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There are 62 colorways of Artfabrik’s hand-dyed pearl cotton threads in sizes: 3, 5, 8, and 12. See the colorways below.
- Use all our threads for: embroidery, hand and machine quilting, sashiko, couching, bobbin work, wool applique, cross-stitch, needle-point, needle punch, weaving, crochet, knitting, or tatting.
- Use Size 12 in the top of the sewing machine with a 14/90 quilting or embroidery needle.
- Click here to learn how to prepare threads for the top of the machine or bobbin work.
- Click here to see our Stitch Sampler page showing different uses for the threads.
- Click here to see our Needle and Thread Chart to match embroidery needles to the correct size thread.
- Click here for Thread-u-cation to learn how to prepare your quilt for hand embroidery and how to make basic embroidery stitches.
- Threads are hand-dyed with Procion fiber reactive dyes. Although our threads are thoroughly washed, some excess color (especially red, fuchsia, and purple) may remain and back-dye under certain conditions like on a light colored background fabric.Test the bleed factor of a thread by stitching to a test fabric and washing in hot water.
Cotton 12 is a strong, fine thread with a matte finish available in all 62 variegated color schemes. Recommended for hand embroidery (size 5 embroidery needle), hand or machine quilting, or needle punch (size 1 needle). To use in the machine, wind the skein onto an empty spool and stitch away with a 14/90 embroidery or quilting machine needle.
Cotton 12 measures 130 yards for $12. Select a colorway below and add to your cart.
Cotton 8 has rich colors and is available in 62 variegated color schemes. It is highly recommended for hand embroidery (size 3 or 5 embroidery needle), as well as bobbin drawing, hand quilting, crochet, sashiko, knitting, needlepoint, needle punch (size 2 needle), and weaving.
Cotton 8 measures 50 yards for $8. Select a colorway below and add to your cart.
Cotton 5 dyes in clearly defined, bright colors. Available in 62 variegated color schemes, it is recommended for hand embroidery (size 3 embroidery needle), hand quilting, crochet, sashiko, knitting, needlepoint, needle punch (size 6 needle), weaving, and any number of needle arts.
Cotton 5 measures 25 yards for $5. Select a colorway below and add to your cart.
Cotton 3 is large and eye catching with shiny, clearly defined colors. Available in 62 variegated color schemes it is recommended for hand stitching (size 1 embroidery needle), couching by machine or hand, needlepoint, knitting, weaving or any number of needle arts.
Cotton 3 measures 16.4 yards for $4. Select a colorway below and add to your cart.
Note: Although we have tried to achieve accurate color, the colors on your screen may appear differently than when viewed in person.