Embroidery threads are not just intricate patterns drawn into clothes to make the cloth look beautiful. It might be the primary purpose but creators of embroidery projects have a different vision in mind. Some people mix the History in the designs of the threads, while some trim their thoughts on the cloth, until it results into an eccentric piece of art.

But what happens when after hours of labour, the embroidery thread starts showing its ‘true colours’ after being washed and your clothes are stained? It is necessary to know which threads to choose for a specific kind of project and this blog is here, just for that!


Which are the 13 types of threads?

Stranded Embroidery Cotton

The most common thread for embroidery work is stranded embroidery cotton thread. It’s possible that you’re referring to it as ‘Embroidery floss.’ This is the most popular thread for most embroidery and cross stitch projects. The skein is made up of 6 strands of yarn. Depending on the impact you want on the job or the material you’re working on, you can thread your needle with all 6 strands or separate them.

One strand on your needle is favorable for fine lines and delicate work. For example, one strand is advantageous for needle painting, two strands for cross stitch, and six strands for needlepoint. Embroidery floss comes in a variety of fabrics, including cotton, rayon, and silk.

Perle Cotton

This thread is a little thicker than the single strand of Stranded cotton thread. The pearl cotton thread comes in a variety of weights. This thread is available in a single strand. If you look closely at each of the single strands, you’ll notice that they consist of two twisted fibers.

If your embroidery thread has a number on it, it means something: the higher the number, the lighter the thread. This thread’s textured effect makes it perfect for Hardanger embroidery, cross stitch, redwork, and other projects. Lovely Tassels are often a beautiful result of these threads.


Rayon floss is famous because of its vivid colors and silky sheen. It’s the most gleaming embroidery floss, and it’s available in the same places as stranded cotton thread. However, it can be a challenging thread to deal with. It easily tangles and knots. Short lengths are greatly preferable to prevent tangling issues. You may also use a wet sponge to slightly dampen the thread before operating with it.


Read More: A Complete Guide to ‘Sewing Threads’.

Metallic Hand Embroidery Thread

It’s typically used to complement other embroidery techniques or to stand alone, as in gold work. Here you can see the various types of metallic threads that are appreciable in embroidery. Metallic thread tarnishes quickly, tangles, snags, and even frays, but its elegance and brilliance are unrivalled. However, synthetic metallic thread does not tarnish. There are limits to working with metallic thread as those fabrics cannot be easily washed.

Crewel Yarn

This is a two-ply strand of fine natural wool or acrylic which holds adept importance in wool embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, and tapestry work. Since one strand of wool thread is as thick as two strands of embroidery floss thread, you can thread it on your needle and use it like other embroidery threads for projects that need texture.

Tapestry Yarn

Tapestry yarn is a smooth, thick yarn that works well on canvas and other heavy materials, as well as needlepoint and crewelwork. Another thread used in needlepoint embroidery, crewel embroidery, and cross-stitch is Persian Yarn. It works well with canvas and other heavy materials.

Silk Threads

Silk threads come in a number of vivid colors and have a magnanimous preference in embroidery. They are disadvantageous due to fading quickly. They also bleed profusely when used in embroidery work. After you’ve finished the silk thread embroidery, gently press the back of the work with a steam iron to give the silk thread a lovely sheen.


Knitting yarn is mainly functional for knitting, as the name suggests. Yarn weight refers to the difference in thickness.

Variegated Threads

This is a classification scheme for embroidery thread based on colour. In the same skein of variegated yarn, there are several shades of the same hue; the colour varies over the length of the thread. It comes in a variety of thread fabrics, including cotton, silk, and rayon.

If used correctly, this thread will make your work look beautiful. For large ventures, buy variegated thread with a subtle and incremental colour shift.

Cord and Beading Thread

Couching embroidery, creating jewellery, crafting, leather stitching, binding, wrapping, stringing, knotting, lacing, or beading are all examples of uses for cord. Beading embroidery is lovely, but it needs solid, long-lasting threads. For beading embroidery stitches, you’ll need nylon thread. Although the beading nylon threads are very fine and can be used with very fine beads, they are very thick and sturdy.

These threads come in a variety of lovely colours. Waxed Cotton Cord Thread and polyester stretch cords are also available. Beading stitches and macramé are also done with these thicker strings. Elastic beading twines stretch, making them perfect for making bracelets and other similar pieces. Polyester beading cords are transparent and have a high usage as stringing beads.


Ribbons are used for embroidery in the same way as embroidery floss is used, despite the fact that they are not thread. It’s threaded through a needle and used to create lovely floral designs. Ribbons come in a number of types.

Crochet Thread

You can move on with the crochet process with any threads including embroidery floss and other various yarns. However, there is a special crochet yarn that has a lovely sheen. You can use it to make lovely doilies and other crocheted products, as well as to make string art.


This is a special embroidery thread for stitching Sashiko, a Japanese embroidery technique. Sashiko Embroidery threads are the result of four embroidery threads that are twisting simultaneously, which makes it strong and durable. it is ideal for clothing repair work as well. This thread is also usable with a thin long needle with a wide eye.

How to choose the right thread for your project?

The thread, like the cloth, is said to have a grain. Knowing the grain of the thread is vital when threading the needle with it. Experts can sense it simply by touching their palms. According to folklore, the cut end nearest to you should be threaded through the needle, and it will easily pass through the eye.

When you have to thread the needle many times, this becomes very necessary. You can Pre-wash Fabric and Floss before sewing. If you don’t want the color to bleed, this is the way to go.

Do not be concerned if you have already purchased a cheap thread that appears to be running by using them for projects that don’t need washing. We can stop Color bleeding with many cold water rinses, according to experts, so why take the chance?

The Conclusive End

Thus, here we bring the end of this blog and hope that it has brought an end to your confusion regarding threads as well!


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