1. Embroidery Floss
Embroidery floss is the standard for all embroidery stitches. Most people use six strand embroidery floss for their stitching. The strands can be separated to create thinner lines if desired. Embroidery thread is versatile and can be used for backstitch, satin stitch and everything in between.
2. Hand and Machine Sewing Threads
These are the thin spooled threads you can find in any sewing store. They can be a great, economical option for including brightly colored silks in your work. I will often use these thin threads in couching as my stitching thread. These threads also come in rayon, cotton and polyester blends. You can use several strands of the same thread to create a thicker thread for stitching, or add in different filaments (metallic, glow in the dark, etc) to create your own specialty embroidery flosses.
3. Non-Traditional Threads
These are the really fun things that can add extra interest to your work! Copper necklace ball chain or pre-strung beads are great options for couching. I use them as the base "thread" and stitch them on with a thinner hand sewing thread (shown above). They are very easy to work with since they come in strands rather than single beads, and the smaller the beads or metal balls are, the more bendable they are, so they work really well on curves as well as straight lines.
4. Ribbon and Easter Grass
Embroidery Fundamentals: Different Types of Thread and How to Use Them
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