More like tools than toys really. The choices of thread colour, thickness and quality are a major part of the vocabulary I use to build an image.
In the last creative spurt I have cleaned out a lot of thread, especially the nice, useful, basic colours and some of the fancies. I decided it was splurge time so went for a coordinated set to try out with…. I have not dealt with this brand before, nor have I seen it in my usual suppliers but was feeling brave, so, thanks to the magic of the internet, these new babies came knocking, courtesy of Wonderfil ( and Mr Paypal).
First impressions – ooooh. Shiny. Thin. Pretty. Want to stroke them……
The main local competition is Sulky/Gutermann Rayon ( can buy from local shops((big tick)) or Madeira Rayon, outlet in Ripon (20 odd miles away, boo) or online. All claim to be 40wt and Rayon, and all want me to use them for machine embroidery.
Visually the Wonderfil looks finer and with a less noticeable twist. The colours and lustre are soft, less strident than the remnants of Sulky and Madeira that I have left. Worked out to about £1.40 per 100m, but the really big question is how would the machine take to it? How would it sew? becomes expensive if it is not used.
The new-ish machine (Probably Malcolm) has been getting a crash course in don’t be fussy and shut up and get on with it approaches to stitching and is bearing up very well under the onslaught. Swapped the new stuff in, threaded it and stitched, no adjustments, no frills or favour. Sewed brilliantly. Considering it was Moon thread on the bobbin it took to the machine very well. I have had trouble with the Madeira 30wt fraying on the needle in the past ( should really buy specialist needles but….) but while this looked and felt just as soft, it has behaved with perfect manners. Even switched to bobbinfil without any hassles. This is my kind of sewing. Plug it in and go, no temperament, no fiddle. The piece was a reworking of the Dancing Trees, so multiple rough, uneven layers of fabric, enough to test the stitch consistency of any set up.
Concerns – It does sew very fine – I guess the 150ms won’t cover a huge amount of ground. The sheen can be a distraction, the colour doesn’t work in the same way as a matt thread would and tends to show up much lighter and not as rich in tone when in a rugby scrum of a mix. I do like it though and will certainly make use of the set. May be I should take a look at the rest of the threads Wonderfil do – something a little thicker for the bigger pieces perhaps.
Does any one else use these? Or any thing else?
My upcoming dates – 23rd July at Art@HomeFarm, Sledmere House, Yorkshire.
Summer Salon – August, Feva Festival, Knaresborough.
Great North Art Show- September, Ripon Cathedral.