use is to couch the metallic floss, and make the catch stitches using fine metallic sewing thread, lovely experience. It’s alive in your hands! on my blog are pix of some of my metallic adventures. Can’t wait to try Diamant, especially the copper, one of my favorites.
Ow wow, I’m tickled to death for this giveaway. I started out with 3 yd samples from friends on StitchMap then I bought JP Coats metalics, then I saw DMC metalics. What a difference ! I’ve been using them since. I do hand embroidery and would really like to try these to enhance my work.When I’ve use metalics before they were a mess. They would tangle and break in the most awful places. I even tried Thread Heaven with them. I was desperate I’ve yelled at it ,I’ve talked sweetly to it , then I just plain gave up.So I would love to try using this new product.
Estoy realizando un bordado con canutillo oro y plata me gustaría probar los hilos metálicos, para ciertos detalles en mi bordado, no he utilizado ese tipo de hilos, me gustaría experimentar.
When I have used metallic thread sometimes they were easy but other times I was really frustrated with it. Tangled, knotted or just didn’t give much sparkle. I found using a short amount of floss helped immensely in the stitching. Would love to give these a try!
I love the look of metallic threads but have to be careful while working with them since they have a tendency to fray where the needle is. The first time I used metallic I was holding my needle a third of the way down my thread–then noticed the metallic part was totally gone right where the needle was rubbing against the thread. So I have to hold the needle at the very end and hope it doesn’t fall off the thread too often.
Mary, I have only used metallic threads twice. Both times with so,so results. They are so pretty but very frustrating to use. It is the glitter I love! As my daughter says, “Every girl has a little glitter running through her veins!”. Your post on the DMC Diamant made me want to try these gems.
Linda A, Ontario,Canada
I love the look of metallic threads, and would be thrilled to win this set of threads. Depending on the project, metallic threads can be either shiny or subdued, but they add a richness and sparkle to almost anything you put then into. My first encounter with metallics was when I was stationed overseas in Greece. It was a needlepoint picture and if I had not loved the picture so much I think I would have thrown it out!!The Greeks love needlepoint and metallics are very popular. I used beeswax then to keep the threads together and have also used plain candlewax. I did finish my picture and it was beautiful. Even though it was over 30 years ago, the threads look just as beautiful now as they did when I completed it.
I’ve worked with metallic blending filaments which were no problem. I’ve used Kreinik cords which worked beautifully. I’ve also used the DMC metallic threads that are readily available in craft stores. Those I absolutely despised and will never use again. Try as I might the metallic part would invariably separate from the core and leave bits of black thread showing or worse yet it would crack and fall off. Alessandra in CT
I’ve used metallic threads a lot but find that I have to use a number of tricks in order not to get frustrated with them. Threads for sewing need to be much, much shorter than I would normally use and selection of correct needle size is essential, as the metallic will fray and split from too much passage through the cloth and a correctly sized hole will reduce this. Working ‘hands free’ with a frame stand is a MUST so that both hands can be occupied in either passing the thread or keeping control of the loop before it is drawn through to the other side: this vastly reduces tangling. I mainly use DMC brands if I am using metallic threads rather than Japanese gold, as I prefer the shades available and the quality generally is very good.
I’ve done some work with metallic threads. They work well if you cut short length and take your time, making sure the thread doesn’t get twisted. Before yesterday, I hadn’t heard of the DMC Diamant. It does look like a thread that would be nice to work with.
I have used metallic thread quite frequently. Mostly I use Suncoco and Guterman brands, though I have not yet picked a favorite. Metallics can be frustrating as they have a tendency to separate or break often. For this reason I use metallics primarily in my tambour needle embroidery. It minimizes the abrasion on the thread. I have found that using short pieces and stopping a few times to allow the thread to untwist helps keep the thread from breaking.
I have tried metallic threads once or twice, and they give such a sparkle and pop to projects. So far couching down metallic thread has been my only experience so I would welcome an opportunity to try some other stitches with this beautiful thread.
I have had very positive experiences with metallic threads – I use them when called for in a range of cross stitch patterns plus I design and stitch my own pieces on very fine (heirloom quality linen from my local shop) pulling in various stitches, but mostly outline & satin stitches. patience is called for and sometimes a dot of fabric glue. in these pieces I love to add decorative metallic threads along with neat buttons & beads and tiny found objects. The metallics bring the bling since the more bling the better! The latest piece I am working on for my younger niece is a princess bedroom design (naturally for this cute princess of a niece!) and have decorative metallic thread overlaid to embellish the bed spread (the pillows on will be stitched down on top of the bedspread since they are beads- adding a 3d element on top of bling and overdyes). An under the sea piece I designed and stitched for little niece a couple of years ago included some metallics as embellishment along with overdyed threads. Mermaids need as much bling as the princesses!
I have never done anything with metallic threads – they are very intimidating! The DMC Diamant ones look do-able. I would love to give them a try.
Oh, WOW!!! What a fabulous giveaway – thank you so much Mary (and Cathe)! I *love* sparkly threads, and so I try to work with metallics whenever I can LOL! I like the DMC Light Effects range, because of its variety of colours and its good coverage with only a few strands of thread. I have used blending filaments in the past but find them a lot more fragile and finicky, and they don’t provide as much colour. The Diamant threads sound really lovely, thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂
I have a lot of experience with metallic threads. I love to add some sparkle to my needlework. I love doing Goldwork and playing with different types of metallic threads.
My favorite is a tossup between DMC’s Japan Thread and Access Commodities’ Wyres and Passing threads. I had a bit of an issue when I first started using the Passing thread. For some I will cheat and use metallic Gutterman machine embroidery thread. I find that this holds up best for things like embroidery on clothing that will go in the wash machine. (Yes, I do hand embroidery on my Ren Faire costumes and yes, I put them in the wash machine)
The best trick I have learned is from the goldwork class I took through Thistle Threads. Tricia told us to use a Japanese needle when you are working with it. The rounded eye allows the threads to slip better on the needle so they do not break as easily or snag on a rough spot in the eye. The other nice thing about them is the slightly bigger eye opens the hole a bit more so the thread doesn’t snag as much on the fabric.
I avoid metallic threads like the plague if I can due to them shredding and splitting annoyingly. I’m actually quite excited to hear about this product and can’t wait to try it one day.
I love the look that metallics give but have limited using them to small areas because of the hassle of using threads in the past. They have a tendency to unravel and knot up as they pass through the fabric. I was encouraged to see the article describing this thread- both for the ease of use and the color range. Thanks for bringing us such great information on items that we would not have a chance to use otherwise.
I don’t have experience with metallic thread. My last project was nursery rhyme characters on quilt squares for a baby quilt. I love hand embroidery. Email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
What a wonderful give-a-way!! My only experience with metallic thread was when I sewed the end back on a bolster pillow. There was metallic thread through the fabric. My frustration was that my stitching did not stay in needs redoing.
That thread is to die for
I don’t like using metallic thread as a rule. The thread is just too hard to work with. I love the look once my project is done, but oh what a chore.
When I first started using metalic threads no one thaught me that. I should use scissors.for metal thread, I had a lot of trouble with it shredding , breaking where I folded the thread over my needlde, and just didn’t like it . I STARTED A COUNTED NEEDLE POINT CLASS. AT Stitchers Garden in Conway, Arkansas. After the class I love using it, and try to put some in every project I do. I hope to try this it looks wonderful. Thanks, Tina
experiences with metallic hand embroidery threads:
I don’t really sew much, but when I do, its usually a cross stitich. i love butterfly’s and I bought this beautiful cross stitch kit with multiple different kinds of Butterly’s milling about and each one has some metallic or sparkly thread worked into it making it magical and whimsical. I love it!
I used metallics many years ago and found them a bit difficult to work with. I’d love to try these new ones!
I love metallics to add just a bit of sparkle to my work. They usually feel stiffer and won’t lay quite right, but they add a bit of cheerfulness.
Love your giveaways.
Another thread to fall in love with!
I have used metallic embroidery threads quite a lot and they are very frustrating. They wear badly in the needle’s eye; they unravel badly from the core; they are either stiff and do not lay well, or so fine that they break easily. Trick: use very short lengths, and do not allow the thread to twist!
I am excited by this give-away because I embroider clergy stoles in which I use goldwork and metallic threads. While using differnt types of metallic threads I experienced fraying, even after waxing the thread. I look forward to an opportunity to use these unique threads.
I have not worked with metallic threads because I am afraid to waste expensive thread goofing up. This thread sounds like it is easier to work with, so it would be a good thread to get some experience with before I tackle the real stuff.
I would love to try this new product. It would be an excellent thread to highlight specific areas in a project.
Would love to try this Thread
I love using metallic threads. I’ve tried many different brands and each has its own set of pros and cons. I think the best advice I could give in using metallics would be to use short lengths – about eight inches. Also, I would recommend using a product like Fray Check to keep the ends from unravelling. I usually precut several lengths and glue the ends all in one batch. This way I have a steady supply of threads ready to go. I am looking forward to trying the new DMC metallics.
I enjoy working with all DMC products! The thing I like most is the fact that I can get it in the next city so it is available when I need it. I love to add a little sparkle to a lot of my work it helps things stand out. I have never had a problem working with metallic threads. I keep them short and they don’t tangle. Thank you for a chance to win!
My experience with metallic threads has not been good. I have done projects with this thread, but the hassle is almost not worth it.
I’d love to have the chance to work with these DMC Diamant threads however and see if there really is a difference. I really like the look that metallic thread gives to a project, so I hope I have the chance to win.
Thanks Mary and “Needle In A Haystack”.
All I can say is that it has gotten better over the years. 30 years ago, metallic threads were like stitching with fine wire. Then they were more fluid but tended to fray. The current DMC line up is better but I while I have them; I still don’t really like working with them. When Needle in a Haystack introduced them earlier this year it piqued my interest in metallic threads again.
Thank you,Mary, for another great giveaway!
I have not used metallic threads before, but I just saw a project in the latest STITCH magazine (Embroiderers Guild, UK), that really tempts me to want to try this type of work. What a coincidence that you are having this giveaway! Thank you.
OT: Any word on the Needle Tins’ country of origin? Thank you.
I love to use metallic in both embroidery and lacemaking. My favorite for a solid color with smooth workability is Kreinik cord 4. It always adds a bit of sparkle in just the right place. I’ve used many metallic through the years and have figured out that shorter lengths, and gentle pull help immensely. It is very important to make sure the thread is pulled with the correct size needle so it is less likely to catch on the fabric.
The patterning of the Diamante threads is quite intriguing to me! I’ve been looking for something along these lines to work a sampler of surface embroidery. Perfect! Hope to try these out soon!
Nope! Never used ’em! But….very happy to lose my metallic thread virginity to those lovely fibres. Num, num sparklies!
I love working with golf threads and incorporate some gold into nearly all of my embroidery projects. I use Japan gold #1 for stitching since most other gold threads are for surface only. The trick to stitching with it is make sure that the needle goes in and out straight / perpendicular to the fabric. Metal threads can be frustrating to work with so I’m anxious to try Diamant to see how it compares.
I hand embroider a lot of portraits, and I use metallic floss to embellish the jewelry, clothing, lighting, etc. on these pieces. I’ve only used the cheap, standard DMC metallic floss and it’s kind of a nightmare to work with, especially when making French knots and other delicate stitches, because the metallic part of the floss separates off and bunches up. When you posted about DMC Diamant, I was so excited to hear that there’s a good alternative to the cheap stuff out there.
I am a frequent used of metallic threads and was thrilled to learn that there is an alternative to the most popular metallic thread sold in the US.
My favorite thing to stitch is flowers and love to incorporate some “shine” somewhere in them but often don’t do this as I find it so VERY frustrating using metallic thread as it splits making it hard to first of all, thread the needle and then use. I’d like to use metallic thread that doesn’t do this.
My only tips are short lengths and/or to use beeswax or Thread Heaven over the metallic thread and find this does help…somewhat.
I hav enot had much experience working with metalic threads and what I have had has not been very positive. I am kitting a canvas class for my chapter that requires metalics and your article made me want to try these.
I have used metallic threads with mixed success. Some are difficult, but I like the effect and so I will struggle on. I will continue to try different types and brands. Thanks again Mary,
Shelia in Oklahoma
My favorite metallic so far is Bijou by Access Commodities. It doesn’t fall apart like some others and works well on the machine and hand needle. I use metallic threads to give a little sparkle to my hand work behind my ribbon flowers as it is just a subtle sparkle with accents the other threads. I am anxious to try these to see how needle friendly they are.
I have used metallic thread in the past. It’s interesting to know that they treat it with silicone, since that is what I would do, though the past threads were still a bit “rough”. I look forward to trying this thread it looks lovely!
I have used metallic thread off and on since I have been embroidering. I have learned to use shorter threads then I do for traditional embroidery floss and the benefits of using beeswax. I would love to incorporate more metal thread in my embroidery just for the added depth and glitz it would add to the projects.
I have used metallic threads several times. I think I have only tried the DMC that you can find easily here in the States. It is far less than satisfactory. It knots and breaks and is just a headache to use. This sounds like a dream to work with. I avoid projects that I would use metallic thread on. With Diamant I might not anymore. Thank you for the chance.
I’ve just begun to use Kreinik and so far I like all the different sizes. I’m taking a metallic class soon, and have entered a metallic challenge so am definitely jumping in trying and experimenting as much as I can. Thanks!
I do crewel embroidery, and, to bring a hint of light I always mix with metallic thread. The result is beautiful. After the work is done I framed. It is elegant and a piece of art on my home.
I would love to win these threads. I use metallic threads all the time in my Crazy Quilting work. I’ve used several Kreinik threads, most often the very fine braid. It adds a lovely sparkle to a combined seam treatment and is often just the right textural difference to bring a seam to life. I find I need to use shorter lengths in the needle as the thread wears easily with repeated pulling through the fabric.
When I work embroidery I use the metallic thread
in 14 to 18 inches long, that way I have no trouble.
I was excited to read your review of this new metallic thread, and am eager to try some and compare it to the various threads I’ve been using.
I’m a “graduate” of Tricia Nguyen Wilson’s online class in goldwork, I helped with the stitching on the recreated jacket at Plimoth Plantation, and I’m a member of a medieval re-creation organization. So, I enjoy stitching “bling” from the past!
I’ve used DMC’s regular line of metallic threads–in fact I’m using them in a few elements of a sampler project right now. So far I’ve mostly blended one strand of metallic witn another strand of plain colored floss, but there will be a chain of just silver too. I’m not wild about them, so I’d love to give these a try!
I use metallics a LOT. I like the Madera metallics for machine work (though I use them for hand work). They make great spiders and spider webs and the colors are wonderful. I use sulky holographic threads (make great dragonfly wings). Ricky Timms Razzle Dazzle threads are heavier and make a bolder design (great metallic beetles). I have plenty of the DMC six strand metallic floss, but only use it in a pinch. The trick with metallics is use a larger needle than you think you need. It helps with dragging it through the fabric without shredding so much. Use a shorter length than you would use with other threads…believe me, it makes life easier…he longer the thread, the more it will shred. I love trying new threads….never miss an oportunity.
I haven’t used much metallic in hand embroidery, but I remember using the DMC metallic that comes in the skein. I don’t remember for what, though. I have used metallic in machine embroidery, with good results. You’ve made this thread sound like a must-try hand thread, Mary!
I have a little project I’m starting that calls for using metallics and in truth I have been dreading it. They are such a hassle to use – its been years since I even thought about it. They are so inflexible and fray apart so easily. These sound different – and of course they aren’t available here in the states. Seems Europe gets all the good stuff! Anyway, would love to be the new owner of these little babies. Thanks for the opportunity. Look forward to your email everyday.
Wow, what a great give-away. I was very interested when I read your newsletter about these threads. I have tried metallics a couple of times, but have had trouble with them. I may try Meari’s idea of superglue on the end. Thank you for your newsletter and give-aways. Teresa
Re: Diamont. I create my own cross stitch patterns from classic art through computer programs. I have a particular affinity for Gustav Klimt, who as you probably know, loved to use gold and silver in his work. They cry out for metalics! I use them, but have not enjoyed it much as I am very particular about perfect, even stitches and this is difficult with standard metalics. Read your article on Diamont and saved it along with others to track the California source. Have not ordered yet, as currently have a couple of projects going. Would love to give it a try – and, well, FREE works for me like nothing else! Best wishes! Deb
My experience hand sewing with metallic threads has been a very frustrating one. They separate and shred like crazy. There’s been many times when just a little spark of metallic thread would give a nice sparkle to my piece. I’ve tried using different needles to no avail. I really like some sparkle in some of my art quilts too. Thanks for the chance to win.
I have not tried any metallic threads as yet this would be a great way for me to try them.
I would love to win these threads! I’ve only used the dmc metallics in the skeins, and boy are they a pain in the rear to work with. I don’t have any tips because I just sort of gave up on them. I’ve seen a couple really good tips in the comments so far that I am going to try, however, and maybe future attempts will go better!
