threads for making friendship bracelets
I make small friendship bracelet kits for kids. I give them away for free and enjoy the happiness it brings them.
I usually buy embroidery floss by the skein.
Since I make so many at a time, I want to buy the string/thread in bulk. I have ordered from some of the sites online. But, I wondered if some of the common colors, e.g. balck and white, can be bought on a "spool"-- sorry, do not know the correct term.
I have found spools of up to 1 1/2 miles(!) but not sure what the right SIZE would be. I have found smaller lengths/weights. e.g. 10 g of size 5, perle.
To the point: what size is typically the craft thread/floss. 8 or 5? And do the numbers change if the material changes?
And what is the difference between perle, mercerized?
And what exactly do the numbers mean vs 6 strand?
Lastly, when I want to get larger amounts, it seems to shift from length to weight which makes it harder to compare.
Thanks so much!
John, friendship bracelets are normally made with 6 stranded embroidery floss, which as you mention is often supplied in skeins of around 8 meters.
The major manufacturers, such as DMC and Anchor, do supply this on cones to the trade. I happen to know that the DMC cones hold 100g or 425m of thread, as I use them myself. All the colours in the DMC stranded cotton range are available on cone.
However, (there is always one of those, isn't there?) you would have to open a trading account with the manufacturer to be able to purchase the cones. The minimum first order would be likely to be more than you would want to stock. I cannot give figures as it would vary around the world, and it was quite some time since I opened my own account.
Pearl or perle cottons are different from stranded floss. The floss is divisible where the pearl cotton is not. Pearl cotton comes in a number of different sizes; the larger the number always designates a finer thread. Pearl no. 5 is thicker, for example, than pearl no. 12. The finer pearl cottons could be used for making friendship bracelets but the thicker ones would be too chunky.
I hope this information is helpful to you.