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Thistle Threads

Gilt Silk Twist

$ 22.00

Thistle Threads

Gilt Silk Twist

$ 22.00

Gilt Sylke Twist is a reproduction thread based on the wire or strip wrapped silks used in the 17th century. These threads are similar to the silver or silver-gilt 'wyre' threads used for stitches such as plaited braid, where a metal strip is wrapped around a silk core such that no silk shows. In the Gilt Sylke Twist, the metal is wrapped around such that good deals of silk shows, making the color of the silk predominate. To date, I have seen these sparsely wrapped threads used most often for detached buttonhole and some couching. The effect is to make the object stitched look as if it is sprinkled with glitter.  It was reproduced for use on the Plimoth Jacket project.

The color names go from dark to light for individual spools