So far, my experience with metallic threads has taught me a whole new vocabulary that can’t be used in public. I have found that very short lengths are a must. I use the kreinik threads from time to time but have found they work much better couched into spider webs. Otherwise I avoid them. I’ve tried Razzle Dazzle and don’t much care for that either.
I have never used metallic thread before but I would love to give it a try!
Oh yay! I would love to try this lovely thread! I have used metallics a few times and its always been a nightmare. The fraying, the tangling, ugh. I have a rule about needlework, anything that makes it less then enjoyable gets tossed out the window (once quite literally to my neighbors great confusion) so metallic threads have pretty much been relegated to carry alongside status, or the occasional couching. My favorite use is actually to use it as a carry along in my knitting to add a little glitz. As far as tips go, thread heaven is this girls best friend. Of course, as many others have said already using shorter lengths helps (although I find that terribly annoying) and starting with an away knot is a must.
It’s been a long time since I’ve tried stitching with metalic threads. They’re so stiff and ‘snaggy’ that I gave up on them. I’d love to try these new ones.
I have an embroidery/sewing machine and have gotten away from hand embroidery. I just recently started back to it because of a panel I bought and wanted to embellish it. I realize, now, how much I have missed the art and am glad I started doing it, except—I had forgotten why I didn’t use metallic thread that often. I started this project using that ornery stuff. The whole thing has taken on a life of it’s own. I keep doing more and more to it than is necessary knowing it is laborious using the metallic but knowing in the end it will be awesome. As cantankerous as that thread is it does make you projects pop in spite of the slipping, twisting, knotting, etc. In the end I remember looking back on past projects and saying to myself WOW! so glad I used it. I really don’t have a preference on the brand. They all act the same way. Hateful. I, also, don’t have any tips on how to use it wisely except to persevere. Something just came to mind. Maybe by running it over a bar of soap it will tame it some. I am going to try that tonight when I am embroidering. Can’t wait to try the DMC Diamant. DMC has a long history of producing quality flosses and threads and I’m sure it will be a well behaved little product that I will enjoy on many of my future projects.
I’ve only worked with the DMC cotton metallics (the kind you can find at JoAnns/Michaels). They were… not great. 🙂 I’d like to experiment with something better!
Hello Mary. I am a great fan of you and your mentoring. I look forward to your messages daily. I live in a fairly remote area and do crazy patch quilting. I do not have ready access to DMC and other products for my embroidery and have had to improvise. Hence, when I am near a sewing store, I pick up machine metallic threads and use them as my embroidery threads with the aid of Thread Heaven to help with the stitching. I do order online at times, but prefer to see the real thing in person. So, I often go without, as a result.
I thank you for posting this DMC metallic product as I was unaware of it. So, in this gesture alone, I have learned something new today. I would love the opportunity to participate in today’s give-away of these beautiful looking threads. It will also provide me the opportunity to try them out and know more about them.
Thank you, once again, for your time, effort and wonderful lessons.
I started crazy quilting about a year ago and making bugs w/ Arlene White this year and I like to put in a little bling in via threads or beads.Not knowing which metalics to use, there has been a lot of frustration- clumping,snaging,twisting, disapearing down into the surroundings you name it.The one good thing I found is to use Thread Heaven conditioner- my saving grace. My favorite to buy has been Kreinik simply because of the color range.I`m still not savy on the size thing. Thank you Mary for my on going education.
I have not tried metallic thread in many years for hand stitching. I was so frustrated with my earlier experience that I just gave up. The thread separated very badly and broke very, very easily. I could take about one stitch that looked decent, I wouldn’t say even good and then my thread was a mess. I would love the opportunity to try metallic thread again.
I haven’t used much metallic thread since my cross stitch days, but I’d love to use it with my newly acquired embroidery skills!
Hi Mary: thank you for yet another give away. I have used metallics on several occasions: none have ever really excited me. As everyone who has used them knows, they kink, knot & fray. But, persisting is so worth it, because they add so much to your work. Using short lengths, hanging the thread to un twist it(or re-twist it,a the case may be) help: but you always have to be more careful & patient. One thread I do like working with, although not truly a metallic, it does add a lot of shine, are the Rajmahal art silks. They are quite nice to work with, as long as you remember to limit the length of your thread. Thank you again for another great give away that I would love to try..I love doing gold work & would love to add the dmc diamant to my repertoire. Best regards: Amanda
I have not had the best experiences with metallic threads, but I’ve used them in several projects. I wouldn’t say I use them “often” but I have used them enough to know I’m usually not fond of working with them! I think the Kreinik #4 braid is what I’m most familiar with using. I did stitch one project with various thicknesses of Japan gold metallics and the thicker of these I found quite hard to work with (although they looked pretty). I don’t like the fraying I’ve encountered and just the general texture of them bothers me. I think I’ve used Thread Heaven with them once, but wasn’t crazy about how it clung to the textured metallic. I’d like to try these new Diamanté flosses!
I do use metals and metallics quite often. Japanese gold is the one I use most and, of course, it isn’t stitchable except in the smallest sizes. DMC’s “fil or” is the one I use next most often; it has the disadvantage of coming untwisted easily. The Kreinik braids work quite nicely. They’re flexible, not wiry, ahd they don’t fray a lot. I have used others infrequently, but I look forward to trying Diamant. I checked around and, like you said, they are not readily available. I’d love to win this set of threads. It must be getting close to my turn, don’t you think!
Mary, thanks for keeping us informed, not just for informing us about cool stitching supplies, but also where we can find them!
I have used a similar thread to this, a papillon, for goldwork – it makes for awesome insect legs and delicate highlights. I have also used it a little bit in wearable art and quilted items. I have not had as much success with the stranded DMC metalic floss, though, as it seems a little stiff to work with.
At any rate, the copper one in the pic is just luscious! I could design something around that one!
I’ve used DMC metallic floss & pearl a few times, but don’t like stitching with them. They tend to fray and just generally are messy to work with. I’ve had better luck with some of the smaller Kreinik braids. But sometimes you just need a little sparkle! I’d love to try these threads and see how they work in the stitching I do.
Mary in MN
I have used metallics and hated it. I finished the project put it took awhile. Now I shy away from metallics but these threads makes me rethink that.
I have used metallic threads. I like to use it in my sarees and dresses as they add the little sparkle to the design. But it is hard to work with as it frays. I would like to keep the length shorter.Never thought of using the glue. Good tip.
I use metallic threads on many projects to give some bling. I find using shorter lengths and a slightly larger needle than used for the non-metallics in the piece less frustrating. If one uses a long strand, the thread inevitably starts separating and fraying. A slightly larger needle , thus having a slightly larger eye, will open the fabric better to allow the metallic thread to go through more easily.
I get very frustrated with metallic threads. They twist, hard to get through certain fabrics, and some break. I have tried running them through the wax box, but it does not help much. Kreinik is the brand I am referring to. Don’t want to buy something that I have not tried and experienced with. I will ask my embroidery group about this brand.
I’ve used metallic threads a fair amount. I use short lengths and find that helps.
What a great giveaway. I’d like to try these threads. I hadn’t heard of them before you wrote about them.
I haven’t yet worked with these types of threads, but I was just thinking that they would look great for a monogrammed blackwork needle-book I want to make for my mom.
I am still trying to work with them successfully. Most i have tried seem to fray and unwind during use unless the thread is ridiculously short. However, I have learned – very short thread is a good way to create nice even stitches. Most successful application – a satin stitch unicorn horn – part of a ’80’s vintage kit I am working on. Patience, attention and deliberate careful stitching seemed to be key. And short threads!
AS one of my EGA guild members said about your article on Diamant threads-“I wish we’d known this sooner.” Some of us are stitching teacher’s nametags for the EGA Seminar in Louisville and we were given DMC skeined metallic thread to use on 32 count linen. I thought it was just me as I do very little counted work, but all the 7 members have had to say about it is “#$&&*$%$^%&^”.
yo soy de Chile,, y me gusta mucho el bordado,,pertenezco a la comunidad judia, por lo que realizo bordados de vestidos de Torot, carpetas, etc,, mi experiencia con los hilos metalicos es complicada por que se cortan con la maquina y debo mayormente hacerlos a mano, pero me gustan su brillo y belleza una vez terminado,,quiero aprender mas sobre la orfeberia del bordado,,y tu pagina me encana,, tengo todos tus correos,, mi papa cuando un metal no entra bien en la madera,, le aplicaba cera de vela o grasa, en los hilos tal vez aplicar vela los haria mas suaves y no se romperian al pasar por la tela.. lo voy a intentar y te cuento.. tus trabajos son muy bellos y variados,… gracias por enseñarme..Claudia
Use metallic threads all the time and would love to try these. Currently am working on my own design and I think they would fit right in.
I’ve only used metallic threads a couple times, because they haven’t been very fun to work with. It’s a shame, because I loves me some glittery things!
Over the years I’ve tried a variety of needlework styles and materials and am currently interested in Goldwork and Elizabethan embroidery in silk and gold. My most recent piece was an insert for a small jewelry box based a floral pattern with swirling vines done in silk with gold highlights on the vine and small gold spangles sprinkled about.
As others have mentioned, using shorter lengths helps
when working with gold. I’d love to have a chance to experiment with the DMC Diamant.
I love the effect the metallic threads have in embroidery. I have used them on their own and blended with other threads. I do find them sometimes tricky to work with but find that as I use them more, it is becoming easier.I have found working with shorter lengths so they do not fray as much.
I have used the standard DMC metallic threads a number of times. At the end of each of those projects I am thrilled with the resulting sparkle, but resolve never to use such frustrating threads again. Clearly that resolve doesn’t last, as I keep going back to them 🙂 Recently I bought a pack of Kreinik metallics that I am using to embroider spaceships on felt that I plan to applique onto outer space print fabric for a table runner. The Kreinik threads are better than the standard DMC, but still a bit frustrating to deal with.
I love using metallic threads in Christmas ornaments and needlepoint pieces! I’ll use the flat ribbon types in needlepoint ornaments and I use the thinner ones on my linen ornaments and also to make cording – such as using a metallic and a floss in a candy cane twisted cord to really jazz up the finishing! some are a bit stiffer than others so sometimes I have to be careful in doing twisted cords with them…..I would so love to try these softer Diamant metallic threads!
I have used metallic threads several times and have had trouble with fraying unless I use short lengths,which helps. There is NOTHING like having metallics in your work, however. It adds a richness beyond compare to some pieces!
Maybe I am using the wrong type of thread but I do not like using metallic thread because it always unravels and is such a mess. I have even tried only using 12″ lenght of thread but it still starts to unravel. Is there a trick or am I using wrong kind of thread
Hi Mary–another fab giveaway! You are so generous.
For variety in color, I don’t think you can beat the Kreinik metallics. They can be difficult to work with, though.
For ease of workability, I prefer the Renaissance Designs metallics. Soft, supple, very forgiving. Color selection isn’t fabulous, but there is usually something that is close to what I want.
I’ve never seen the DMC Diamant in person. Looks like it might be fun to try.
My experience with metallic threads have been horrible so far…it would unravel, knot up, and hard to get threaded on the needle. I will keep trying though because it is beautiful if you ever get it in place….thanks for this opperatunity to win this set….love your work….
thank you and Cathe for the giveaway! I love metallic threads and have used Kreinik often to add sparkle to a project. It can be fidgety to work with, but I like the results enough to persevere. My main ‘trick’ is go slowly and be mindful (sometimes hard for me!) and to use short lengths and cut away when they get frayed.
Most goldwork I have done is related to Japanese embroidery. Some Zardozi and some western techniques. Favorite thread – perhaps Jaceron. Favorite thing: observing the subtle splendor of real gold thread and wondering when I will feel comfortable enough with my skills to allow myself the luxury of working with them.
I recently became interested in making church vestments and as a result embroidery and was recommended to your lovely website with all the wonderful information and guidance. I made a first, training, stole with a gold applique cross as ornamentation, and bought so called machine embroidery in gold to overlock the edges. After a few stitches the thread started to come apart and I have not succeeded in stitching anything by hand or machine with gold thread (other colors would be welcome also) unless it’s laid with couching stitches. Now that I have a little more experience I’m reconciled to this but it is somewhat disappointing.
OH!!! Pick me!! 🙂 Those sounds lovely to work with. I have used various metallics for both machine and hand embroidery and usually find that they are difficult to work with. They tend to be stiff so I usually couch them down, or do very simple straight stitches. It would be nice to try something new. The Diamante is really pretty.
Actually, I have absolutely no experience what-so-ever with metallic embroidery threads! I did quite a bit of surface embroidery in my (much) younger days, and am just getting back into the swing of things! This give-a-way looks like a great way to start experimenting with metallic threads, especially since this is a brand you’ve already worked with and recommend. Thanks – Cinthea
Gold-work caught my eye and drew me to the intricate loveliness of handwork. However, I have experienced a reluctance to take the step of working with a metallic thread and plead that plain not knowing the materials played a large part in that reticence. These lovely threads make the work seem possible and I can think of plenty of instances where a gleam or glint of light would be the just right finishing touch for a piece, thank-you for the introduction.
I have used metallic thread a few times on Christmas stockings. I did not find it hard to work with and it adds so much to the stockings.
The attempts I’ve made with hand needlework and metalics were with YLI Candlelight. Yes, when I was done with my stem stitch there was metalic sparkle, but it looked like yarn rather than the smoother fibers I thought I had started with. I’m looking forward to a happier result
I love the results of metallic threads, but not working with them. So much so that I tend to avoid using them. Thanks for the opportunity to try the Diamant threads.
I have done two projects with metal threads, and I love them! They enhance my crewelwork, and I would love to use silk with metal threads. I would enjoy using the DMC Diamant threads in new embroideries.
I have used metallic thread sparingly to add sparkle to a few projects, but, found it difficult as the thread used split and was harsh feeling. this would be a real treat to have!
Thanks so much for the chance to win some thread! I would love this because no project I do is complete without a little bling. Those colors look so yummy too. I have spent many hours coaxing other types of metallic threads into working and would love to try some easy ones for a change.
Yes, metallics can be tricky, especially when they untwist at both ends! I use a little dab of Fray Check on the ends of the metallic threads, let it dry for a couple of minutes and then stitch away. Using a shorter length of thread than I would a cotton also helps
I’ve used metallic thread in my sewing machine. It added a nice touch to a wall hanging, but was a real struggle to use. I’m ready to try the DMC Diamant for handwork after being inspired by your previous post. Thanks for organizing a give-away.
I mostly use Kreinik Balger to add a little sparkle to Christmas ornaments, although I have used many other metallics in different projects, including blending filament which I “tie” in the eye of the needle to keep it from slipping out.
What a great giveaway!
I have very little experience with metallic hand embroidery threads, as they are so annoying to stitch with. The actual metal sort of unravel itself from the core, making them a headache to stitch with.
I did try to stitch some nice Christmas cards with them, but I had to give up and buy some instead!
I do hope to try the Diamant threads at some point 🙂
Thank you for the chance to win and try them out! 🙂
I have not worked with metallic threads very much. My few attempts have been so very frustrating that I have stayed away from them. I do love the look and was very intrigued by your discussion of these threads. Am currently working on a Christmas-themed crazy quilt that these threads would be just perfect. Would love to give them a try.
Marianne from Santa Fe
I am working on a special Christmas piece of counted thread that has many areas for gold thread. This project was kitted and the gold thread provided is not working well. I am looking for a replacement thread for this project and for my stitching basket because I need a touch of gold in all upcoming holiday stitching.
Mary: I have never used a metalic thread but have pondered over this. I have a Crazy Quilt that I have been working on so-o-o-o-o long, I have even wondered if I will ever finish it. Metalic thread would surely spark it up and spark me up to finish it. And then just this week, Ricky Tims introduced how to design your own quilt and, WOW! I followed his lessons and now I want to try that. When following his first sessions on design, I have a design.
I can hardly wait to get more of it done AND metalic threads would certainly make it special.
Thanks for another wonderful give away.
Mary, thank you and thank Cathy for your generosity. I would love to try working with «diamonds». I really like my projects to sparkle. I have never tried these fibers but would love to. As you stated most metalics are fussy and these are not. I would much rather not fuss!
I am new to embroidery so haven’t used the metalic thread but after reading on the blog about them, they sound really interesting.Would love the chance to try them.
I am not a “glittery” person (except when it comes to goldwork), but there are those times when I want a little “spark” in some embroidery. In the early days I would turn to Kreinik. workable, but a little stiff. Rainbow Gallery has some (can’t remember the name) that I found a bit more friendly, but the ones I have settled on mostly are Accentuate and Bijioux. I would very much like to try this DMC product (I have some vintage stuff from DMC that I like, but didn’t know they still had this kind of thing available)! Sounds like a good one! thank you, Mary
Metallic threads are a bit problematic for me. I’ve used them in one project and remember going through a lot of FrayCheck. I’d like to give them another chance, though, and the DMC giveaway would be the perfect opportunity. Thanks, Mary, for your tips and enthusiasm!
