Using Different Threads To Create Texture

Embroidery needles and chenille needles, sometimes referred to as crewel needles, are used in free style embroidery. Your choice of needle is dependant upon the weight of fabric and the type of thread used. Traditionally an embroidery/crewel needle is used for stranded cotton and a chenille needle is used when stitching with Perlé thread, crewel yarn and some metallic/Lurex threads.

This sample of free style embroidery is using a combination of stranded cotton, crewel yarn and lurex embroidery thread to create texture and depth highlighting individual areas of this piece of work. Stranded cotton as the name suggests consists of 6 separate strands that are twisted together which makes this thread quite versatile. You can use all 6 strands at once as used in this piece of stitching, or you can separate the thread into single strands or groups of 2 or 3 strands etc. The needle used most probably would have been an embroidery size 5

Crewel yarn is traditionally strands of yarn twisted together which can be separated to use 1 individual or multiple strands depending upon the work you are creating and the fabric or canvas you are stitching on. The needle used most probably would have been a chenille size 22

The lurex thread used in this piece of work is a solid thread and cannot be split into individual strands. The needle used most probably would have been a chenille size 22

Using Different Threads To Create Texture

Tree Bark: Stitched using crewel yarn and in colours charcoal grey, medium grey and pale grey. Purple stitches using stranded cotton.

Leaves: Stitched using 6 strands of stranded cotton and in the colours of green and jade.

Lurex thread used to outline and fill in areas.