Threading Can Make All the Difference

Embroidery is a hobby that may seem like it is meant for the older generations, but there is a reason why certain individuals take it up. It takes a level of patience and dedication, but it can also really help you work on your focus as well.

One thing that you should be aware of if you are interested in taking on this kind of hobby is what types of embroidery thread are out there and what each brings to the table. Here are just a few types of thread that you can use on your next (or first) embroidery project.

Pearl Cotton

Pearl Cotton is a slightly heavier thread than its single stranded cotton thread counterpart and it is also available in a number of different weights depending on the needs of your next embroidery project.

This type of thread comes in a single strand and, if you look carefully, you can see that it is made of two twisted fibres. It is imperative that you don’t pull them apart; the construction of Pearl Cotton thread is in that meshing of two pieces.

Because of the textured effect of this thread, it is great for cross stitch, redwork, hardanger embroidery, and a number of other methods.

Stranded Embroidery Cotton

This is perhaps the industry standard for thread when it comes to doing embroidery work. You may have actually heard of this before, if you have seen “embroidery floss.”  This type of thread is the most commonly used out there for embroidery work, particularly the cross-stitch method.

This type of embroidery cotton actually has six strands of thread and you can thread with the whole six strands or separate the threading depending what type of effect you want on your work, as well as the material that you are working on.

If you are working on more delicate and fine lines, you might want only one strand on your needle. Or, if you are working on needle painting work, you might want the full six strands. Its versatility is what makes it one of the go-to choices for embroidering.


This is a more fine, natural option. Generally speaking, it is used in wool embroidery, cross-stitch, tapestry, and needlepoint, among others. Not only that, you can thread the wool onto your needle and use it like any other embroidery thread for projects where a bit of texture is required.

These are just a few of the different types of threads available that you can implement into your next embroidery project. Experimenting with different kinds of threads can give you the ability to get as creative as you want in your next creation.