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Rainbow Gallery

Threads for embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, lace making, machine embroidery, and embellishment. Cottons, silks, metallics, and blends.

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  • Cresta d'Oro

    Metallic cord by Rainbow Gallery. 67% viscose, 33% metalized polyester, 15 yards per card.

  • Frosty Rays
    Tubular nylon mesh threaded with a metallic thread. Fun and interesting to use on canvas (10 to 22 count). The metallic may be pulled up to "scrunch" the nylon tube for added texture.
  • Fuzzy Stuff

    Exactly as the name implies, it is really fuzzy with a shiny glint. Use short lengths and bring straight up and straight down through the canvas. Do not drag or pull diagonally. There is really no need to brush this yarn as it is fuzzy all by itself. The shiny hairs do not overpower the rest of the yarn, they just add a nice hint of sparkle. White Fuzzy Stuff is great for snow and snowmen. Fill in areas with split stitches or long stitches. Ignore the rule of going down into a full hole and up in an unused hole. If you come up in a hole that already has the Fuzzy Stuff stitched in it you will be pulling the hairs up to the front of the canvas to add a little more fuzziness. There are good animal colors and some very wild and funky colors that are great for Halloween designs, wild hair or outlandish garments. 
    (2 ply-14 count, 1 ply-18 count, cross stitch 1 ply-9 to 10 count)

  • Fyre Werks

    Fyre Werks is a beautiful shiny metallic ribbon that will add glitter and glitz to your work.  13-18 count canvas with long stitches on 18-22 count.

  • Mandarin Floss
  • Neon Rays

    100% rayon ribbon for canvaswork, needlepoint, and couching on any number of projects.  Use it with the ribbon foot on your sewing machine too!

    Tips for handling Neon Rays:
    When doing any stitch other than a tent stitch, the kinks in the ribbon could be removed if desired. There are several ways to do this, one of which should be right for you. The easiest way is to wet the working length of the ribbon. Use a damp sponge, white paper towel, cloth or whatever, running the Neon Rays through. It is best to use water, as opposed to any other liquid, to remove the kinks. Let the Neon Rays dry before stitching. Another method is to pop Neon Rays as you would Rozashi Silk. Wrap it around a finger on each hand and snap it. The problem with this is that it will thin your length of fiber. If this is not a concern, go ahead. If it is, use a different method. Two other methods are steaming or ironing. That seems to be too much effort for most people. A clean, hot light bulb is a handy substitute. You must lay Neon Rays or you will lose the beauty of this yarn.

    A laying tool is needed and there are several different ones on the market, all of which work well. Also, note that stitching tension will have an effect on the coverage of Neon Rays. A tighter tension will thin this yarn out and a looser tension will allow it to expand on the canvas. Also, try stabbing Neon Rays with the needle after it is threaded. By piercing the ribbon with the needle, you will avoid it slipping out of the needle. This will help you control your tension. Bury the Neon Rays well when you begin and end, as it will slip out easily. A Bargello tuck is recommended.
    (14-18 count canvas, long stitches on 18-22 count)

  • Silk Lamé

    Silk Lame' Braid #18 consists of four fine strands of silk and four metallic filaments braided together to make one larger strand that works perfectly on 18 count canvas.  The wonderful mix of silk and metallic together gives your design a soft, elegant sparkle.  You use it as is off the card for stitching, no plying necessary. A shorter length and larger needle (#22) works best to prevent tangles.  It also works well for open stitch on larger mesh, especially for water or skies.  It makes beautiful tassels and twisted cords for finishing.

  • Sparkle Braid

    A tightly twisted 4 strand metallic. Very easy to use - an excellent carry along thread with cotton and silk flosses. 1 strand = 2 strands blending filament. Use 2 strands for 18 ct needlepoint. Has a wonderful two-tone sparkle that shows up well alone or combined with other threads. Makes beautiful French Knots and twisted cords too.

  • Splendor

    One of our favourite silk embroidery flosses, Splendor comes in 360 luscious colours. 12 plies, 100% silk, 8 yards per card.

  • Treasure Braid
  • Treasure Braid Petite

    A three ply braided metallic that is extremely versatile. It can usually replace a #4 braid, however, at half the cost per yard. It is very durable and should not present any problem when stitching. In fact, you might try using it where you would use two ply of blending filament. It would give the same look and you would not have the bother, or mess, of stitching with blending filament that you would need to ply up. It is great to use when you want to add a glimmer of metallic without overpowering the rest of your stitching. You also may double or triple it in the needle when you want braids that are equal to a #6 or #9 weight. 
    (For very fine work when doing needlepoint) 
    (14-36 count cross stitch or combined with other threads)

  • Very Velvet & Petite...

    Very Velvet:

    Velour Yarn for Needlepoint 13 to 18 mesh.


    This is a fuzzy, beautiful velour yarn. It maintains its shape and thickness throughout its length. Use a rather large needle and a short tail. It does not come apart while stitching, but it may shred behind the eye of the needle. If this happens move the needle forward a half inch or so and it will not unthread. Very Velvet is colorfast and should not bleed, however, always test first. If your test produces some color it is likely some of the fine hairs pulled out. These can be flicked away leaving no dye behind. The color should remain consistent with very little dye lot variations. This size is a little tight on 18 count when doing a tent stitch. You might want to use the Petite Very Velvet for basketweave and this size for any long stitches. When preparing this fiber to be stitched, take a length off the card and run your fingernail over it a couple of times. This should remove any kinks and any excess flakes. Come straight up and down through the canvas and guide the Very Velvet with your free hand.

    Petite Very Velvet:  

    Matches Very Velvet, perfect for 18 mesh canvas.

    The Petite size of Very Velvet comes in the same color range as the regular Very Velvet. This size is better for doing basket weave or tent stitches on 18 count canvas. The regular size Very Velvet was a bit hard to manage on 18 count when doing tent stitches and they looked a bit packed. You may also use this size for longer stitches or use the regular size for satin stitches. The colors match. The hints for Very Velvet apply here also.

    10 Yards / 9.1 Meters.

  • Wisper

    A very fine fuzzy single yarn. It is usually necessary to ply up to a thickness that will cover your canvas. It is OK to double this yarn over in your needle. It may also be brushed to give a fuller effect. Combine it with another, stronger yarn to give it even more strength. 

    Stitches very well in a single ply for cross stitch on 14 to 32 count fabrics.

    (4 strands on 13-14 count canvas, 2 strands on 18 count and 1 strand on 22 count)

  • Other

    Threads by Rainbow Gallery which we only carry small amounts of.  Limited colour selection.  Other colours are available by Special Order - please telephone or email for more information.

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