These real metal threads are my current favorites for working 17th century metal stitches such as the plaited braid, reverse chain, ceylon, ladder and the like. These threads were reproduced to work the plaited braid for the Plimoth Jacket Project.
These threads should be used with a Japanese needle as it will both keep the thread from shreading in the needle and will open a nice hole in your linen to pull the thread through. The #9/10 Japanese needle works well for the #4 Smooth Passing.
Size: Each tube has 18 meters on a spool