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This chart is offered as general guide-lines for the number of strands/ply to use for each fiber based on canvas mesh size.

Always take into account the amount of tension applied. Some of us are more comfortable with a very tight tensions (we pull the thread very tightly) and others have a very light or soft tension. If you are inclined to pull your thread tightly, you might consider incrreasing the ply to get full coverage of your canvas.

Some fibers can be separated (i.e. Splendor, Gloriana, Soie d'Alger) and the number of ply listed below are how many ply to use after separation. Other fibers can not be separated (Burmilana, Medici, Crystal Rays) and the number of ply tells you how many strands to use. Fibers below have an asterisk (*) if they generally are separated...

Thread
13 mesh
18 mesh
Comments
Accentuate
-
-
blend with other fibers, 1-2 ply
Alpaca
1 ply
1 ply
Angora
1 ply
1 ply
In 18 mesh, this works best with long stitches
Burmilana
4-6 ply
2-3 ply
Crystal Rays
1-2 ply
1 ply
DMC Floss*
6 ply
4 ply
Estaz
1 ply
1 ply
On 18 mesh, this works best with long stitches, or couched into place
Flair
1 ply
1 ply
Frosty Rays
1 ply
Fuzzy Stuff
2 ply
1 ply
works great with longer stitches
FyreWerks
1 ply
1 ply
Gloriana*
6 ply
4 ply
Impressions
2 ply
1 py
Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon
1 ply
1 ply
Kreinik #8
-
1 ply
Kreinik #12
-
1 ply
Kreinik #16
1 ply
-
Neon Rays
1 ply
1 ply
Patent Leather
1 ply
1 ply
In 18 mesh, this works best with long stitches
Paternayan Wool*
2 ply
1 ply
Pearl Cotton #3
1 ply
-
Pearl Cotton #5
-
1 ply
Petite Frosty Rays
1 ply
1 ply
Rainbow Linen
-
1 ply
Ribbon Floss
1 ply
1 ply
4mm River Silk Ribbon
-
1 ply
7mm River Silk Ribbon
1 ply
-
Sampler Threads*
6 ply
4 ply
Silk & Ivory
1 ply
1 ply
Snow
-
1 ply
Soie d'Alger*
6 ply
4 ply
Soy Luster
3 ply
2 ply
Sparkle Rays
1 ply
1 ply
Splendor*
6 ply
4 ply
This is a 12 ply silk cord
Sprinkles
1 ply
1 ply
Sundance Beads #11
1
-
Sundance Beads #14
-
1
Trebizond
2 ply
1 ply
Threadworx* (overdyed floss)
6 ply
4 ply
Very Velvet
1 ply
1 ply
Vineyard Silk
1 ply
1 ply
Watercolours*
2 ply
1 ply
Wisper
4 ply
2 ply
or 1 ply blended with a wool fiber

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