How To Make Pearl Threads

Hand-made, multi-colored pearl cotton.

Hand-made, multi-colored pearl cotton.

Do you know that you can make pearl thread?

And do you know it’s totally easy and big-time fun?

And do you know that once you get the basics down, you can go all kinds of Nuts with it to create some wildly interesting, fully functional threads?

Well. Now you do.

Hand-made pearl threads in different sizes

Hand-made pearl threads. Better than twisted cord because it doesn’t untwist when you drop it.

Why Make Pearl?

Handmade wonky pearl by Funk & Weber Designs

A wonky pearl thread makes a nice friendship bracelet, too.

  • Pearls are great threads. They’re used for all kinds of stitching, including blackwork, Hardanger, needlepoint, cross stitch, and more.
  • They’re more twisted and thicker than six-strand floss which makes them stronger, which makes them good for finishing edges, which tend to get more wear, tear, and general abuse.
  • It can be hard to find pearls to match other fibers. Most hand-dyed, overdyed, and painted six-strand threads don’t have matching pearls.
  • It can be hard to find pearls in a wide variety of colors and sizes. You might get white, black, ecru, and red in size 5 at big box stores, but what about medium-light, bright-dark, ultra-very turquoise-red in sizes 3, 8, 12, or 16? What if what you really want is size 10? No one even makes that, do they? But you can. Suh-weet!
  • When I travel, I don’t take bags and bags of thread. I take six-strand floss, then I have floss plus perfect matches in every size pearl.
  • And the most important reason, the only one anyone needs: It’s fun!

Learn How To Make Pearl Threads

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One Response to “How To Make Pearl Threads”

  1. Christina Arlington

    I signed up for the newsletter and watched the video on Perfect thread pearls. Now, I can’t find it. So, short of signing up again for the newsletter where can I see it again?

    April 27, 2016 @ 2:53 pm

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