Monday, 11 February 2013

Coloured threads .....

I've been finding it more and more difficult to get hold of coloured linen threads. There is a plethora of beautiful Irish threads available via America and Germany ... but frustratingly very few available in the UK. Customs charges, and that killer £8 Royal Mail  handling charge, put most of these just out of my reach. I have also found it particularly hard to find coloured thread in the size that I like to use in my books, I find that any threads larger than 25/ 3 cord are too bulky for the stitches I favour.

I think I may have found a solution .... dye my own. Armed with: a very basic knowledge, a few home dyes and a couple of pans on the stove I had a play and came up with these ......

..... the blue thread on this mini shoe leather book is one of mine

Once I master my technique I plan to post a "how to" tutorial. In the meantime ... be warned ... linen threads twist like mad when wet and are fiendish to untangle.


  1. Funnily enough i have been looking at threads this week as want to use something thinner for binding and found there little available here (thought was looking in the wrong places!)

    I LOVE the colours you have made, very pretty and the blue looks fab on the journal.

    Your binding skills are AMAZING!!

    1. Cheers Lorna! I'm itching to dye another batch but really need to crack on and make some books with the thread I have.