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Thread Terminology

  • Mercerized
Thread has undergone a process making it stronger and giving it a luster.

  • Boilfast
The color will not run or fade in hot water.

  • Ply
The number of units or cords that have been twisted together to make a single strand. The weight will signify the thickness of the strand, such as #10 to #70 or even #100. The larger the number the finer the thread.

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Thread Varieties

  • Knit Cro-Sheen
Generally a 4 ply tightly twisted thread. It's about a size 10 or a bit larger. Has been widely interchanged for size 10 threads. Some suggestions for usage are shawls, blouses, dresses, bedspreads, curtains and lace trims.

  • Metallic Knit Cro-Sheen
A 4 ply thread with one strand of mylar. It does offer quite a variety of colors, such as white and gold, gold on gold, green and red, white and red, white and silver etc. It's great for thread ornaments, doilies, sweaters, blouses and fashion accessories.

  • Speed Cro-Sheen
An 8 ply, firmly twisted thread, about a size 3. It's great for bedspreads, tablecloths, placemats and fashion accessories.

  • Bedspread Weight Cotton
Is a 4 ply, very firmly twisted thread. It's commonly called a size 10 thread. It's excellent for bedpsreads, tablecloths, place mats, trims and doilies. For most of my patterns I use a size 10 thread.

  • Perle Cotton
A 2 ply, loosely twisted cotton thread with a very high sheen. It is comparable to a size 5 thread. It's great for vests, blouses, trim and flowers.

  • Tatting-Crochet Cotton
A 3-ply, firmly twisted size 70 thread (can also be finer). It's great for trims, laces, tatted doilies, and the like.

  • Boucle
A 4-ply stubbed novelty that is loosely twisted and soft. It's an excellent source for making dresses and sweaters and other clothing accessories.

  • Six Cord Cotton
A 6 ply, very hard thread that comes in size 20, 30 for tableclothes, trim and lace.

  • Three Cord Cotton
Widely used for tablecloth, trim and lace. Should be available in 10, 20, and 30 weight. It's a 3 ply , firmly twisted fiber.

  • Lustersheen
A sport weight yarn, that is excellent for vests, blouses, doilies, and the like. It comes in a variety of colors and is comparable to a size 3 or sport weight fiber.

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Thread Brands

  • Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread
3 ply, size 10 bedspread weight, 100% mercerized cotton.

  • Aunt Lydia's Denim Crochet Thread
75% cotton and 25% acrylic.

  • Cebelia Crochet Cotton
An excellent quality, 3 cord, mercerized 100% cotton thread.

  • Coats Big Ball
3 ply 100% mercerized cotton thread.

  • Cordonnet
A superior quality, six-cord, mercerized, 100% cotton thread.

  • DMC Baroque Crochet Cotton
A bedspread weight 100% cotton thread with a soft sheen.

  • DMC Traditions Crochet Cotton
An excellent quality 100% cotton, Size 10 crochet thread.

  • Grandma´s Best
100% mercerized cotton thread, bedspread weight, 3-ply.

  • J & P Coats
Mercerized 100% cotton thread.

  • Nicola Crochet Thread
Mercerized crochet cotton.

  • Opera Crochet Cotton
An excellent premium quality crochet cotton, 3-ply, tightly-twisted 100% cotton thread.

  • Optima Crochet Thread
Mercerized thread.

  • Regina Crochet
100% Egyptian cotton mercerized.

  • South Maid Crochet Cotton
100% mercerized for added strength and softness.


Please note, not all thread varieties and brands are represented here.

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