The whole thread loses quite a bit of stability when separated. The thread, during the manufacturing process, is gassed and combed, so that it doesn’t pill when you stitch with it. It’s a mat thread (like the name suggests), which means it hasn’t been mercerized so it doesn’t have a shine to it. It’s definitely too thick for your typical crewel-design-on-linen type of embroidery, but it’s a really nice thread for embroidering on wool and flannel blanketing.If you like to embroider blankets, you might check it out.And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven.
I want to stitch up a “doodle blanket” with it, and I’m thinking this thread could figure heavily in that project.To demonstrate the point, I used a thread called DMC Retors Mat 4 (Art 89). And we don’t hear about this thread too often here in the States, because, although it’s a DMC thread, like many DMC threads, it’s not distributed by DMC USA.So, if a shop carries it, it’s imported from DMC in France.Additionally, Retors Mat 4 can be used in different styles of folk embroidery that feature chunkier, soft thread.I find it a little too heavy for traditional Hungarian redwork, but it could actually work for that.