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« on: April 11, 2009 04:52:16 PM »

When I was much more of a n00b, I bought two pearl cotton balls in size 8 (or 10/12, I'm too lazy to go look), one black one white, thinking it was the same as regular floss. Obviously I was wrong, and it has sat unused by me. So I'm wondering: when do you use pearl/perle cotton over regular, 6-ply embroidery floss, and why? What is it that you like about it? Any pictures would be great!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009 06:29:43 PM »

Maybe it can be used for crewel?

« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009 10:26:01 AM »

i have used pearl cotton (i forget the exact # as you referred to) to lace up my embroidery on fabric over foam board to it could be framed

« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009 10:42:02 AM »

Some samplers call for the different thread. I use it for that and also have a small stash set aside to start making temari balls.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2009 03:09:14 AM »

There are no "rules" for when to use pearl cotton instead of stranded cotton.  It all depends on what effect you want to achieve.  I've used it in many projects. Experiment a little.  It has quite a different look than regular floss.
This is my latest finish:

The leaves and and the wisteria are done with #5 pearl cotton.

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