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Question by DanniGirl: Embroidery Thread Color Chart?
Hi there. I’ve recently picked up a lot of embroidery thread and unfortunately most of it isn’t labeled properly. I can’t seem to find any color charts for these. Here are examples of what I’m looking at.
Label (example color code)
Poly-X40 (ES419) – some sort of yellow / gold
Coats & Clark (Art.D75 G7 10) – some sort of dark blue
As you can see it gives me a brand name I can’t seem to find and a strange color id that doesn’t tell me what color it is. ES419 is some kind of yellow or gold or something… but without being able to find Poly-X40′s color chart, not only do I not know the name of the color, but I can’t compare it to any color from Isacord (for conversion).
I have a box full of these unnamed threads and I have searched for the last 2 hours and can’t find any charts that help me. Does anybody more experienced in embroidery know where I can find charts for poly-x40 and coats and clark? And is there a conversion chart to Isacord for those? I went to Isacord’s color matching on their site but neither of those two brands were listed for color conversion.
Answer by d80mama
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Crochet thread is specially formulated thread usually made from mercerized cotton for crafting decorative crochet items such as doilies or filet crochet. Crochet thread produces fabric of fine gauge that may be stiffened with starch.
Differences from yarn and sewing thread
Crochet thread is almost always produced from cotton and has a denser pile and smaller diameter than ordinary yarn. Most crochet threads are thicker in diameter than sewing yarn. Crochet thread can withstand considerable stresses from pulls with sharp hooks.
Crochet manufacturing conventions treat thread and yarn quite differently: manufacturers designate different sizing scales for thread and yarn. Thread is generally packaged on spools instead of skeins or hanks and is offered for sale in a separate section from ordinary yarns or threads.
Crochet hooks for use with thread are also sized according to a different scale from yarn hooks. Thread hooks are also manufactured differently from yarn hooks: modern yarn hooks are usually aluminum or plastic, while thread hooks are made of steel and have smaller hook heads and shorter shanks.
The division between yarn and thread is somewhat arbitrary: crochet thread at its thickest is similar in diameter and behavior to fine cotton yarn. The largest sizes of thread crochet hooks overlap with the smallest sizes of yarn crochet hooks.
A demonstration of crochet thread weight: sample filet crochet pattern repeated in different threads. From left to right: size 3, size 10, and size 20. A U.S. quarter is included for perspective.
Crochet thread comes in sizes from 3 to 100, although historically it came in much finer sizes, down to 200.
Diameter is inversely proportional to number, so size 3 is nearly as thick as yarn and size 100 is as fine as sewing thread. Thread may also be categorized by number of plies and size 10 thread is known as bedspread weight. Smaller sizes (40 and up) are rarely used anymore.
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