I have not used metallic thread before but I would love to start. Thank you!
(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)
I have used metallic threads on several projects. They add a lot of shine and sparkle. I find using short lengths of thread helps a lot, you have to thread your needle more often, but it cuts down on the tangling and fraying.
I love metallics! I find some are more ‘user friendly than others . . . I use the Kreinik #4 braid a good bet for counted work on 26 – 32 count linens. It takes some patience, but I like the results. Blending filament, I’m not so fond of . . . seems to be a lot of frustration for not much glitter! The DMC metallics on spools I find useful when a fine thread is needed, and I have, and use, a variety of metallics that are intended for machine embroidery to good effect. I’m always looking for new “sparkle threads” to try.
I’ve dabbled a bit with goldwork and am signed up to do two goldwork classes at the EGA National Seminar this fall. Many thanks to you and Cathe for the giveaway. Rest assured that IF I were the lucy winner, these threads would definitely be put to good use.
I love metallic threads but they shred has I use them in the eye of the needle. I have tired all kinds of needles but just seems impossible. But, I still keep on trying.
I have been anxious to try gold work ever since you did the Tudor Rose. I love the shine gold gives to embroidered pieces. I could feel like royalty (almost) with gold and silver design on a black sweater or jacket.
I like to add a little bit of sparkle in my embroidery. Here some beads, there some pangles, and I use metallic threads in almost every embroidery ! Up to now, I used Kreinik metallic threads. This can be a little tricky, as the thread may fray or split. I also use shorter lengths.
I haven’t used any of the metallic threads I’ve collected over the years as I got discouraged by tales of difficulties in using them. However, when I read your review of these threads, my hand hovered over the “order” button to buy a set of them and finally give it a try. I resisted that temptation, but can’t resist this one.
Marilyn in Las Cruces
I’m new to embroidery, but I have attempted using metallic threads on a xstitch project …once. They seemed to snag on everything and was just a overall unpleasant experience. Maybe I was just using the wrong thread! Also I just joined the embroidery guild here in San Francisco and everyone has told me that I “HAVE TO GO to Needle in a Haystack because it is AMAZING!” I have my first trip planned before my first real project. Wish me luck!
I’ve only used the the 6-stranded DMC metallic floss. I find it rather frustrating to stitch up neatly. It can only be used in very short lengths as it wears out quickly and breaks.
I use metallic threads in stumpwork–I am a huge fan of Jane Nicholas’ work and her books. The metallic threads are fun to use in her designs. Specifically for gilding vines or leaves–either whipping or just accent stiches, capping acorns and creating sparkly dragonfly or bumble bee legs. The trouble with metallic threads is they can unravel on you while you are stitching with them. All brands I have tried so far tend to unravel and snag. So you have to use really short lengths (8 inches or so) to avoid this problem. It is a beautiful effect so you suffer through but it would be wonderful to not have that problem! I would love to try these!!! Thank you for letting us know about them.
I have no experience with metallic threads. I
have never done any type of embroidery in which I thought these threads would work. However, I recently enrolled in the Crazy Quilting (Craftsy) class which you recommended. I think metallic threads might be fun to try in this class.
I think a crazy quilt cries out for a little bling.
I have used the DMC stranded metallic but I find it almost impossible to work with. I use mainly heavier weight threads and couch them. I find even the Kreinike peal. It is very discouraging to work with these metallic threads. I would love to try this new one from DMC.
Tried out this thread myself a couple months ago as the veins of a bee’s wing. It’s a keeper.
We (my girls and I) have never used metallics since we are definitely embroidery beginners. It sounds like these threads would be good as a first try. They are beautiful!
I have worked with metallic threads quite a bit now and have learned a few techniques to help when working with them. A few little tricks so there are fewer headaches: Work with shorter sections of thread and with the needle near the end of the thread. Use the thread conditioner called “Thread Heaven” when only using metallic thread. It is best if you combine metallic threads with at least one strand of cotton floss, this will make the thread go smoothly through the fabric and not put stress on the threads that make it fray.
I have tried a few times to work with metallic thread, but it only lead to frustration. I am very excited to hear about this thread and can’t wait to try it out. I would be very grateful if I win this assortment of metallic threads and put them to good use.
I have not worked with metallic threads at all. I would love to give it a shot though. I do dollhouse miniature rugs by French knotting designs and would like to try one with these threads. I wonder how they would do making a french knot? My website is an online Miniature show for dollhouse miniaturists from around the world.
Oh, how I love sparkly embroidery thread! Oh, how I hate to embroider with all of the kinds I have tried so far! I read your article on the DMC Diamant thread and was very intrigued. I checked out the website to buy it from in the US and resolved to buy some as soon as I get back from vacation in July (one splurge at a time!). So, needless to say, I was very excited about your give away!! 🙂 I would love to use this in my current embroidery project…from the French Needle, which I read about on your blog! I am doing the flowers and think the DMC Diamant thread would just add some sparkle and a bit of romance to the piece. I would love to win this so I could take my embroidery on vacation and put some sparkle in it!
I have tried metallics a few times, but they have been hard to work with. The threads were very stiff, they tangled easily and wore thru the eye of the needle fairly quickly. Not good experiences. These sound much more user friendly.
I have had good results using Krenick Metalic threads. Yes it us a little tricky using metallic thread. You definitely need to go slower while embroideringwould enjoy trying the new metallic by dmc!
Dear Mary, thank you for all your help. I look forward every day for your e-mail. I would
love to win these matllics. I have not as yet
used these threads and I would to try them.
I have some Kreinik mettalic thread, but have never used it. I am just learning to embroider and have been using DMC floss and perle.
I have bought and used metal/lic threads for years. Overseas I was able to buy the diamant thread and it is very easy to sew with.
There is a “zapper” to seal the ends of synthetic thread. Don’t know if it would work on this.
Back in the 1980’s I bought a metallic thread with this on the card “Dede’s Needleworks distributed by Black Distributing. Fiber Lume 65% polyester 35% cotton. It says,” It is best to use a “Pace Needle” to lock threads in the needle. Well, I searched hi and low for that Pace Needle and could never locate one.
Have you or any of your readers ever heard or used a Pace Needle?
Would love to win the thread but hope that whoever wins uses it. It does good satin stitch.
All the best,
I use metallics periodically for a variety of projects. I have used blending filaments for adding a touch of sparkle and Rainbow Gallery’s Fyre Werks for long stitch in needlepoints. I was thrilled when Access Commodities brought back the Gilt Sylke Twist and had success with some lacework. Currently, I am trying my hand at Or Nuê. I find three things really help to keep my stitching neat. 1. Use short lengths, by doing so, you cause less fraying. 2. Use a stiletto or Laying tool of some type. This helps to keep your threads from knotting and allows you more control of placement. 3. Know your thread and the stitches it is designed for. Some metallics can stitch through fabric, but others are strictly for laying and couching. I would really love to try working with Diamant and see what inspiration it would give me.
I have used metallics only once and just love the look it gives your finished projects. I found it a little hard to handle but do love the effect
I have never used metallic thread before. I do have a cross stitch kit that includes a few strands of that thread. I did “finger” the thread, but found it to be somewhat “stiff”. For that reason I didn’t attempt to use it. Your article on the DMC Diamant has me very interested in trying it.
I am currently taking the EGA Correspondence Course ‘Spring Splendor’ which consists of 8 different metal threads along with various shades of Eterna Silk. I am bound and determined to finish this project (if it doesn’t finish me first). By the time it is completed, I ought to be a pro with metal threads. The only problem is, I won’t have any left unless, of course, I win this give away. LOL.
Bonjour Mme Corbet,
J’ai déjà expérimenté le fils métalique dans quelqu’une des mes broderie. Mais après avoir expérimenté avec différentes techniques. Je préfère les utiliser pour en faire des dentelles au fuseaux.
Love your website. Love to embroider. Would love to win this prize!
Dear Mary – How coincidental that you should be offering a Diamant giveaway!! My greatest passions right now are silk and metal threads, as well as blackwork, and I recently ran across a blackwork pattern in a magazine that I loved, but it called for Diamant thread. I contacted DMC and they told me to contact DMC in France and they could send it out. Anyway, the website was in French!! So I lost interest. Glad to here it is available in the US now
I like using metallic threads but they do tend to tangle and sometimes it takes multiple times of pulling the thread up and down to get it to lay straight.
I stitch Brazilian Embroidery, and frequently use metallic threads for embellishment, and highlights. I usually use machine embroidery metallic threads, Krenic braid, Candlelight, but find they frequently separate, split, and otherwise destroy themselves easily. I would enjoy trying a new (to me) thread.
I have never tried metallic threads, but would love to try. I have shied away from them in the past, but have decided it is time to move out of my comfort zone and try new things.
I have not worked a lot with metallic thread mostly because my experience has not been particularly great. It seems to shred and disintegrate and before you know it you are stitching only the center piece of the thread – not good. Soooo I was so interested in the newsletter yesterday that there was this better option and I would be really interested to give it a try. These shiny threads can make such an impact on a piece of stitching – bring it on!
I have only used metallic threads s little bit, and although I didn’t have any trouble with them, I’d hardly call myself experienced. 🙂
Gave up on metallics Cost was a little high because of it landing in the trash. Would love to try the Diamant. Thanks for the give away.
When using metallics I usually choose Kreinik brids, #4,8, 12 or 16 depending on the thickness I want. I use a length no longer than 18 inches and keep the needle about 1 inch from the end of the thread so it does not fray the thread. These DMC Diaments seem worth a try.
I have had great success with metallic threads for embellishing holiday napkins and table runners. The perfect touch to make table linens special.
Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!
I have not used metallic threads of any kind – yet. I love small designs and this looks just the spark to dress them up.
In all honesty, I’ve yet to try metallic threads. Your writing on DMC Diamant Metallics has piqued my interest. Thanks for the opportunity to try them out with the contest; though, I’ve been having a look at them on the Needle In A Haystack website and will probably order one or two in the near future.
Yes I use metallic threads and love them, I like the sparkle ! I use short lenghts of thread which seems to help with the fraying. I use lots of Krenik, all sizes and I like them alot especially when I’m doing a charted canvas. These new Diamant look great, can’t wait to try them.
I have never really tried to embroider with metallic thread. I’m just waiting for the perfect reason to try them out.
I love metallic threads!! I will often add them to a project to embellish or add sparkle. I have only ever used Kreinik Metallic threads and while I do enjoy stitching with them I am often frustrated when they shred or split. I find I have to use very short lengths and then I get frustrated with constantly rethreading and burying the tails on the back of my work. Thank you for this great opportunity to have a chance at winning this great looking thread – based on your review the other day I will be looking to purchase some of this for future projects.
Heather on the very WET Coast
These metallic threads sound so exciting. I can’t wait to try them. I love the look of metallic threads in my needlework and I have used a lot of them. They are tricky to use and I try to keep the stitching length a short as I can manage. That doesn’t always keep some of the threads from unraveling though. I have found that using a very small slip knot at the needle end helps to keep the metallic thread from slipping out of the needle eye. Metallic threads make a great alternative to beads, when the beads sit too far above the stitched surface. As you might guess, I do love metallics!
I’ve used several metallic threads with varying degrees of success and frustration. The rayon metallics are off my friend list permanently! Gilt sylke is awesome stuff, but very fiddly on finer weave cloth. I started a decorative quilted wallhanging several years ago using DMC fil metallic, and that seemed to be the easiest to use and looked wonderful on the Laurel Burch print I was using.
I’d love to try the new metallic, just to see how it compares. There may be an order to Needle in a Haystack in my near future.
Sorry if I am confused but I don’t have a website altho I would love to have yours! Your segments are incredible.
I use metallic threads in embroidery and needlepoint work as well.
It makes our work so much more than it used to be without the magic threads. Sue C
I love the look of metallics in my stitching, which I have to say is mostly some kind of counted thread, whether that is needlepoint, whitework,etc. The whitework doesn’t utilize metallic, but I am frequently using metallic threads on canvas, including Congress Cloth. I usually end up with some kind of Kreinik, but I have used others, such as DMC (the one that comes on a spool in a blister pack) and various Rainbow Gallery threads. The DMC metallic does not work well on any kind of canvas! It shreds and peels pretty badly going through the rough surface. This new thread sounds like it might work a lot better, I’d enjoy giving it a try.
I haven’t used them, but I’d love to give it a shot on the halos of a nativity set I’m working on.
I have just started working with metal threads. I find them a bit harder to manipulate but hope that the problems will go away as I use them more and become more proficient.
I love the look of metallic threads and have used them lightly in Christmas decorations. The bling is lovely especially with the addition of a few seed beads. But I’m afraid my experience hasn’t always been pleasant. Fraying was my biggest problem, as I remember. I kept my thread length shorter than usual and that helped quite a bit. The added sparkle is always worth any frustration!
I haven’t ever used metallic threads before but would love to try!
So, why try out all kinds of stuff and end up frustrated if you can test the best? 🙂
I love metallic threads! I love the sparkle they give to pieces. I mostly use Kreinik, but I find that it splits a lot, especially when I try to thread it through the needle. So, I use it as a carrying thread, but I still have trouble when it comes to the splitting when I thread it.
I have used some metallic threads but have found them mostly impossible to work with. I get frustrated easily so I like threads to work well. I use goldwork most of the time and it would be great to find a nice metallic to sew with.
When you put the post up about the threads I went to Sew and So to have a look, but didn’t order.
Thank you for this chance.
I did a whole picture in Gold, Bronze and Silver of a Celtic tree. The finished result was lovely, but boy was it hard work. As soon as I finished it I saw in you post (about 2 years ago) that metalic threads are best worked in shorter pieces. Doh, if only I had known. I can see that that would work much better. Seeing your post the other day made me want to have another go as these threads sound wonderful.
Your advice is the best I can pass on, because this is where I learn from.
Take care, and thank you again.
I have not used metallic threads yet but after reading all your tips and tricks about them I can’t wait.
I’m formulating (in my mind) a crazy quilt projects-binder cover for all the embroidery, quilt and other projects I’ve done. Sort of like a scrap book. Over the past few months I’ve been organizing all the individual project information (what a job!..taking pictures, initial drawings, cost sheets, fabric samples, etc.), gathering supplies as I find them and scouring the web for ideas and inspiration. I’m almost ready! I definitely want to include metallic tread on this project but couldn’t decide which to use.
When I read your article the other day on these treads I knew they were the ones. Winning them would be spectacular!
Thanks for this site and all the motivation you have given me.
I’ve stitched with metallic threads but I prefer not to. The braids are a bit fiddly.
My experience with metallics is very limited, only for small accent stitches. Would love to win this beautiful set! Thanks for the opportunity. Love your posts & blog.
Diana in Sioux falls
I have not had the pleasure of using any metallic threads but I would sure like to try them out! Thanks for the opportunity!
I’ve used Kreinik metallic thread, the old DMC metallic, and Ricky Tim’s Razzle Dazzle. The old DMC was the least successful. I do two things when I stitch with metallic thread. One…I treat it with Thread Heaven. Two…I use a needle that is a little bigger than it really needs to be to give the metal thread a bigger hole to slide through. I would love to try the new DMC Diamant, because DMC remains my favorite maker of thread and floss. I am really stuck in my ways. 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win this collection.
Judy in MS
Hi, my daughter bought me some metallic thread at Christmas this year. I find them very difficult to use so haven’t tried enough to have a favorite. I have found that if I keep each working thread short they don’t kink so much. I get very frustrated when the thread kinks and shreds just before I get to the end of a particular piece and I have to re-thread. The DMC Diamant look great and your review has made them a wish-list item.
This looks like it would be a great thread to work with. I do use metallics in my hand work and love the effect they give to my crazy quilt pieces. but I am also very frustrated when using it as it seems to “drag” when being pulled thru the fabric resulting in it be coming frayed and finally i am only stitching with the thread base and the metallic has broken off. I also do lots of embellishing on art quilts and like having metallics in them. I would really be a happy girl is I won this.
Thanks for sharing with us.
I did a wedding sampler for a dear friend a few years ago that was a set of gold wedding bands encircled with towers and sweet words. The metallic thread I used was a bit stiff and if overworked, became crackled… not easy to work with! How exciting to find metallics that are cooperative! Although they are not something you use in every piece, I enjoy adding bits of mettalic here and there in much of my work! Thanks!
I have used the metalic embroidery thread in conjunction with tatting thread for a sparkle in snowflakes, stars and even on a sun catcher. I’ve not used it in my embroidery–yet. I’m just beginning to explore embroidery. My favorite is the DMC Diamant and I simply fill the shuttle with both tatting and sparkly thread and tat. I have also used a plain tatting thread as the core thread and the DMC Diamant as the working thread with a tatting needle. I like both looks…different but good. I am wanting to try adding it to a star shape or in a running stitch for embroidery.
Thank you for the chance at this give away.
