The Cabinet of Curiosities Historic Colors are a collection of silks matched to 17th century stumpwork. The collection is available in many thread lines through Thistle Threads so matching colors can be found in different thread weights. A highlight of the collection is deep sets of color families, dyed specially for the reproduction of 17th century stumpwork caskets. Here, a six-stranded 2-ply filament silk called Soie Paris is matched to the same color in Soie Ovale. Soie Ovale is a flat or untwisted filament silk.
Soie Paris is used for tent stitch and counted work as well as satin stitch and long and short details. Soie Ovale can be used for satin stitch work as well and enables interesting threads to be made by twisting combinations of plies together. Soie Ovale is also useful for making geometric wrapped cards, frequently found on the sides and backs of embroidered caskets.
At this time, the silks are being made available in their full color families. Based on the versitility of the two fiber types, they are packaged together. Each color family contains one tube of each shaded color in both Soie Paris and Soie Ovale.