Thread for embroidery on denim

by Trisha

HI. I am working out a denim project that I plan to do with perle cotton--but which one?

I am about to order a bunch of #3 perle floss. I'd like to make big, bold stitches and designs. But would Perle #5 be better? I have worked with one or the other, but I don't know which, and I can't tell size over the internet. Which shall I use?

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Hand embroidery on denim
by: Carol

Personally, I would use Perle 5 on denim. The size 3 is thicker and would not pull through the fabric as smoothly. You would also need a larger-eyed needle, which would be quite thick and might leave holes in the denim that would not close up again after stitching.

To ensure the stitching shows up well, I would stick to bright or dark colors of thread. I would also fill in areas rather than just outlining a design. Knotted stitches would work well, such as French knots or coral knot stitch. Tiny stitches may get lost in the texture of the denim itself.

Denim does tend to stretch, so I would suggest using a fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric to stabilize it. This should prevent any puckering.

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