This thread was not available when I owned my shop. I am used to metallic threads from Kreinik only. I would love the opportunity to try another thread. Despite having severe rheumatoid arthritis, when my hands are working, I take full opportunity. They are working pretty well right and I would welcome to chance to use these. They sound wonderful and I love how the stitches look on your piece.
I have only tried metallic thread once. It shredded all over the place and was a complete failure. I would love to try it again with something I could have a little success with.
I have a love-hate relationship with most metallics. I love their look, but at best, they take longer to work with because you have to use shorter lengths and stitch more carefully. But I do use them when called for and I think they are especially nice in a lot of Christmas designs.
One tip I have learned is to use Thread Heaven on each needleful. This does cut down on tangling somewhat.
Well as a true lover of all that sparkles and shines, I am intrigued. I have not heard of DMC Diamant before. I find metal threads trying since they tend to not do through fabric well and they are a bit stiff. I find it interesting that these threads are encased in silicone, which as you say makes them easier to use. As I have found out over the years certain things are nearly impossible to find in the US. So Thank Needle in a Haystack for caring thread that no one else does and thank you for sharing.
I have never tried a metallic thread but can see where it could give touch of something extra.
I have used DMC metallic thread and found if you will use a little wax down the strand it will keep it from fraying and does not take away from the sparkle. I would love to win this new thread it looks to be much better quality. Thank you for the chance.
I tried using metallic thread on last years Halloween picture. Tore out twice, and still ended up with a jumbled witch buckle. Then tried again on Christmas tree finger towels. Couldn’t do the cross stitches, but made my own ornament patterns and angel halo. I thought it was because I’m a self taught beginner. Good to read it IS difficult. Look forward to trying diamant thread. Thanks
I am working my way through the certificate program through the Royal School of Needlework. I’m also going into my second year at University in the costume program for film and theatre. My last project for needlework was goldwork, I did my own rendition of Jonah and the Big Fish in goldwork. It was an amazing journey to see this idea come to light. I received distinction on this project and was absolutely delighted. I’m now working towards how to include embroidery in the costume program and how metallic threads would be included in historical detail. I love this program and I’m always looking for ideas and threads to use. These threads would be a great way to continue learning how this whole process works. It’s all very exciting!
I have used metallic threads for Christmas ornaments to make the flame of a candle stand out or the wings of an angel for example. I have been wanting to incorporate more metalic threads in my cross stitch and just purchased some to try in my next project!
I have not had good luck with metallic threads. They fray, they pull, they make me want to stick the needle in my eye! I’m intrigued by these new threads, and I may have to give metallic another try!
These colors and threads look fabulous! I love the added sheen that metallic threads give a piece but I have have found some of the ones I have used before a little troublesome-kinking, twisting, shredding…I would love to try these threads!!
Thanks, Cindy J.
I have a whole box of metal and metallic threads — but not this type. My experiences have varied; some are good, some are not. The ones that are bad are very, very bad ! When I run across those, I just unpick and start over — life is too short.
Most metallic threads that I’ve tried to use for hand embroidery seem too stiff, and don’t handle well. I do like Au Ver A Soie Bijoux, but would love to play with the DMC Diamant.
I find they tangle dreadfully and seem to wrap[ around itself. Would be very interested in trying these new threads as I have just been challenged to a crazy quilt swap and of course I want to use shiny threads.
I have tried to use thread magic and this helps some but not enuf.
Metallic threads look so beautiful in a quilt or just a quilt block. I have never attempted to try metallic thread. I know there are certain instructions like tension, bobbin thread type…
I would be interested n trying to correctly learn. I think it would just add so much to the quilt art I am becoming involved in.
My experience with metallics is limited to Kreinik. I find that keeping the length of the metallic thread short helps to avoid wear on the thread. Using a needle with an eye large enough to accommodate the size of the metallic thread helps pass is through the linen or canvas more easily. The Diamant looks interesting. I am getting ready to start a crazy quilt design on canvas and the diamant would make an interesting addition.
Metalic threads are not always easy to manage and use, but the wonderfull work repay the difficulties with them. thank you for this chance. hugs Alessandra
I LOVE to use metallic threads to give some bling to my applique. Since I use embroidery for details on applique, metallic seems to work in natually. I try to pick up all sorts of metallic threads where ever I happen to find them. Some shred badly, some work like dreams. I’d certainly like to try the Diamet.
Thanks for the opportunity!!!
I haven’t tried working with metallic threads before. But I like trying new things, especially a new kind of thread. Embroidery is a new interest of mind and it has been wonderful to have this website as a resource.
Melissa from Troutdale, OR
Hello, I used copper color metal thread on a Christmas Quilt for the trees in stem stitch. The quilt was flannel. Big mistake. It took forever and the stem stitch was a difficult task. The final outcome actually did look pretty as in the sun setting on the bark of the trees without leaves in a winter scene. If I had to do over again I would have purchased a better thread and not use it on flannel. The give away would have been perfect. I’m up to a new challenge.
I have historically stayed away from metalic threads due to past dueling battles of hostile knots & kinking threads. I’m game to try anew with your recommendation of DMC.
I use metallic threads quite a bit. I think my favorite is lacquered jewels that I learned about in the 80’s, but I will use almost anything to add highlights or a bit of sparkle, and I do love both English and Japanese gold work. I couch gold a lot, but if I am actually stitching with it, I am sure to half hitch it on the needle and for some like blending filament I prefer to thread it in a needle with a less stretchy thread. A light touch on the tension will usually keep most under control.
I have used Madeira metalic treads for goldwork on the Icelandic national costume but would love to try DMC Diamant thread.
I have not encountered any major problems with Madeira thread, but it’s best to have a short thread in my project.
What a wonderful giveaway! I have not used metallic threads for hand embroidery but would love to give it a try.
I have had only minimal experience using metalic threads,(some mini thread bits projects from that Website) but I have been looking forward to expanding my abilities.
Thank you for all you do for us & all the knowledge you so graciously share
Gayle in Maine
The metallic threads I’ve used have been a nuisance . No matter how short I have cut them they unravel, and have never had a nice lie on the fabric. I found a stitching pattern, from the U.K., that called for DMC Diamant, but was not able to find it the thread. Your description of stitching with Diamant, makes it sound ideal for stitching. I am anxious to give it a try.
I absolutely adore the look of metallic threads in hand embroidery but I only use it sparingly as I get frustrated with the uneven tension I get when using it. I would cherish the opportunity to try the threads on offer so that I could explore more uses for it.
“Metallic threads, metallic threads, shiny things! Boy – doesn’t everyone like a bit of bling? Pretty colours, gold and silver – stitches to be stitched – makes me shiver. Knots and hoops, thread heaven’s the goop! Needle ‘n thread you’re just the best……or maybe it’s just Mary! 🙂 ”
Pretty colours, warm and rich – have not been exposed to very much, and would dearly love to try – have the goldwork book (bible) and get my fix every now and then – but have not really purchased any thread as not to sure which to buy…..this could be the start x
Hi yes i’ve used mettalic thread i have used many different types , the biggest project was using one of your monograms to do my daughters name Louise in french knot it worked suprisingly well but has since bled a little. I am learning alot about embroidery and would love to try these new threads
Im relatively new to embroidery though have done lots of cross stitch, sewing and quilting. I have never used metallic threads but these look lovely and I would love to win them. Thanks for the opportunity. Kind regards. Abi Williams
I like to couch metallic threads, but to do a stem stitch is very hard for me. The fabric gathers making it difficult to keep things flat. I like the look once I finish, but it is painstaking work.
I’ve never had the chance to work with metallic thread. I’ve heard so many horror stories that I’m sort of intimidated by it, but I love the look! This stuff seems like the perfect thing to start with.
I haven’t used metallic threads yet but often admire the sparkle they give. Would love to introduce myself via these DMC threads – seems an easier option than some of the others out there!
Metallic threads are great for adding dimension and accent.the best tip that I give is when threading your needle , to double over the end of the thread, thread the needle and then pull the single (longer) working tail thread through the loop formed(? Half hitch knot) .that means the tread is ‘tied’ to the eye of the needle and stops it from falling out of the eye
Yours in stitches. Elizabeth shanks
I have used several types of metallic threads; Kreinik, DMC, both the stranded and earlier type that came on a spool and real metal threads of gold and silver for an Elizabethan book cover. They all have their strong points, the synthetics are less expensive, more flexible. The real metal threads though look elegant and very shiny and sparkly but are less forgiving and much harder to work with.
Hi Mary, I have done only a small bit of hand stitching with metal threads, and used them in machine embroidery a bit too. I think there are some “best metallic thread practices” that make it a little less frustrating, like using shorter lengths, a Japanese needle with a round eye, a sufficiently large needle, protecting surrounding threads from being abraded by the metallics, not over tensioning and using good quality threads. This collection of DMC Diamant is a cool giveaway and it’s nice to know these threads are available in the US. A friend had recently brought me a couple spools from Belgium. I had not seen it before. She also gave me a very nice brochure that DMC published to launch the thread – all in French of course, but with lovely examples of its use. Thanks for a great giveaway!
As a bobbin lace maker I have used various metallic threads with a lot of frustration. I would love to have a go with these. Sparkly bookmarks and Christmas gifts would be great.
My first experience with metallic thread was recently. I used gold on a wedding invitation I made for my nephew and his wife. Loved the effect it gave and want to pursue more of using metallic threads. I would love and cherish a chance to win the collection. I plan to get into another sampler type thing soon and pursue that type of needlework. thamk u for the chance.
I use metallic threads allot and I love them! They are great for every day use and wash well. But, when I first tried metallics I really HATED them!!! I think it was because I was trying to use metallics as I would “regular” embroidery thread. What a mess!!! After a bit of trial and error I found they just need to be handled differently. Like – if I want to outline something in a DMC gold purl I couch it down with a very fine metallic, or make a monks cord of two separated strands and couch that down, if you try to use it from the skein as a outline or stem stitch it will be a mess. I found on finer threads if you use a larger eyed needle and “loop the thread over the eye” when doubled It makes a very nice outline stitch. I think it’s just a learning curve when using metallics.
I don’t have a lot of experience with metal threads, so no favorite, but I hope to remedy that situation. I love using them as they add such sparkle and beauty to each piece, especially with silk embroidery. The only trick to use is the one I’m sure everyone knows, use short pieces and go slowly! This is not a case where you can stitch quickly.
Being primarily a counted thread stitcher, I have had a love-hate relationship with metallic threads. When I first started, the only threads available for working on linen were blending filament & the DMC metallic on a spool. Neither were at all satisfactory. With the advent of Kreinik’s #4 braid, things improved. Rainbow Gallery’s Petite Treasure Braid improved on the #4 as it is much softer & easier to use. I don’t care for DMC’s stranded metallic at all – too stiff & pulls stitches too tight when you try to snug them up. Even Petite Treasure Braid has it’s difficulties as it is to heavy for 36ct. or finer fabrics. Reads like the Diamant might be really worth trying. Terrific giveaway, as ususal.
Hi Mary, I would love to try these threads! So far I haven’t waded into using metallic threads — they are expensive and that kind of makes it intimidating. I’ve collected about ten books on metal thread work, trying to focus, gathering the courage and stamina to take the plunge into this challenging needleart. I’ve meant to ask you — would you consider doing putting up some teaching videos of doing metal thread work on your website? I really appreciate your videos — they are so helpful!
Thanks so much,
Sabrina of Port Townsend
I have used DMC metallic thread (Mouliné) once, and I thought it was quite a pain to stitch with, but the result was worth it. I would really like to try the Diamant threads to see if maybe they are easier to work with 😉
Hi, Mary. I’ve used Kreinik metallic threads on several pieces and indeed, do find them sometimes frustrating to work with because they fray or break or unravel if I am not careful. Using a shorter length than the usual helps. I was thrilled to see your review and was going to order a full set anyway but now I’ll wait … just in case I get lucky! (An extremely rare event. 😀 )
Love the look of metallics because they add a bit of sparkle. Use them occasionally but they are difficult to work with. Always cut a shorter length than usual and that helps, about 10-12 in.
I love metalic threads, their sheen gives embroidery exra dimension and class.I often use them and enjoy “Goldwork” itself, however they need careful handling and many of them need to be couched in place. I am looking for diamente threads that can be stitched in place easily in a needle.
Thanks for the giveaway. I have not had much success with metallics but I’d love to try these colors on a night sky I have in mind. I d like the metallics to be the light and use a limited color palatte. Best, Dawn
I have used metallic thread without too many problems.I find using shorter lengths makes it easier to use. Mostly I use DMC threads. These Diament threads are beautiful.
I have used metal threads from time to time. They are tricky to use, but the effect is worth it.
I’ve had a little experience with acrylic metallic threads, where it’s been a race whether they’ll strangle me, or me them first; and such threads as Gilt Sylke Twist and gilt and real gold threads – where the issue is always cost and tarnishing. I’m interesting in these threads because they sound like a lovely medium between the two.
I love the look of metallic threads (a bit of a magpie in that regard). The only time I’ve used it, however, was a metallic braid in a piece of canvas work. I loathed the way the thread caught at the canvas so much that I’ve never been game to try another. The fact that this is smooth and soft really appeals to me though!
I would love to try these threads as most of the metallic-type threads I’ve used have been very frustrating. Either they catch on the fabric and other stitches or kinking or fraying, or splitting or all of the problems at once.
However I have preserved because I love the sparkle metallics give to my work. I either couch down thicker metallics for outlines or use very fine ones doubled with the needle in the middle of the thread so it cannot slip out. Protecting the thread, short lengths and going slow seem to be the “secrets”.
My experience thus far with metallic threads has not been very good. I have tried several brands from DMC to Accentuate and just about everything in between. I have tried using the metallic thread alone and with floss. I have tried running it through Thread Heaven. Nothing seems to make much of a difference so I tend to stay away from using them, unfortunately. However, I’d be willing to give these a try if I should be the lucky winner!
I think the last time I used metallics was some small projects for Xmas presents – I used them for a bit of sparkle on snowflakes and water, for sparkle on stars and on designs when i wanted them to catch the light. It wasn’t hard and I really enjoyed the effects.
There are so many projects that could be
enhanced with metallic threads, but it never
seems to be worth the hassle. These new DMC
threads sound wonderful….I’d love to win them.
Pat in Lebanon
i have just begun my embroidery journey and have not yet tried metallic threads however i feel the sparkle would look awesome on my crazy quilt
Most metalic is stiff to work with on 36 ct. linen, but sometimes I really like the glitz.
I have used DMC metallic and Krenig blending threads. Not really trouble but the metallic threads do not hold up in longer pieces that I usually use in embroidery. Perhaps I tend to be patient and cut new lengths or start over if they break or shred. No tecniques, I am afraid.
I’m using a metallic at the moment trying to
stitch hungarin braided chain, the language
is’nt the best and its just bad temper and
determination that keeps me going.Unfortunately
one I have used quite successfully I can’t
read all of the label – what I can see reads
Au Papillon and Fil D’or DeLux, rest is impossible to read.
I haven’t used the metallic threads yet! almost afraid to, as I haven’t had good luck with using them for machine quilting. I really enjoy you site and all the great information you share.
I have struggled when using metallic threads. The tangles took the joy out of my project and simply don’t use them any more. I would relish an opportunity to try the DMC Diamant thread.
My experience with metallic threads is limited, but I have had some! When I was in primary school I was a member of the junior embroidery guild and I remember sewing a patchwork jacket that I then embellished with all different types of golden thread. Not necessarily hand embroidery threads, it was all hand stitching, but I also used machine embroidery thread, golden ribbon that I sort of used as bias binding around the edges and added some gold beads as well. I still have the jacket! I was quite proud of it! I’d love to have another shot at using metallic threads since I’m now all grown up!
I´ve tried using metallic threads on occasions with disastrous results so I´ve stayed clear of them.
But recently I wanted a “metallic” aspect to something I was working on so I used the DMC metallics to whip a stem stitch worked with “normal” thread. The result wasn´t exactly what I wanted but it had to do – I wasn´t going to go thru´ the fraying/splitting process AGAIN!
Now I must just get hold of DMC Diamant! After reading your review, I can feel my hopes building up…. Just hope they introduce COLOUR!
I would love to try these threads. I have used the regular DMC metallic floss and that’s about all. We all know it can shred. You need to use short lengths. I also find it tends to kink and fail to lie as smooth as I’d like. I don’t have a lot of experience to share. Thank you for offering this give away. I could use different experience.
I have had more success with machine embroidery using metallic then by hand. The metallic thread I have used in the past, seemed to stress, fray and break easily. I would love to try some metallic accents on some lettering.
I’m really following all information you are sharing about metallics, since my experience with just one, Kreinik, has not been successful. The only way I could use this wispy thin thread is to “couch” it. I know I must be doing something wrong ? And, so I’m forging on, with the hope that I can master more of a variety of metallic thread techniques. This giveaway seems like an answer to a prayer. I so love the richness of the finished product in metallics – especially love the look on the ecclesiastical pieces. I am wanting to work more with metallics and hope, with practice to produce a “professional” look, worthy of the cost of these materials. A free supply to start with would really help. Thanks again.. Judy in Pittsburgh
I have tried the metallic threads, but was extremely frustrated as they frayed and looked messy. I set these aside, thinking one day to try these again, how do you keep these from fraying and falling apart?
