Some of My Craftings

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Penny Rugs - To Floss or Thread???

Crafters use a variety of threads when sewing penny rugs and other folk arty crafts.  There are many choices available: embroidery floss, wool sewing thread, and DMC perle cotton thread, for example.  When I started making woolies, I used embroidery floss. Then the wonderful ladies at The Woolen Needle told me that they use either No. 8 DMC perle cotton thread or Valdani Threads (Valdani Threads are the premium threads for heirloom crafters!). 

My personal choice is DMC perle cotton thread (No.8).  In fact, here are some colors I just ordered from because my supply was getting low.   For some of my work I do use colored threads, but my main stay colors are black and DMC No. 642 (shown in the first photo, left). No. 642 is a great "blending" color and my choice when I prefer not to use black thread for my backstitching. I have a hard time finding DMC colors at local crafting stores, so I buy mine online at JoAnn.COM. They offer over 85 differ colors!

This weekend I finished a little spring pattern of my own design using some re-cycled wool and DMC No. 8 perle cotton. What do you think? :)


  1. Very cute design! I, like you, prefer to use the pearl cotton. I watch for them to go on sale at too and stock up with my favorite colors. My most used colors besides black and ecru are the #640 and #642 and just because of what you've said, they blend so well with so many colors... it's like a chameleon color. I only use floss if I need to do tiny stitching when the #8 pearl is too thick. Floss tangles so easily, it' difficult to switch back after being so used to pearl cottons. Pearl cotton looks so much nicer too!

  2. Ditto on the pearl cotton and Love your bunny design.

  3. Amazing design!! Spacify has a collection of modern Buy Rugs with an array of modern designs. Each has its own great look that will find a way to enhance your home

  4. Well done ~ you are very talented!

    Sweet blessings to you!


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