At Christmas bobbin I missed a solid and malleable metallic thread. So I decided to look at it in more detail and started testing metallic threads. I tested the threads: Zlatka, Diamant, Yara Art(CAMELLIA), Nakis Simi a Karolína. To see the test results better, click on the images to see them enlarged. On the cover photo you can see that, I turned thread firmly on a pin. I wanted to see how the threads would behave when the pin was pulled out- whether or not they would remember the shape which got wrapped around a pin. The result can be seen in the photos of pinned pieces of cloth.
I tested it first and with this thread it was quite encouraging right from the start. Zlatka springs and holds when you pull the sticks – it does not tear. Even though it is rough to the touch, it turns easily and quite smoothly on the sticks and I didn’t feel it restrain. The thread is malleable, it stays where you put it. But it is elastic and if you want to have a firm knit, you need to pull. When the knit stay on the pins from evening to morning, it settles and holds. The surface of the knit is rough to the touch but does not stab.
Metalic thread DIAMANT is is an exceptionally glossy and thin single-strand thread. The surface is smooth, knots fits well and accurately even without pulling next to the each other. The knit is surprisingly hard and smooth to the touch. Of all the threads, it is the most pleasant to touch.
Metalic thread Yarn Art (CAMELLIA) reminds perl thread. It is smooth, soft and even the whole ball is soft to the touch. It consists of a white thread, which is wrapped with a fine metallic fiber looking like a strip of aluminum foil. It is thicker than Pearl thread and has an extra metallic fiber. When unwinding from sticks does not restrain. The warp pairs in the knit need to be a little coated to be straight.
Metalic thread Nakis Simi is thin, sharp, immobile to the touch and it is necessary to push the threads to sit next to the each other. The knit is sharp to the touch but looks very effective. After a while, when I shot the sticks and made a piece of cloth, which is in the Picture, my hands stay a little blue. I bought the blue because it was the only shade they had in the haberdashery. Gold and silver do not have to color.
Metalic thread Karolína is the only one available in four thicknesses. The samples are made from metalic thread Karolína 1, Karolína 2, Karolína 3 and Karolína 5. The thread is made of a viscose fiber that forms the core of the thread and a polyester metallic strip that wraps the core.
Metalic thread Karolína 1 is composed of only one thread and is suitable for very fine bobbin lace details, for hand sewing and embroidery.
Metalic threads Karolína 2,3 and 5 are made up of several fibers and treated with a special means to prevent unwanted unwinding of the individual strands after cutting the thread. The manufacturer determines it for bobbin lace and effective crochet.
The thinness of thread Karolina 1 scared me a bit, but it was very good for boobin. Quite easy it was with Karolina 2 too. The thickness of thread Karolina 3 and Karolina 5 required a slightly stronger pull. But be careful – these two threads also tore apart – they seemed fragile. Given how much fiber there is, I didn’t expect it. Bobbin with them also requires “to have in hands” – until they get their place, they do what they want.
I wish you a nice day and a nice bobbin,