I have only used metallic thread a few times, mainly in Christmas embroideries. I generally find them difficult to use and will often ” make do” and not be completely happy with the finished product because they are a hassle. I find they tangle a lot, don’t generally blend that we’ll with other threads, tending to remain separate and not blend well. I also find they ” stick” when drawing them through the fabric. Finally I find that the shine, glimmer and sheen is not there once they are stitched in with other fabric and thread.
I would love to have the opportunity to try a new, different type of Metallic thread. Would be fantastic to find one that really works the way I’d like…..
Thanks for your wonderful daily emails. I read them first thing on the morning before I even get out of bed, a fantastic way to start my day!
Hi Mary! I would love to say that my stitching with metallic threads goes so soft and smoothly that I use them all the time. Alas, I cannot say that.
Metallic threads have always been difficult for me to incorporate into my stitching. They don’t seem to play well with others at all. Maybe it’s the thread I use, I get them from a local chain craft store so they may be of lesser quality than I should use.
But I keep trying. I keep thinking that, with practice, I can tame the wild threads to behave and my embroidery will sparkle and glitter like fairy’s wings. Maybe some day.
I’ve tried to stitch with metalic thread, only to have it unravel as I stitched. I’ve tried too use machine embroidery thread, both on my embroidery machine and in hand without much more success. If I want sparkly I will use blending filament to add the glimmer.
I would love the opportunity to try these new threads.
Thanks for all you do,
I was so excited to read your review of the Diamant because my experience with metallic threads has not been very positive. The ones I have tried are difficult to work with. They enhance the look of the embroidery, but during the actual use of them I sometimes wonder if they’re worth it! Thank you for the review and for the give-away!
Well, I started out years ago with Kreinik blending filament and I am not a fan. These days I would substitute a #4 braid for those. As far as surface embroidery, I am currently working on a goldwork piece and it is a steep learning curve, but beautiful and oh, so rich!
I’ve used Kreinik metallic thread and DMC metallic-copper, silver and gold. I found with both types that a shorter length and slower draw through made stitching with it easier. I’ve yet to try more ambitious metallics, but the DMC Diamant could be a stepping stone.
Just starting to embroider. And what better way than to start out with some bling using the set of metallic threads…..this art form has changed since your grandmother and moms era
I’ve used DMC metallic threads in embroidery for my senior collection at school. It was the first time I used them and I was doing couching, it was hard at first but I got used to doing it and it was very fun. I actually used them to outline the flower petals after I already satin stitched them. I don’t like it when they get all tangled up because sometimes it can ruin the threads!!!
I have tried cross stitch with them before, but they seem to come apart (metal unwrapping from the thread. Does not look like these would do it, so if I can get some, will give them another go.
I do needlepoint as well as embroidery and I must admit it is easier to use metallics on canvas. But with patience and not more than two plies, I have used it in surface work too 🙂
I am pretty new to embroidery, and have never tried metallics. I am thinking of trying the current silk and gold lightning round correspondence course on the EGA website, though. Both will be new to me 🙂
Jen Cooney in Pittsburgh
I often think a metallic thread would just lift a design to a new level but having read so many bad experiences people have had I haven’t been game to try (pathetic really). Having read your review a couple of days ago I thought I must have a go, now your kind offer has come. If I win the offer, great, if not I’ll source some and give it a try, restore my pride.
I would love to have a metallic thread that did not kink on but was smooth
Just left a comment but when I submitted I was told it was a duplicate comment.
It wasn’t !!! ?.
Maybe someone else submitted a similar one.
I have used metallics in many pieces, Kreinik,Access Commodities, Rainbow Gallery and DMC and almost every piece has some metallic for the shine. I don’t have a favorite per se, but use what I feel will work with the piece I am doing. I don’t usually have issues in working with them as I keep the working threads shorter, use fray check as needed, or knot the thread over the eye of the needle.I have not tried the Diamant yet as I have not had a chance to order any!
I found it very hard to use. Not flexible, would break and or fray and I tossed the mess in the trash. Have not tried again. Only thread I have ever given up on.
I have a love-hate relationship with metallic threads! Each year I create a new embroidered Christmas ornament for each family member and can’t resist the sparkle of metallic threads.After the final ornament is completed I vow never to use them again because they can be SO difficult…then next Christmas looms and…;)
I have used several kinds of Kreinik metallic in embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint. I just finished a little cross stitch scissor fob that used blending filament to add shine to the stitches. I split just the shiny filament away from the strand and then stitched over the cross stitches of certain colors to just give the piece highlights. Very nice effect on delicate work.
I agree with the shorter lengths as the key to working with metallic threads. That and as little handling as possible keeps the strands together.
I would love to win this set of thread.
The few times I have used a metallic thread I had good luck with it. I used it on a velvet vest I did silk ribbon fushias on.
These threads look great, especially the copper and black gold. I’ve had success with the English wire threads (Benson and Johnson, I think), using a Japanese needle and 12 – 15″ lengths. You have to work slowly, and have your linen very tight. It helps to have both hands free, and a laying tool is really helpful. I love to do some of the fancy forms on top of the fabric, like spiders and guilloche stitches. I would love to try these new threads.
I have a love hate relationship with Metallics. I love the sparkle they add
To projects, but often hate to work with them. I do note like blending
Filaments and will never again use the DMC stranded metallics! I do
Like Kreinicks metallics, and the very fine braid is nice to work with for
Cross stitching. the diamant thread looks very interesting as it appears
You use it as it comes off the spool. Thank you for the opportunity to
Win some of this thread. Sue in Bermuda
I have limited experience with metallic threads – found difficult because of stiffness but these sound like they are different. Would love to try them.
I have tried metallic threads before because I love the look, and I want to learn goldwork. However.. whenever I stitch with metallic threads I end up wanting to tear my hair out… beewax or not, they split, they unravel, the gold coating comes off the thread… I want to like stitching with metallics, because I often love the results. So.. I would be very eager to see what these threads could do to change my mind on the annoyance factor of working with them
I love using just a bit of bling! My tip is – don’t overdo it. Just a glint here and there looks lovely but overdone, it can look cheap. Also, you must make sure that the thread length isn’t too long or it will separate and cause chaos
I have yet to have the opportunity to use metallic threads. I am dying to do a purple and silver stitching for my bedroom, though. Thanks for the chance to win!
I have used some metallics and find that a short length and a big eye help a lot, I like them especially if the embroidery has wings, jewels etc that should be sparkly, but I also just like the effect sometimes..I don’t use a lot but sometimes it is just what you need to make things look right…thank you for the giveaway, I would love to try these.
I’ve used metallics for years and I love using them when they’re called for. The blending filament just gives a hint of sparkle while the thicker ones are used alone and are more defined. If you use shorter lengths and dampen the threads, you shouldn’t have any trouble with them. I haven’t see the Diamants and I would love to have them in my stash.
I have used metallic threads several times. It is easier to leave them on top of the fabric and couch them down – either straight across, where you can do shading by varying the color of the couching thread and its space, or by exactly following the twist of the foil covering, so that the couching thread sinks invisibly between the twists. I have also used it for gimp in bobbin lace. To keep the ends from untwisting, I put a blob of FrayCheck or clear nail polish on the ends, then trim so that there is no huge blob. If not couching, using a needle with a larger than usual eye opens up the fabric more and allows the metallic to pass through with less friction. Using shorter pieces, so that there is only ONE area of the thread that bends in the eye, and tying a knot there so the tail can be very short and not slip keep extra wear from occurring along the thread where it may be visible. And keep a close eye on the amount of twist, keeping it at the original amount.
I am using the DMC gold metallic on a design that I am cross-stitching now and working with it is a challenge with the fraying. I am just taking my time to stitch neatly and cutting short lengths to work with. I would love to win the Diamant, I really love the look of the beautiful metallics!
I have tried using Metalic threads before but they seen to knot and fray and get tangled. I would love to try these new threads. I love anything with sparkle or color:0)
I have used several different metallic threads, and I like the sewing machine embroidery thread best. I pair it with single strand embroidery on the same needle, and I am able to needle paint using tonal variations, but use the same gold for the various tones. I keep the thread fairly short (12-16 inches), and it rarely tangles or frays. I made a drum for a wall hanging using both gold and silver thread paired with tones of gray and tones of yellow. It helps to use a laying tool, also, to keep the metallic thread on top.
I am new to embroidering and have not used metallic threads.They look so beautiful . I would love to win them and use them in my crazy quilts!!
What a coincidence, I have recently tried DMC metalic thread in the dark gold/bronze colour and I like it, I have used other metalic threads and liked some more than others although didn’t like them at all until my teacher pointed out that my thread was too long and she showed me how to settle the thread in the eye of the needle so it didn’t rub, sort of like a clove hitch, anyway it works for me sometimes I use thread heaven, I am currently doing a project where I could use these threads so fingers crossed.
Mary, I love your website and I have learned so much from you. I had no idea there were so many ways to do the stitches. I would love to win the metallic threads as I do love sparkle. Thanks for a great give-away.
I have never used metallic threads, but I sure would like to. I have some designs that would look good with metallic threads on a portion of them. I like your plan of outlining a section with metallic threads.
I have found that I love gold thread. It embellishs and makes your embroidery really come alive. I use an Egyptian metallic which comes in the same range and is so nice stitch with. I would like to try this DMC metallic to compare them and let you know any differences. I haven’t seen this in New Zealand. Happy stitching.
This product was on my wish list the moment I saw your review. I do “free form” embellishment with hand embroidery. Like fabric, and paper I cannot have enough threads!
I love metallics. I use Kreinik the most, but I’ve used others as well.
I am really new at this so I have never used metallic thread. They are so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com
I like using metallic thread and seeing sparkle in the design. I do have trouble with the thread breaking and fraying if the length I’m working with is too long. So I just use shorter lengths.
Using a slightly bigger needle than you would for the equivalent silk or floss will help metallic thread wear better as it is taken through the fabric.
I love DMC Diamant and have used the copper for long and short on a mainly couched metallic piece. I would be thrilled to win the entire range.
Thank you, Mary,
These threads sound beautiful to work with. I first started using metallic threads when I entered into a class with Alison Cole. In completing a sampler we used a variety of threads plus pearl purl,& others. Since then I have completed several other pieces. I find it helpful to use a short length of thread & to work slowly & carefully. I tend to work, starting but not quite knowing clearly what the finished work will look like. It is not unusual for me to introduce finishing touches in metal threads, such as an outline or a few French knots to work with otherwise no metal thread. I gives the work & me an uplift. What a buzz it all is, this embroidery.
I have tried metallics, and the only one I had any ‘joy’ with were the DMC’s – Some of the others were not worth the $$ spent they were so unco-operative and nasty to work with and the results were hideous. These sound like the answer to a stitcher’s prayer!
I have used many metallic threads and have been unhappy with my results. My main problem has been fraying and breaking. I am now wondering about this thread. I may need to buy some.
Mary in Oregon
I live your website, I’ve just begun embroidering again recently. Have not used metallics much, but truly love them.
I have used metallic threads mostly for Christmas ornaments. I love doing little designs using blackwork stitches with the metallic threads. They make great additions to gifts, and I have a a few hung on my own tree.
Metallic threads are a challenge to use, which is probably why I have not tackled bigger projects with them. The biggest problem I have is fraying, and I “solve” this problem by using short lengths of thread and needles with large eyes.
Thanks for the giveaway!
This is very timely for me. I have embroidered an initial (monogram) in Soie d’Algers but thought it needed something extra, so I couched some gold passing thread down around it. But when I took it off the frame the couched thread was obviously too loose as it (to borrow an American expression) ‘pooched out’ all around the M. I took it out and am now laboriously stem stitching with a Madeira metallic thread, and is laborious ever the word. I use about 12 inches at a time but waste a third of it because it shreds where it goes through the eye of the needle and it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of needle I use – Japanese hand made, Bohin or John James (made in England).
I would love to try this new thread to see if it shreds as badly as everything else I’ve tried. Also the Madeira I’m using now has 3 plies and I am using them all, whether that has anything to do with it or not I don’t know.
Anyway, this ‘shredding’ seems to be common to all metallic through the needle threads I have tried. If there is a ‘fix’ for it I would love to know what it is.
I have had slightly better result with machine threads but as I prefer hand embroidery I would rather know how to deal with hand threads.
Thanks Mary and Cathe for this great opportunity.
I have tangled with various metallic threads over the years. In spite of using short lengths and calm stitching I have always given up in frustration, sometimes even throwing the offending thread across the room. I hate having to limit my stitching but just cannot seem to make these threads behave.
I have used glittered embroidery thread have found it very hard to work with. I use a wax with it and it helps some but still not a fan of it.
Yes, I use the metallic threads. Right now I am working on a needle point picture with water and I have mixed it with #5 DMC to give it a little shine for water. Great for mixing with white for snow! It likes to walk so I have found that if you tread your needle and anchor both ends first it will work better for you. Great stuff!
Oh how i wish i could find a metallic thread that does not spiral out of control as soon as i start up my machine! Is this the one that can do it? After reading your review i cant wait to try some.
It is quite difficult to source in rural France so here’s hoping…
I have worked a lot with metal threads of all kinds and my tips for using sew through threads are to use a milliners needle…short threads and keep your rail short as well. And when couching threads use a Pony number 10 crewel as the fineness of the needle makes it easier. And when couching keep you finger where you last put a couching thread if you have eye problems so you get evenness of your couching. I would love to try the DMC thread as I haven’t seen it before.
Love your website.
I have had no experience of working with metallic thread and these ones look so lovely. Living in Malawi such exotic threads would be impossible to find but I can think up plenty of projects to use them in!
I like all these metallics threads.I use them especially for goldwork ,the Luneville Crochet, christmas embroideries and needle lace.I have a long experience with them .All the colors are so exquisite.To get the best I do as did my granmother: use a short thread-20-25cm maxi-and put along it a few of beeswax and never more problems!
My experience to date with metallic threads has only been to gaze at them from afar, but I should very much like to gain their more intimate acquaintance! ;^)
I like the zing that metallic threads add to embroidery. I have used them to embroider and as a couching thread, and have also couched them down with another thread. Some can kink or shred – both irritating! – but I still like the gleam.
I have used threads that look like these – I think the name was Papillon, and there was Greek writing on the label? Have DMC taken them over, or is it just coincidence that they look so similar?
Thanks as always for your emails, and for the competition! I’m hoping…. 🙂
I have used metallic threads in the past. Best tips;
1. Keep the lengths very short as the stitching process wears them out quickly. (Max 30cm or one foot)
2. Tie a simple knot in the end to keep them from separating.
3.Use thread magic or bees wax to help keep them together and to make stitching smoother.
I have tried using metal threads but get very frustrated as they twist, break, and have a mind of their own. So would like to try again.
Metallic threads are essential for adding dimension and subtlety to my ecclesiastical goldwork projects. I have much experience of cajoling stiff and lumpy threads through heavy fabrics and it’s no fun, and not at all versatile! I use madeira heavy metal thread for fine work and couching down metals – it’s strong and fine, no tangling and no worries about it wearing out or fraying. But I’m always on the look out for decorative metallics that don’t look cheap (anyone for an ordination stole with a 1960s “gold lame” look? no, didn’t think so!) and can be used to produce nice textures and effects. The other problem with metallic threads is what happens to them over time. the rougher, tangly threads wear out and fray because they catch on things. I have a feeling that the smoother the thread, the more enduring the finished article – a big consideration for vestments and ecclesiastical items. I’d love to try, please 🙂
I’m Emma in Oxford, UK btw.
I use metallics more and more. I began by using Kreinik, but have expanded to other brands as I have shopped across the country, buying different fibers here and there. I have found that using very short lengths of thread helps me most. I spend extra time laying these threads compared to non-metalics. But the pop they add to my projects is worth the effort.
I have played around with metallic thread a couple times and its so thoroughly frustrating that my project is just sitting waiting for me to gather the patience to work on it again. I find it kinks up and shreds so easily. Although I do have some hope now with the metallic threads you are giving away! Fingers crossed as I would love to win them and put myself out of metallic thread misery!!
I have used metallic since blending filament was called Balger. I have used DMC, Krenik, and other brands on canvas, linen, and congress cloth. Some of the best luck I have had has been with machine sewing thread.
The very first time I worked with blending filament in the 1980s I did not understand how it worked. It came apart on me and I was suddenly stitching with the support thread and no metallic left.
I have very little experience in metallic threads, as my confidence held me back from trying this medium. I remember trying to thread a needle many years ago and found it challenging, and then working with the thread was beyond me at that time. I suppose as the years have gone by threads have been improved and changed in texture and performance, and my own confidence has been lifted beyond recognition, so I would definitely try these threads and experiment with others, too.
