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5 tips for stitching with metallic threads

Don't be dazzled by metallics threads - read our 5 top tips for metallic success!

How to use metallic threads
Published: November 10, 2021 at 9:00 am
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Christmas is a fantastic time to break out the metallic threads and add sparkle to your stitched cards and gifts. The special threads catch in the glow of fairy lights, and really twinkle! You can use your metallic threads with many projects, including cross stitch and embroidery, to add that extra sparkle.

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As an end result metallic thread within a project can look incredible and really will take your stitching to the next level, however, it doesn't come without its challenges. We've put together our top 5 tips for using metallic thread, so you don't run into frustration when using them. Hopefully, our tips will lead you to metallic success. At the end of the article, we have also reviewed our favourite metallic threads available on the market.

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How to use metallic threads

5 tips for stitching with metallic threads

1. Snip shorter lengths

With metallic threads, cut a slightly shorter length of thread than you would normally use, and stitch slowly to ensure that the thread lies neatly for the best reflection of light.

2. Start with a loop

When using two strands, secure the thread on your needle by doubling the thread to make a loop, then pass the loop through the eye of the needle. Take the loop over the tip of the needle, then pull the thread to form a small knot right at the needle’s eye.

3. Secure your thread

Make sure the thread is thoroughly secured at the back of your stitching - leave a slightly longer ‘tail’ than you would normally use – metallic threads are springy, so more likely to slip and break free.

4. Use a larger needle

Use a needle one size larger than you would normally use, as the larger eye helps to open up the fabric hole slightly, letting the metallic thread pass through without causing it to fray.

5. Unwind every few stitches

To reduce twisting and tangling, let the needle hang every few stitches to unwind. Using a conditioner such as Thread Magic can also help to make metallics more manageable to work with.

Best metallic threads to buy

24 Pieces metallic embroidery skein threads

In this lovely set, you'll receive 12 different coloured metallic threads, each one 8m in length, so you'll have plenty of thread to add sparkle to your next project. Many people agree that metallic threads can be difficult to work with, but using our top tips and a little bit of patience, we think the outcome is totally worth it, especially for those Christmas projects.

Buy the metallic embroidery skein threads on Amazon

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Chicieve glittery and metallic threads

This lovely glittery thread will certainly add a touch of glam to your project. This set contains 11 pcs and colours of glittery thread, each skein is 8m.

Find the Glittery and metallic threads on Amazon

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Lincatex Gold Rush Decorative Metallic Glitter Thread

Choose from a large selection of colours, each of which can be purchased individually, so you can get the exact colours you need, rather than a set of mixed colours.

Find the Lincatex Gold Rush Decorative Metallic Glitter Thread on Etsy

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Spectra holographic metallic threads

These threads will add an extra dimension to your work, the beautiful holographic thread will catch the light and look so unique on any project. These threads can be used by both machine and by hand, so how ever you create your projects it is easy to add a touch of sparkle!

Find the Holographic metallic threads on Etsy

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If you love shiny threads and are itching to start your next project, check out these festive cross stitch, try these amazing 150 cross stitch patterns, you’ll find something to suit all abilities. If you want some other Christmas crafts, try these adorable gnome cross stitch bookmarks. Looking for Christmas gifts? Then check out these cute needle minders which are the ideal stocking stuffer. We also have this amazing countdown of our favourite modern cross stitch kits or the Christmas cross stitch kits which contain everything you need to complete your whole project, ideal for those new to the craft. If you want more inspiration for cross stitch ideas be sure to browse through our large collection of free cross stitch patterns, there is something for all ages and abilities.

Authors

Hannah FletcherEditor, The World of Cross Stitching

Hannah has been the Editor of The World of Cross Stitching magazine for 4 years and is responsible for bringing a wide range of cross stitch patterns from the best international designers to the readers around the world. She loves to stitch modern baby samplers for new arrivals amongst her friends and family, but as an all-round crafter, Hannah is just as likely to have a crochet hook in hand as a needle and thread. When she’s not busy crafting, Hannah can be found Irish dancing or running to keep fit.

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