Stitching with Ultra-Suede

I am currently working Parisian Stitch with grey Ultra-Suede from Rainbow Gallery. It is a pretty effect, but I have a few tips to make it a little easier. If you have additional tips, please share them. This is the first time I have stitched with it.

1. The fiber is cut into five one-yard lengths. I know it sometimes seems easier to work with long lengths of any thread, but you really shouldn’t use anything longer than 18 inches. Otherwise, it tends to knot and “look tired.” You will want to cut this thread in half or even thirds, because it is stretchy and too much pulling will break it. Even then, some strands are very easy to break and others are not.

2. It is a flat ribbon-like thread, the type that offers great coverage on gobelin (satin) stitches but looks best when using some sort of tool to keep it flat. Many people use laying tools, but you can also use a pencil or even a finger — anything to help it stay flat and not twist on the canvas. You may want to use a larger needle than usual; it helps with threading the needle, and also helps make the canvas hole a little larger to pull it through. If you have problem hands, you may want to do a little at a time, working on easier sections of your needlepoint with different threads between Ultra-Suede sessions.

4. Don’t get discouraged! The look of this thread is worth a little extra work, especially for boots, bags, and coats. It can add some wonderful texture to Santa, for example.

Enjoy your stitching, and keep challenging yourself.

P.S. I recently heard that Rainbow Gallery has a similar thread called Super Suede. I believe it is meant to replace Ultra-Suede and is much easier to work with.

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  1. Nice Blog, thanks for sharing this kind of information.

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