I’ve used Balger blending filament in cross stitch with waste canvas on sweatshirts. The trick for me is to knot the strands in the needle’s eye so that they do not slide and use relatively short strands. I do like the way the metallics look on the embroidery.
Thanks for the opportunity to win these – they look sumptuous
I have had poor luck with metallic threads, they tend to catch, knot and fray when I try to use them. I would love to try these. Thanks for the Giveaway!
My experience with metal threads ir very poor. I cannot say, that I have some favorites. But I guess, that I could stitch with nearly all threads. People say, that DMC metallics are terrible, but I stitched and I couldn’t say, that it was such a tragedy. But Madeira’s metallics I liked more.. So I’d like to try this Diamants very much. I’ll have to look for them.
I love to add sparkle to my needlework. I have used other metallic threads, DMC metallic floss, Kreinik blending filament and #8 and others. The consistent problem I have with all of them is shredding. Some like the blending filament break easily, others like the Kreinik A#8 knot easily. They give a wonderful look, but are frustrating to work with and a waste a lot of thread.
I have only used them on two different projects. Both were a monogram picture. On both of them I messed up and didn’t put the couching stitches close enough. (teaching moments!)
I’ve used metalic threads a couple of times, and usually ended up frustrated. The stuff separated and the metalic strands kept kinking up. IIRC, they were part of a kit I got, so I doubt they were of the best quality. It got a little better when I started using shorter lengths. It was not a part of the project to hurry on.
I have only used metallic threads once. They were included in a kit and were very hard to work with. I therefore, never bought any outright. It just occurred to me, when reading this, that the threads included in this kit may not have been of the best quality. I would love the opportunity to try these and see if my opinion changes. They are lovely.
G’day there Mary, and thank you too Cathe.
I do have just a very few ‘ordinary’ metallic threads but have always shied away from using them because of the problematic stigma surrounding them. I know, I know…no try no progress…but there you have it. I’ll check through the comments and get some tips. After your review and sample stitching I’m keen to have a go with these, win or lose!
Cheers, Kath from Oz.
I find using metallic threads so frustrating. They split, they kink, they just flat come apart. Because I love anything “sparkly,” though, I keep trying to master using them! I cannot wait to try these. Thank you for the opportunity to win them, and I will definitely be placing my order if I do not win!
What a fun giveaway. I would just love those metallic threads. I have just started to embroider a christmas tablecloth and the metallic thread would a some bling to it. I’ll cross my fingers on this one.
I use metallic threads sometimes,especially on Christmas things, for that little bit of flash and sparkle. However, I have not always found them easy to use. I have tried DMC 6-strand metallic floss, but find it frays easily and doesn’t always curve as I would like. Thread Magic makes this better, but not so good that I look for places to use the floss. I prefer Kreinik braids for my stitching projects because they come in many lovely colours. Finding the right braid for coverage and ease of stitching can be hard, espcially since there is no local needlework shop. I have also tried some metallic threads that were designed for machine embroidery. These were easier to stitch with, since they were designed to be pulled through fabric,but coverage can still be an issue as the threads are too fine to cover some canvas and linen well. It would be fun to try out the DMC Diamant threads. They might become something else on my “visit to the needlework shop” wish list!
The very first piece I stitched was Rebecca Waldrop’s Marbek Praying Angels. There are four or five different metallic threads running throughout the angels, and I had no one to ask how on earth to handle those slippery, separating threads. I just about gave up handwork a dozen times while I stitched those angels, and when I look back on it, I’m almost embarrassed about them. The stitches were crossed every which way and the back was a mess, but when I finished it, I thought it was glorious. And a big part of the glory were those nightmare-inducing metallics.
Since then, I have learned how to handle metallics and they no longer send me into tailspin, like they did after the marbek fiasco. And these particular metallics look like they’d be even easier to work with! I can see them working beautifully into hardanger and into my next “big” project – Marilyn Leavitt-Inblum’s Angel of Love.
I’d like to find a good metallic to use on embroidery. I’ve used the skeined DMC and I’ve used Kreinik but both experiences were so frustrating. I tried everything, using short strands, thread heaven, and even trying beeswax. Beeswax made a mess of it anyway. It dulls the thread, so what’s the point? If I am using metallics I want clean sparkle. I concluded that no matter what you do with metallics they are always more frustrating than they’re worth. If I want gold on my embroidery I use goldwork threads and couch them. I’d love to find a metallic that proves me wrong. I’m intrigued by these. And I agree with whoever left the comment saying there’s a fine balance when using metallics. Just a touch is fine but too much and it can really overpower a piece.
I love to have silver metallic thread on hand. I have a vintage Airstream that I like to embroider on various projects. I’ve had mixed luck but so far the best I’ve used is the one that Sublime Stiching sells. Can’t remember the name of it right now though. I will try this brand and hopefully win a set to start off with!
I have used Kreinik and DMC metallic threads. Kreinik seems the be a better quality thread with less fraying. I have never used DMC Diamant but would love to try. Even though metallic threads are difficult to work with they are worth the effort for the added sparkle.
Thanks for this review. I am working on a piece that needed a copper metallic. The one I have been using was alright but a little to bright. After reading your article I checked on a web site that I use regularly for threads and sent for the copper coloured Diamant. Much better colour and easy to use. Love your daily articles.
I have tried for years to use a variety of metallic threads. For metal and silk embroidery I stick to the usual and expensive bullions and jap threads. They are finicky to handle and really slow down the process. Often they tarnish after a few years. These threads can not be used on any item that might get washed.
I have also tried a number of other washable threads but have been disappointed in how they split, tangle and shred in the needle. I am very much looking forward to trying the new DMC threads. I am also a tatter and would love to find a tattable non tarnishing metallic thread.
A little glitter and a lot of glam. Just what my work needs! Thanks for the giveaway.
I have not done a lot of stitching with metallic threads. I do love the special sparkle they provide. It would be fun to have a set of “metal” colors. I’m especially intrigued by the copper and soft silver.
I use metallic threads quite a bit. I like sparkle and depending on the amount of “bling” depends on which of the metallic thread I select. Believe it or not I learned to make a Jessica with Kreinik! I would love the opportunity to try this new thread, it sounds like such a pleasure to work with.
Frustration! Perhaps I have not used quality metallics and I am anxious to see how these work.
Using metallic embroidery thread is always a challenge but I feel it is worth the headache. I have tried several different brands and they all seem to break easily as well as shred at the cut ends which make it difficult to thread the needle. I like to use it as an accent and feel it does add just a little extra zing to the finished product. I often judge needlework at 4-H fairs and challenge some of the older girls to add some metallic embellishment to their projects for the next year. I also warn them of the issues so they won’t be discouraged when using these threads for the first time.
I have used a number of metallic threads, including krienik, dmc, sulky, Rainbow Gallery and Threadworx offerings and even threads that have a strand of metal twisted in, like Painter’s Threads ribbon floss.
So far I really like Sulky best. It doesn’t seem to knot as much and when I use multiple strands they seem to “mesh” together rather than maintain strong independent presences, if that makes any sense.
The other brands I am more likely to use in needlepoint rather than embroidery.
I would love to try the Diamant.
I use metallics with the sewing machine, couching them down with free motion or with machine stitches for impact with embellishments. They add a lot. I also use them needlepointing and couching on hand embroidery. I have used Balger but I haven’t tried DMC.
“Have you experienced any frustrations with them?”
Ha ha, that’s an understatement . . . I can barely thread the darn stuff.
I’ve used DMC’s metallic embroidery floss–the kind you find at Michaels. The metallic bits came off in shreds when I pulled it through the fabric during cross stitching.
I don’t use them often since my first experience was frustrating.
I do use the metallic embroidery floss for fine crocheting and it works just fine.
Perfect timing! I am working on an Angel piece and am running very low on metallic thread. This would be quite a boon. I find the most important tip I learned for stitching with metallic thread is to allow the needle to dangle frequently to relax the thread.
I have tried both Krenik and DMC but would love to try another one. I have had success with metallics and love the sparkle and shine they had to a piece, but I have had problems with shredding and fraying. My solution is to use shorter lengths.
Mary thanks for another wonderful give-away.
While I like the look of metallic threads, I’m mostly put off from using them. Whenever some were included in a kit I bought, they mostly were stuff that was impossible to embroider with. I’d love to try out these threads, since I like sparkle, but don’t want the hassle!
I use metal threads for couching so am excited about the DMC Diamant to be able to use it for regular embroidery stitches.
These look like gorgeous metal threads. I would love to know a source for them.
I’m looking forward to trying these threads. In recent years, I’ve been so disgusted with metallic threads that if I truly need a metallic look, I use beads.
Pamela in Tucson
I haven’t actually used metallic threads at this point, but I am always looking for new things to try in my embroidery.
This would be the first time I have had the opportunity to use the metallics. Looking forwad to it when sorry if I win.
I’ve never actually used metallic threads before, though I do own a single skein of… something. I don’t really remember where I came across it, but it had Japanese on the package (which has since been lost) and is a lightly twisted skein with a sort of… handle at the top in something like cardboard. I’ve no idea what it’s meant to be used for or how!
I truly love the look of metallic thread but have had little success with it. I’ve tried using DMC metallics, but they tend to fray and twist a lot. Would love to try the diamant. Thanks, Mary, for offering this.
I’ve used a lot of DMC metallic over the years, but mostly in my temari embroidery – as marking lines and accents. I never personally liked to use the thicker, braided metallics that some other stitchers were using in their temari – I wanted a thin, discernible line… But the DMC was frustrating in that the needle end would slip, unravel and get chewed up at the eye. A few years ago I happened across the Gutermann spool metallics, which are thinner and more sparkly. They work a lot better for me, especially since I’m often looking for a very thin or subtle line of shine.
Amazingly, I don’t think I’ve ever yet used metallics in any of my flat surface embroidery projects – though I do drool and drool over your goldwork photos! That’s not an area I’m in any way prepared to delve into, but I’ll have to consider other metallic embroidery thread to be an area I’ve too-long overlooked. 🙂
I have had some frustrating experiences with metallic threads, blending filament especially. I found that “locking” the thread into the eye of needle helped, and also cutting the piece of blending filament longer than the piece of thread that shared the eye of the needle. Some ornery threads behave better when “stretched” before using. Plies that separate are a problem with some metallics, and I don’t have an answer for that problem. Sometimes the threads weaken and break, especially when stitching on canvas. Generally speaking, working with short lengths of metallic (12″ or so) is a good idea.
I have used mostly Kreinek metallics that come on small spools, and the thicker ones are easier to use. DMC Fil or clair is nice because it comes on larger spools of 40 meters. The DMC metallic thread that is sold in skeins like floss works well. My current favorite metallic thread is Coats & Clark Metallic which is sold for machine embroidery in fabric stores. This thread is strong and fine, but it still has a mind of its own (it almost jumps off the spool). It comes on a spool holding 600 yards which will probably be a lifetime supply for my hand embroidery needs. And yet, I would LOVE to try the DMC Diamant thread!
Thank you once again for your give away offer. I have used metallic threads a bit in various stitching projects and just finished Tanja Berlin’s Goldwork Lion which I’m quite pleased with. These threads are a bit tricky to work with but with the added sparkle and shine they are worth the irritation.
I’d be lost without metallics to give glint and gleam to my stitching. I’d be delighted to try the Diamants. I have loved the Bijoux threads.
I love the look of metallic thread on spools, but have never had much luck with actually stitching. These sound like they would be interesting to try! (Maybe some day I will learn to do goldwork, but for now, something a bit less precious sounds more do-able,lol)
I do okay with metallic blending filaments but did not like the DMC strandable metallic that I got at Joann’s. It took a great deal of cussing to get it to behave. I’ve taken goldwork classes and enjoyed working with all the different forms of gold.
I have used metallic thread once before. It was a while ago and it was used to put some shimmer on a cross stitch of the northern lights I was working on. I remember it was a little frustrating to work with, but the effects were worth it. I would use it again. It was worth a little bit of frustration.
I have not used metallic thread, but did use the light effects one. I did not like it because it felt so stiff. I am wondering if the metallic is the same way?
I love the look of sparkle in almost all my projects,yet I have never had the results I have striven to achieve.I treat each stitch special,take great care,then,the dreaded kink,twist and the ultimate knot.You name it,I have seen it on my lovely projects.I would cherish a metallic thread that actually works and does not end up in my little snippets pile.Your offer of all those beautiful colors makes me Drool.Thank you for giving it a review,and a hands up for a new product.Judy-in-French town.
Wow! Over 500 comments — I think that we’re all desperate to try a workable metallic 🙂 I’m planning to do some dragonflies, and I’d like to try different colors for the bodies and wings. I’ve been gathering a stockpile of different types of thread to experiment with, and DMC Diamant sounds like it should be a contender. Thank you for the give-away. And thank you, too, for introducing us to the various online suppliers. I’ve had great luck with your recommendations.
I have worked with metallic threads only a few times, mostly because I became frustrated with the twisting and the…I guess you could call it breaking–the thread would not bend as floss does, but kink weirdly.
After much fighting it, I finished the last project with metallic threads but sticking to much shorter lengths of thread.
I would love to try this type, your post on Tuesday indicates that it’s much more user friendly.
Thank you for the chance!
What a great giveaway! This would be my first time working with metallic thread. I’d love to give it a shot!
We have a limited source of threads in the far north of New Zealand, so any chance to try out new threads is appreciated. We have to order everything sight unseen.
So far my experience has been with machine sewing thread or Madeira, or whatever I can get my hands on and use it to give my projects a “lift”. Gold looks lovely on dragonflies, making eyelets and general decoration.
I have used Metalic threads in conjunction with Brazilan Embroidery for a superb effect. The gold glittering beside the flowers and as part of an edging is a very special look. I also have used it on a cross stitch of tropical fish and it really jazzed it up. Still I haven’t used it very much because it can be touchy. I would love to try this new DMC product.
I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with metallic thread and would love to try the DMC Diamant threads.
I really don’t have much experience with metallic threads. I tried using some once, and it was a pain! Of course, it might have been because I was trying to use it just like regular floss – from reading your blog, I know better now.
I have wanted to try metallic threads but have not had time yet. We have been busy with foreign exchange students for the past 4 years. But fun to try some this next year as we will be without a student and I should have more free time to embroider. Thanks for the chance to win the threads.
Thread Heaven is my best friend when working with metallics. This, of course, goes with the usual advice: use very short threads and a needle that is at least one size larger than you would usually select. The larger needle reduces the friction on the thread.
Mary, I love the effects of metallic threads. I have used them blended – looked gorgeous but drove me to distraction as they stretched more than the DMC thread I was using them with. Used on their own, the one thing I have found with metallic thread is the difference it makes to use the correct needle – one with a large enough hole so the thread doesn’t shred as it is pulled through the fabric; also use a shorter length of thread than normal.
I use metallic threads a lot in needlepoint. My advice — use very short lengths of thread, and probably bigger needles than you think you want to
I have used the DMC 3-ply thread quite extensively and have learned to deal with its quirks. My tips are: use a large needle, no smaller than #7 crewel so that it passes easily through the fabric; use shortish lengths; when threading, leave the length of the tail that you would be happy to finish with – the thread wears where it sits in the eye and readjusting this leads to snagging. Finally, if you do end up with a snag, unthread and run your fingers down the thread away from the fabric until it feels smooth, rethread and finish off. My favourite stranded metallic is SILF, sadly no longer available.
Hi Mary, I have used metallic threads to give a little sparkle to some french knot berries I stitched in a wall hanging. They turned out very pretty. Thanks for contest.
I use a fair amount of metallic threads in my cross stitching. I will use Kreinik blending filament along side the DMC, or one of the braids to change the look. Using the glow in the dark for a Halloween moon made a big difference. I also use the DMC light effects and have found myself looking for places to use the metallic for effect.
I have little experience working with metallic thread and have no favorite. I’ ve found them rather scratchy and difficult. My mother used them more, mostly couched, in ecclesiastical embroidery, however, and I inherited a very small stash of her leftovers from her. I’ve a project in mind that I plan to do in silk and metallic threads, and I’d love to have some diamonte to try before I begin that. I’m fairly new to Needle’n’Thread, but I’m hooked!
I discovered your website a few months ago, and have had many happy hours reading over your projects and articles. I started my first goldwork piece 3-4 years ago, but never really took to it. Thanks to your website, I’ve now picked it up again and am making good progress. It will never be good enough to mount, but I’m feeling good about the next one. By the way, being an ex-English teacher myself, I really appreciate your excellent grammar!
I’ve never used metallic threads, always assuming they were beyond me. Once I read your review Mary, these went on my list of “things I now NEED to try–that I never before even knew existed!” The colors and sheen are really lovely. If they are as smooth and flexible as you say, maybe even I can manage them. I hope I win, but regardless, thanks for introducing them to us!
