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Posted By:    tootsnb
Do you have any idea for a substitution for Marlitt thread for a cross stitch picture
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jlhewes
08/04/14
Do you want another rayon? DMC Satin is also rayon. A shiny silk would be easier to handle but most look like cotton floss when stitched. I'm not too familiar with the shiny ones. Sorry.
tootsnb
08/05/14
Thank You for the help
Texas Stitcher
08/06/14
I was told that Marlitt is no longer being manufactured. The DMC looks just as beautiful but is probably equally as difficult to stitch with. I have never used Marlitt in X-stitch but did embroidery with it. It looks gorgeous but it was a nightmare to work with - at least for me. I would consider jlhewes suggestion, she's very experienced.
Su Pitt
08/06/14
I agree. The rayon stuff is a nightmare of horrid proportions and the silk is not that shiny. Too bad.
jlhewes
08/06/14
Found through a search on 'shiny silk floss' that Japanese silk floss is shiny, which figures considering their embroidery. Beautiful but $5.50-$8.00 per skein, so I'll have to suffer with rayon when I need shiny. Oh, also, there are a lot of shiny silk Perle type threads, expensive too but many colors.
Texas Stitcher
08/07/14
Aren't the Perle yarns too thick when used with regular floss or would you then subsitute? Or can you separate Perle? I don't like stitching with Perle. I did a tablecloth once - what a nightmare.

If it's a nice project, I'd go with the silk. My experience with Marlitt was that it works itself lose. By the time I got to the end I had to go back and weave threads in. I did two tablecloths and have one more to go. They were all purchased at once. They look beautiful but........ If the project will be framed it shouldn't be a problem because you can put the fusible material on the back.
jlhewes
08/08/14
Perle can be used on lower count fabric in place of multiple strands of floss for texture. Needlepointers use it a lot on canvas. It is not meant to be stranded. It's being produced in more colors by the overdyes folks, especially #8 & #12 sizes. That Christmas Stocking mentioned in the Chat uses Weeks & Crescent Colors #5.