I have used some metallic embroidery floss, and found it very difficult to use. The floss kept on unravelling, and didn’t lie very flat against the fabric. I would love the chance to try this superior looking product.
Ella from Cambridge, UK.
I live in the states and I have never seen this thread. I am a crossstitcher and leave all the metallic stitches to the end because I don’t find them enjoyable. Thread must be kept short and pulled thru and not twisted….. blah, blah. The more solid ones are too stiff for linen so this may be the answer for me. Glad you featured them. Thanks,
I’ve only tried to use metallic thread once and it was a disaster. Maybe I’ll get some good tips here. 🙂
Hi Mary, would love to win these threads, they look beautiful. I am just getting into working with metallics and just did a workshop with Alison Cole and had so much fun. Thanks for having such a great give away!
I have used it in the past and love the metallic look (when used subtley) but found it really stiff and hard to work with. Would love to try this!
I have tried many times to use metallic thread with no success. It always unravels on my. I keep trying types every time I find a new company. I’ve done everything from using short lengths, lightlly gluing the ends, larger needle eyes, most of it is kinky if that’s the right word for it. Everytime I come across an article or a comment from a friend I try it out. I have bad luck with metallic threads. I look at some of my embroidery and think that it looks nice but could use a little something to make it not so flat in an overall way. Mettalic would be just the thing to add that extra touch. I would love to try these new threads (new to me).
Thank you for your website, my eyes have been opened to new possiblilties. What a wealth of knowlege about needle work in one spot. Thank you. Heidi
As much as I like the look of metallics in embroidery, crazy quilting, etc., I rarely use it anymore because of the frustrations of working with it. Threads that I’ve used in the past kink up, fray, and are generally hard to work with. I’ll look forward to trying these threads.
Nancy in Newport
I have been using metallic threads for 20+ years. I use a lot of Kreinik. I also really like Japanese Gold and couching thread. I do needlepoint and the metal threads add a wonderful effect in my canvasses. Occasionally I have some twisty problems but they are usually easy to fix.
I like the idea of super glue on the ends – great suggestion!
Where do you buy the Japanese metallic s and do they have an advanntage over Krenik?
Japanese metallics are classified as goldwork threads, rather than “metallics”. They usually have some real metal content to them and are not washable. You can find them through the Japanese Embroidery Center. Normally, these threads are solely couched, although there are a few of the very fine sizes that can be passed through the fabric. ~MC
I have used some metallic threads in the past. I actually have a whole shoe box full of threads from past projects. I think using a short length makes life easier with metallics. I recently joined an Elizabethan embroidery group and I was introduced to Benton and Johnson gold threads. If I thought regular metallics were challenging, this one is making my hair curly. Our group leader suggested that I remember that I am bigger than the thread and to use the needle to make the thread do what I wanted it to do, not what it wanted to do. Imagine that! So that little tip made my life easier. The plaited braid stitch I finished after this tip was so much better!! I really can’t say I have a favorite–whatever works with the current project is what I choose. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Hi Mary, these Diamant threads look beautiful! I have only used Kreinik metallic threads and love to work with them. I only use short lengths which frustrates me, but saves on getting knotted, etc. I have on occasion used DMC metallics as a blending thread. I would love to try these beautiful new threads. Thanks for the opportunity to perhaps be able to use them!
I use the various DMC metallics and Kreinik metallics in my cross stitching projects. they are frustrating to work with, but I persevere as I like the way they add dimension to the projects. Beeswax helps to keep them in line!!
Elizabeth from Saskatoon
I’ve never really worked with metallic threads, though I love the look of metallic/metal threads in embroidery and have a few skeins of DMC’s stranded metallic threads. They’re just sitting there waiting for me to do something with them. Have thought about mixing the colours and use them with transparent beads so the threads would acts as a multicoloured metal lining. That is, I have strung some beads on the threads to check out the effect, but never actually got as far as designing an embroidery with it.
Good morning Mary ~ Thank you and Needle in a Hay Stack for this gift.
I probably won’t win – I usually do not have any luck with winning in drawings; but why not try
I do enjoy using metallic threads of various types; Japan gold, Kreinick metallics, DMC to mention what I use most. Liking them and frustration depends on the type of thread. Blending filaments do shred easily, so I use short lengths. The Japan gold ( or red ) is couched, it is never a problem. I would appreciate the opportunity to try the Diamant. I will probably have to just order it from Needle in a Hay Stack or going to the store, since I am only about 80 miles from them…but winning would be SOO NICE ~ Sharon*Modesto
Just came to your website to see how to make a daisy flower( I think that is what it is called) I tried metallic thread on the little sheep woolie I am making and found it very frustrating.
I have never used metallic threads, but I would love to give it a try. These DMC Diamant threads look quite tempting. Thanks for another great give-away!
I was delighted to learn about DMC Diamont. I am wondering if it is the same thread that the teacher of an EGA correspondence class sent to me with her review of my crazy quilt piece. She suggested using that the two-strand DMC black and gold thread around one of the motifs. It was so easy to use. Far better than the DMC six-strand metallic thread sold on a spool! That metallic thread is enough to cause a stitcher to forever give up on metallics!
I want to start on a few Christmas ornaments soon and these would look so nice added to them. I have only used metallic threads a few times, but had trouble with them. 🙂 Thanks Mary.
Up until a few weeks ago my entire experience with metallic threads was f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-i-o-n. However, I just completed Olga Fishchuk’s ecclesiastical embroidery class and have gained a whole new appreciation for the work!!! First, she taught me p-a-t-i-e-n-c-e in a new way. Much of it gained through art appreciation lectures and slide after slide of amazing historical goldwork. Once I gained a new understanding of patience along with some tight techniques and extra magnification I have just begun to experience joy in working metallic. Madera gold was her choice for laid work couched with single strand silk. I also learned to braid thin metallics and apply the braids with beautiful results! Newly learned tips include applying beeswax to frayed ends and using hemostats to pull wide braids through the fabric. I’ve found time to stitch with metallics every day since I’ve been home (never dreamed I would write such a thing!) and know that my continued practice will help me in all my projects – ecclesiastical and otherwise. Your DMC Diamant review was very timely and I’d love to give them a try and share them with my new metal community 🙂 Anne Bender in Ohio
A little bit of Bling goes a long way but a lot is even better!
I have tried metallics but got annoyed by the kinking and fraying. The DMC Diamant sounds like heaven to sew with in my modern creative embroidery where a little glitz can make all the difference.
Hello. I haven’t used metallics very much. I’ve used some Krenik in stitched pieces for accents. They tend to slip out of the needle easier. I have also mixed some in needlepoint with wool or cotton floss (1 strand of each in the needle).
I love the look.
Hi from NZ. I have taken up embroidery very recently (in retirement) and am surprised to find that I love it! Your tutorials are immensely helpful and I look forward to the daily emails.
My experience with metallics is also recent and limited but I am delighted with the effect and found it relatively easy to use. The project I am working on is an abstract design of circles and curves (eventually destined to become a cushion cover) using lots of different stitches, threads and colours – our tutor set us quite a challenge – I used a gold metallic for knots in a circle of lattice. I will happily use metallic thread again when wanting an eye catching effect.
Keep up the good work, your site is a treasure trove of helpful info for a newbie stitcher!
Thanks for the opportunity to try for the threads!
I usually use Kreinik metallics and as long as it isn’t too thick of a thread, it is OK to work with. There is always some tugging involved- love the way they look, but it’s not the smooth sailing of a silk thread. TheseDMC threads sound much easier to use. Thanks for the review!
I have used some DMC metallics for handsewing with no problems, I did buy some thread heaven, but then read that you should use it for the whole project otherwise it will look different (comparing TH stitches and non TH stitches). I havent tested this out, hope someone else has!!
I also use metallics like DMC Fil au Clair for bobbin lace projects, it looks great but the thread is springy and jumps off the heads of the bobbins a bit!
When I first started using TH I was religious about using it on all threads. After a bit, that just became tedious. I now use it only on blending filaments and metallics. I have not noticed a discernible difference between the threads that were conditioned and the threads that were not.
I haven’t worked with metallic threads yet, but would be excited to try!
I have just ventured out to buy my first metallic thread to use for couching, after hearing that people find them so tricky. It’s quite fortunate to have evrybody share their tips and tricks just now when I need them! It would be great to have this range of threads as metallics looks so great as highlighters in a design.
I am a newer needlepointer. I have used one metallic thread and it seemed to go well. I would be excited to try some others in my upcoming pieces.
I have never worked with metallics but I have only been stitching for a little more than a year. I would love to try it though!
I have used metallic threads frequently for Machine stitching, not so much for hand embroidery, mainly because the threads I have used have had the problems already mentioned: kinking, shredding as they are pulled through the fabric and being difficult to get the thread to lay properly. I have mainly used for couching for these reasons. I would love to give the Diamant a test run.
I have a quilt and bib set that I am going to make. This fairy princess set is the first use of metallic thread for me. I plan to try the metallic threads on practice pieces/doodle cloth to get the feel of how to use them. I’ve read through the info on NNT a couple of times and of course, I am sidetracked right now. These wips have to get off the list so I can get to new ones!
I have used a variety of metallic threads, usually to good effect. I have stitched with them, combined them with other fibers, laid them, etc. Most of the metallic threads have worked well. Blending filament is my least favorite. I would like to try the new DMC Diamant.
I have always found working with metallic threads a nightmare. Very rarely do they not shred, knot or break, so would be very interested to try these to see how they are to sew with.
I’ve used metallic embroidery floss in some cross stitch pieces and i was surprised how frustrating it was! So tangly and rough when you pull it through the fabric, it just doesn’t feel good to use. I’d love to use a smoother metallic thread! It looks so good in finished projects.
I am fascinated by the softness you indicated that Diamant possesses.When I’ve used metallic thread before, I have found it harsh to the touch and have been put off by its exhibiting too much contrast with the silky look of the embroidery floss. I am so glad to learn about Diamant and would very much like to experiment with using it.
Ah, it’s a love/hate relationship I have with metallics. I have used Kreinik
braid (fussy), and blending filament (so pretty, but somewhat fussy).
I have also tried Rainbow Gallery’s Nordic Gold, and my favorite for ease of use and nice results, Treasure Braid. I’ve been stitching Hardanger card
inserts along with Nordic Needle’s Card of the Month Club – everyone I send one to has been so pleased, and they make a nice keepsake.
Very limited (and usually unpleasant) experience of metallic threads. Unpleasantly crinkled is my signature result. This stuff sounds different???
Keening is what I usually use but I would really love to try the DMC. Funds prevent any new items so winning something would be fantastic!
I have used metallic threads several times and find that they work best if waxed and are short cuts. I love them to add sparkle to quilts – I hand quilted a ballet theme quilt with metallic dancers in the background. It gave a nice look to the quilt.
I didn’t care for metallic thread at first, thinking it was distracting to the needlework, but I have since realized its beauty when used in moderation.
Upon stitching with it, I find it takes patience,concentration, and short thread lengths to overcome the kinking and fraying.
The ultimate metallic thread would be one that would pull smoothly through your fabric and create stitches without tangles. Is Diamante the answer? Your review makes me anxious to try it!
I have used a lot of blending filament (which I like a lot, despite having to knot the threads around the needle’s eye to get them to behave) and DMC’s basic gold metallic thread (like that found at Micheal’s). I like the effect of the DMC basic gold, but not always the fight necessary to make it lie down and play nice. I have only tried these metallics in counted work, and I imagine I’ve had an easier time of it because the evenweaves help keep the threads in line, literally. I’d probably be brave enough to try metallics in surface work if I could find the Diamant line.
I have never used metallic thread but I have a few Chistmas patterns that I would like to try that they would be great for adding a little extra sparkle. Winning this would be the great motivation. Thank you!!
Nearly 20 years ago I made a stitched Nutcracker sampler for my father-in-law, who annually played Drosselmeyer in the Shreveport production. I worked it from top down. The head and shoulders were the traditional nutcracker, then there were sampler rows with motifs from the ballet. Easy peasy. It ended with the boots done in black floss and 1 strand of very dark, shiny Krenick. Oh those boots! I needed to get it done for Christmas and, you know, the dang thing had TWO boots! lol Anyway, worst stitching experience ever.
Oh wait, that wasn’t a story about metallic threads. oops! Well, the epaulettes were gold metallic braid. Looked terrific and gave me no trouble whatsoever. Not like the filament. grrrrr 8)
Susan in Texas
I would love to win this thread… I use metallic threads for temari stitching, and I would be interested to see if these threads would work for that.
I used the DMC gold metallic perle for a Christmas project or I should say I tried to use it. It was very difficult to work with and i ended up by taking it all out because I was so dissatisfied with the way it looked. I enjoyed your phrase, Mary, about the metallics being “cranky.”
i had just bought a spool of metallic thread last week for an online surface embroidery class that i’m taking. i’ve never used it before but i’m looking forward to discovering its different effects on my embroidery.
Hello Mary..the Diamant threads are beautiful and would certainly add some ‘bling’ to my embroidery, especially some creative goldwork I am keen to try. Previously I have struggled with Kreinik threads in some crazy patch embellishing. I found that short lengths, attaching the thread with a slip knot to the eye of the needle and using a larger than usual crewel needle all helped manage the little(?) challenges presented by metallic threads. Thank you for my daily dose of inspiration arriving via your email…truly inspiring!
WOW, I have never used this product or any metallic threads to do hand embroidery. Would love to experience it. To see how all the people on this site love’s it. Just a chance to see would most likely get me hooked.
My first usage was a cross stitch of a peacock and it had metallic threads and beads worked through his tail, I learned the hard way to be very careful as they frayed a lot but once the project was finished it was, wow, worth all my tears and tantrums.
I’m looking for my next big thing to use metallic threads, I love DMC and would love to win this for my next ‘work of awesomeness’
I would love to try the DMC Diamant thread, especially since you said it is smooth in your review. Others are tricky to keep smooth and for that reason, I have not used them very often. I love the gray and copper colors!
Hi Mary, what a lovely giveaway.
I love working with metallics as they ad a bit of ‘zing’ to my work. I mainly use them as accents, and unless using Aida cloth, I couch them down as they do fray if passing through even weave material. I have only used DMC Metallics, so I am unfamiliar with anything else.
Marian (Dunedin, NZ)
I have used very few metallic threads. I am a novice with them really. I don’t recall the brand, but the only kind I have used much was rather difficult as it didn’t lay nicely and twisted too much. It was coarse and stiff as well. This thread looks much smoother and so much lovelier!
I have played around with Kreinik metallics in cross-stitch projects. I found them frustrating. They shred and break, even when combined with cotton floss for support.
I really want to try the DMC Diamant. I had recently thought up a few projects for my pastor, but was delaying a start until I could plan out some metallic threads for it. I think your blog post answered my wonderings. Thank you!
What a fun giveaway! I have used metallic threads occassionally and have found that by using shorter lengths of the metallic thread that it has less opportunity to give a person fits. I hope to gain more tips on using metallic thread from other stitchers through your blog. I am planning on doing a silk & metals project soon and would love to try the Diamante collection in the project.
I love and follow your blogs as often as my work permits. Thank you for sharing with us!
I have worked with various metallics and real metal threads over the years. thus far my favorite has to be accentuate for it’s ease of use although it too is not without it difficulties. I am looking forward to trying out the Diamant to see how it compares assuming I can get hold of some.
OOH, shiny threads! I have found that metallics add just the right amount of zing to what could otherwise be a boring piece. When not stitching, I enjoy metal smithing and love the idea that both art forms, needlework and netalwork, can employ some of the same techniques and materials.
Hi, I have never used metallic thread in a project but would love too. So, I have no favorite or tips. The Diamant threads would be a awesome addition to the crazy quilting project I’ve been working on. Thank you.
I have had successes and failures with the metallic threads. I need to journal those so I know thread, speed, and needle works best consistently for me. I will look for good thoughts from you on this subject!
I have used DMC metallic threads in the past. I have found them to be a little easier to work with than some other brands. However it does tend to un-twist and fray if I cut the threads too long.It definitely works better with couching techniques than with techniques that pierce the fabric. I also have a pair of metallic thread scissors. One blade is finely serrated to grasp the thread as you cut it. I have not tried the DMC diamant thread yet, though I definitely will give it a try whether or not I win the sample pack.
I’ve used DMC, Kreinik and Rainbow Gallery, blending filament, metallics and Japan thread, with the usual amount of grumbling and fiddling. The DMC skeins are my least favorite. The japan thread is probably my favorite because it looks most like real metal (I made a couched gold cross on red silk for a chalice bag for a priest friend).
I’ve got materials for real metal embroidery, but have not found a pattern that overcomes my apprehension over screwing it up with expensive materials.
The Diamant has very earthy colors, which I like.
I have done pieces with Metallic threads when I was in the Embroiderer’s Guild but not recently. I love the sparkle it gives *& would love to try using a pliable metallic thread. The thread i worked with previously was very brittle! This would be a treat!
I have used metallic. It was terrible, so I gave them away to my grandchildren for their projects. I would like to try Diamant since I do like the shine it gives to a project.
I like to add bits of metallic threads to my crazy quilt squares. I tend to like an encrusted look which is greatly enhanced my metallics. Many are difficult to use, but I like the Kreinik products. I would love to try the Diamant threads.
I’ve used metallic threads that came in a kit for a wedding announcement. I stopped working on it shortly after trying the metallic thread, because it was scratchy and difficult to work with. Good thing I never told the bride to be I was making her something! Gift card instead lol
I have used metallic threads in the past. The ones I’ve used tend to split when trying to thread the needle. I know, use a needle threader! 🙂 I’m sure there must be a certain kind of needle to use with these threads. I know to use metallic threads on the sewing machine I need to use a metallic thread needle and things go SO much smoother. But I haven’t investigated this possibility. I sure would like to work with them, they are so beautiful. I have not used the DMC Diamant threads, so I’m sure I don’t know what I’m missing! 🙂 Karen
I only have a little experience with metallic threads. I used some DMC precious metal effects gold on a crown. I am glad I was only using it as some whipping and not continuously going through the fabric with it. I would like to try some more but do to the roughness of the thread have not been willing to use it again. The DMC Diamant seem like just what I was waiting to find before doing more with metallics.
I am a little hesitant of trying out metal threads, although that doesn’t mean that they don’t form part of my stash. I have them, I just haven’t found a project where I could put them to good use. I have a bunch of judaica projects coming up that could use the sparkle, so these diamant threads seem like a good introduction to metal threads given their ease of use and all that.
I use it often, I like to add a little accent to me embroidery. It not easy to work with it, if you stitch it. You have to take a short length. Couching it is easier.
I use different brand. The last on is: Au Chinois a French brand, I like it. Some time I use DMC and it work well. I would like to use DMC Diamant.
Excuse the way I wrote in English.
I would love try Diamanté threads! Thank you for introducing me to this new type of thread and for the opportunity to win some to try on my next project!
Sorry to say that I have not yet used any metallic thread – although I do have some. Perhaps I haven’t found the right project or perhaps I am a little bit (or a whole lot) intimidated by it.
My hint for metalic threads: use a shorter length of thread – saves on wear and tear on the thread. I also use it as the last thread I am embroidering with in a project.
I have used the threads for a number of different projects – cross stitch, needlepoint and needlepainting – with great success.
Thank you for another give-away!
What a great give away! I’ve worked alot with the basic DMC metallics in the different styles — the light effects etc., and the metallic thread that my local hobby store stocks with the 3 and 5 sizes. I have the same complaint for all — they are hard to work with! I’ve done monograms in stem stitch with the silver and gold threads and cursed every minute. They unraveled or shredded on the needle and were hard to maneuver in the fabric. The best luck I have is working interlacing on embroidery stitches like the chain. I’ve been waiting to try this type of thread; thanks also for an outlet to order these threads from. Ordering from overseas can be a trial.
Love using metallic threads….but have learned to use a shorter amount on the needle. Love the sparkle it adds to a project! Will continue to add them to things that don’t ask for metallic threads….they are so pretty in Christmas ornaments!
I used Krenik’s embroidery thread to make Christmas ornaments. I was really glad when they were finally finished. All the time I had problems with the thread twisting and getting tangled.That was the last time I used metallic threads.
I would like to try to win the DMC Diamant and see how it is to work with. Thanks Mary for the chance.
My previous experience using metallic threads for embroidery have been pretty successful using some gold thread I bought at a medieval event. Sadly it had no name attached so I don’t know the brand.
I’ve used a sort of metallic thread from Coats and Clarks and my only complaint was the wear near the needle head.
I’m about to begin embroidering original Christmas designs on linen for my twin grand daughter’s Christmas stockings and learning more about using metallic thread is great timing for this heritage project. Thanks, Kyt Eubanks
My experience with metallic floss has generally been good! For projects using floss and paper I use DMC metallic thread. Jenny Hart’s metallic floss from Sublime Stitching is easy to use. I find DMC floss is a good choice. I get frustrated when I use too long of metallic floss, as it breaks down and gets crazy. Shorter lengths=happier stitching!
I kind of tend to stay away from metallic threads and only use when necessary and when nothing else will work.Would love to give these threads a try. Pat
I made an Inspirations kit …”name tag” that had a thistle and gold-work with metallic threads. Thought this was a wonderful introduction to metallics. I am also working on a large Crazy Patch called “Asian Riches” that in every block there is a metallic spider web. These spools would add to the creations I plan to make in the future… Thank you to Needle in the Haystack and you for having this giveaway….!
My experience with metallic thread is very limited, probably because what I used was difficult to work with. I would love to try this DMC Diamant and learn more about working with metallic threads.
I have occasionally used metallic thread, but as others have shared, it can be challenging! Using shorter lengths of thread, not sliding the thread back and forth through the eye of the needle too often to cause or encourage shredding, fraying or breakage has helped. I would dearly love to be the lucky winner of the DMC Diamant thread would be so lovely! I am beginning the Cabinet of Curiosities encore class from Thistle Threads and I would love to use these beautiful threads to create the projects in tis class!
I have no prior experience with the use of metallic threads. If I were to win this set, I would like to make something nice for the holidays. Maybe some embroidered ornaments for the tree.
I bought a “skein” of metallic thread years ago and was very disappointed. It split, frayed and ended up a tangled mess as did my nerves and patience. I would love to give these a try because I think metallic and sparkly thread is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you.
I LOVE GLITZ!!! I started using metallic threads years ago when doing cross stitch Christmas stockings for my whole family. At the time we had a needlework store in town & I took a class where I learned how to work with Kreinik. Since then, many of my projects has some glitz in it somewhere just because it adds a lovely touch to any project. I have learned my way through working with metalics by using Thread Heaven & lots of TLC & patience while working with it. I would love to have a set of the DMC Diamant to work with.
Thank you for this opportunity Mary.
Missy In Colorado
My experience with metallic threads has been rather limited; I have used the imitation Japan gold with parament work, and have also used metallic filament thread with some success. But since following your blog, I am really excited to start experimenting with “real” gold work and metal threads. I am preparing to start a new parament project, and would love to try out some of the Diamant threads! Thanks for this opportunity!
I absolutely love metallics, and often put into cross stitch designs that originally doesn’t have metallics in the pattern key.
As metallics and lamé are hard to use, I use shorter lenght and keep the thread taut. I always use a fresh needle, which is not tarnished, because the eye of the needle can fray the metallic floss.
I also love blending filaments, especially the kreinik #32 pearl color, which gives a beautiful subtle shine to almost everything…
I have not used any metal threads, but I want to try them for sure!
I love the sparkle that metallic threads give, but I hate it when they shred or resist going through the eye of the needle. /jill
I have used DMC metallic thread, and it has been difficult because it tangles easily. Although I like the effect and sparkle of the thread. However I would like and dream to have all kind of threads to use in my embroideries.
I used some gold and silver metalic on a few Angel projects. The shine was just perfect. As the metalics were the last to stitch on, it really made a difference and the whole of the project would not have been so “rich” looking without them.
I love the look of metalic threads but have to admit they csn be frustrating to work with. 🙁
I like to run it through some bees wax to keep it from tangling too bad and keep my threads short.
Love your daily mail, always look forward to seeing what has been posted and have learned lots! 🙂
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I took time out from my embroidery to get a doctorate, and now that my book is published and all I have to do is talk about it :-), I have returned to my embroidery. Long ago I had some experience with metallic hand embroidery threads, under the tutelage of a couple of teachers, but did not do much work with them on my own. And I have probably forgotten everything I learned! The joy is in rediscovering my love for embroidery! I don’t have a favorite metal thread, since I love all kinds of embroidery threads. As for tricks in working with them, the best I can offer right now is to be patient and follow the directions of the teacher!
I haven’t really used metal threads yet as I’m just a beginner. I will have to admit that they intimidate me a little bit. I would feel awful wasting thread just to practice but practice makes better and I so desperately want to get better. And make things shine!~
I have used metallic threads a few times with lots of frustration. I tried shortening the thread length in the hopes that the thread would fray less but to no avail. The new threads sound wonderful. I’m working on a crazy quilt bear and they would make sections of the embroidery sparkle.
I have been itching to stitch with this thread since I learned it was available. DMC never fails to impress!
I’ve used metallic thread for several projects. Most recently, I’ve used it on the Christmas ornaments I will be giving to my son this year. I like to use a shorter strand and beeswax to keep the thread from messing up.
I have limited experience with metallic threads. That’s one of the reasons I love your blog – your skills and instruction can help get over those bumps in the directions! When I have used metallics, it has been frustrating. The threads have either kinked up or the plies separated. DMC Diamant sounds like they would be a great addition to any project or stash and look beautiful to boot!
I stitch mostly on canvas and can’t think of a project in recent years where I haven’t used metallic threads. I just finished a piece that used a single color of silk thread and mostly metallics. I use Kreinik metallics since they are widely available, most designers use them, and they are available in many colors in addition to the usual gold and silver. I also find them fairly easy to work with except for the blending filament which I find very difficult to control. I have found that when the thread(Kreinik #8 braid) comes off of the tiny spools it is very curly and by stretching it slightly, it is straighter and easier to stitch with. I recently tried Bijoux which I really liked and intend to use again. Also, I have used many of the metallic threads from Rainbow Gallery and enjoy all of them. If there is any one trick that I could suggest for working with metallic threads it would be experience. The brands I have mentioned work well for me but I have been stitching with them for at least 25 years and I think you simply have to use them and learn how to control them. I am very interested in this new DMC thread and would love to give it a try.
So far I have only tried the DMC metallic floss available in craft stores. I found it rather frustrating to work with… it seemed to get kinked up while in the skein and kept catching on the fabric. After that experience I was a little reluctant to try again. This thread looks a lot smoother and easier to work with!
I like to use metallic threads to add a little sparkle to cross stitch deisgns and drawn thread projects. I tend to use them sparingly which is probably why I never get to feel particularly confident using them.
I love the effect of the Kreinek blending filament, but find it quite tricky to control. It has a tendency to spring out of the needle which gets a tad annoying! I find it helps to use a slightly longer length of filament to stranded cotton and anchor it firmly into the needle first using a loop. I have enjoyed using the Kreinek braid, which I discovered working the beautiful drawn thread designs in Patricia Bage’s book. It is much easier to handle than the filament and is my current favourite. I will keep an eye out for the DMC Diamant threads though, following your review. Thank you, Mary. Take care.
Something new is my cup of tea. I’ve never used metallic threads and would love to give them a try…….All the tips and comments thus far seem helpful to a beginner.
I do use metallic threads in cross stitching and small embroidery pieces I make. I do use it often with some sections being worked with just metallic thread. I have only used one other metallic so I use the DMC metallic threads that I can find in my local stores. Having some nice mettalics to work with would sure inspire more designs. I usually cut the pieces shorter so it doesn’t shred or kink. Having thread heaven or beeswax can help the thread slide through the fabric a bit better also. Happy stitching!
I am just beginning to explore gold work through the Cabinet of Curiosities Class. When I was buying 6 stranded floss with my babysitting money in High School for 19 cents, I never imagined all the fancy (and expensive) embroidery materials that the Internet now brings to us.
I’ve mostly used Kreinik metallics but I don’t have a lot of experience with metals. Winning this collection would be a great reason to do more stitching with metallic threads.
I like incorporating metallics in my needlework-particulatly with silk. I use Kreinik and use the #12 the most as it lays the best. I have used DMC stranded metallics and find that they co not lay as nicely as their non metallics. I would love to try the Diamants as they look like they are softer and would blend in with silks–adding a little more subtle glitter –the colors look rich.
I used metallic threads once as far as I can recall — it was included as part of a kit — and it was *such* a nightmare I’ve never quite gotten over it to try again even though I know the thread in question (whatever it was!) was not very good quality. At least not any project that would require more than straight simple lines of stitching with it.
(I’ve even had a project in mind recently (family arms from one of my favorite book series) that I’ve been stalling on starting because doing it properly would require metallic threads.)
I love a little glitter in my needlework and use YLI metallics on my sewing machine and for hand embroidery. I’ve tried DMC Precious Metal Effects, but haven’t had a lot of success with it. It would be interesting to compare how the DMC Diamant stitches. This would be a new-to-me thread, and I’d love to use it on the next round of crazy quilts blocks that belong to a friend. She loves a little glitter too. Thank-you for the chance to try this thread.
I love the look of metallic threads and I think that they add so much texture and eye appeal to many stitcheries. I believe that patience is the key word for the handling of these threads and cheap metallic thread does not even handle well with patience!!
Eleanor in Regina
I’ve recently joined the North Shore Embroiderers Guild in Auckland New Zealand and am finding so many new projects I want to complete having seen and been inspired by projects done by the other ladies in the guild. I’ve would love to incorporate these threads in some of my own surface embroidery projects which I’m fairly new at but I’m sure my skills would be boosted with a metallic thread that is nice to use as you describe in your review.
I’ll share with the other guild members too if they would like to try it.
The only metallic thread I have used is regular stitching thread and double or tripled it. I am trying to follow the projects you have been writing about on Needle ‘n Thread. My best friend that was teaching me and we stitched every day passed away. Since that the emails help me get going again.
I have used metallic thread once when I combined it with perle cotton to crochet an edge on a flannel blanket. It was surprisingly easy to use and gave the edge a nice touch of sparkle.
Carrie Plane Nut
I’ve tried various metallic threads and have learned 2 things that apply to all the types I’ve tried. They have to have lots of room when going through the fabric and to keep the non-knotted end of the thread close to the needle to avoid tangling. So I choose a needle that makes a hole large enough in the fabric for the needle & thread to pass through and with and eye that is large enough to hold the thread without stressing it. I think of what I like when I buy shoes, lol. If it’s too tight it hurts. It’s the same with thread. Also I keep the lengths short to avoid overworking the thread. I guess it’s all about avoiding friction, really.
I haven’t tried DMC Diamant, but would love to.
Thanks for a chance at another great giveaway, Mary.
The metallic thread can be stabilized in the needle by feeding a long loop into the eye and then over the tip of the needle. (A little tricky, but worth the effort.) Pull all threads together to bring the loop down around the eye thus anchoring the thread. The fraying and separating then occurs mostly on the threaded tail. Then I place a waste knot on the other end. When I begin to stitch a messy little bunch occurs around the eye of the needle. This is useful because it tends to enlarge the hole in the fabric just enough to reduce the friction on the metallic so it won’t shred. Another must for me is using a stand and clamp so that both hands , above and below the frame, are available to guide the thread gently along. I also say nice compliments to the needle and thread for the beautiful results….little prayers of thanksgiving to God for His gifts.
Thank you, Mary.
I love the effect that metallic threads have on your needlework,however I always have trouble making the stitches look neat as the thread gets twisted and troublesome. I have tried different threads and seem to find that dmc metalics give me the least trouble.I do find that the thread splits so I try to use smaller lengths.
Iwould love the chance to win these threads as I have never used them before.
I really don’t like using metallic but when I have to I use Madeira. I love that it’s a true thread. I also use Rainbow Gallery on occasion. The only hint I have is anchoring the thread to the eye of the needle to keep the thread from wearing in the eye. I would love to try the Diamant threads.
I found some DMC metallic thread (the kind which is in six strands like the regular thread) and although as a novice I found it quite tricksy to use (it just seemed to bounce everywhere!!) it made me just soooo happeeeey to see in working up, twinkling away in among the other threads – I was completly In Love! And so I would absolutely LOVE to have the chance to try your DMC diamant.
Have a lovely day x
I have experimented a lot with Metallic threads which are available in Indian stores locally made. Initially I found it tough to stitch with hands, now am a bit more comfortable working with these threads.
I would like to try out with these threads! it will really be an experience.
I love, love, love sparkle and shine in my needlework. I was so excited when I read the review of DMC Diamant in Needle n’ Thread that I immediately started checking the web sites where I could get it. WOW! Maybe I can win some. (So much shine. So little time.) The mere thought of being able to add pizzaz to my passion without the frustration of having to deal with thin strands of metallic threads that break if you breathe hard on it, hides under its companion thread, or is so stiff it won’t lay flat, sent my little heart a flutter.
I try to incorporate metallic thread into my designs whenever possible and sometimes when it isn’t. Did I mention that I love shiny? (Maybe I was a magpie somewhere in my past.
Through all the many, many years I have been indulging in my passion, I have suffered through many mishaps in my attempt to bring shine and sparkle into my little corner of the sewing world. I have used every kind of metallic thread I have come across from single strand to multi strand thread. One of the most frustrating things I have encountered is going to all the problems involved with using metallic thread only to look at my stitchery and not be able to see it. I have at times resorted to making a stitch with the non-shiny thread and then making a second stitch with the metallic thread in another needle. I have also resorted to using several strands at a time. But depending on the thread, that can cause lumps and bumps.
Thank you for telling me about this thread.
Mary in B.R.
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