Although floche has been on the market for some time, it is not nearly as common as other cotton threads. AND, it is rarely offered as a hand-dye.
My first experience with floche was about five years ago when I attended a painted canvas workshop in California. I had not seen the product here in Canada. My first thought was how fine it was and how soft it felt.
I love “feeling” thread – don’t you? I wondered what sort of stitching it would be best for? With encouragement from the teacher I gave it a try and loved it. I used it for open stitches on 18 count canvas.
What is cotton floche?
Floche is a very fine non-divisible cotton thread. It is comprised of fine strands that are softly twisted. It is used as it comes off the skein, without separating into individual strands. It is mercerized to create a beautiful soft sheen. While it is comparable in size to one to two strands of floss, it is not to be confused with floss.
Because of the soft twist, the thread has a nice spread when stitching. This means it covers well and remains smooth. It is ideal for fine embroidery techniques.
Floche works well for cross stitch, on 18-28 count fabrics.
Especially beautiful for satin stitching, specifically thread painting. You might like to try it for long and short stitches and stem stitch too!
Offered in 25 meters/27.34 yard skeins. Currently there are twelve different colour combinations available. I have focused on lighter colour combinations with soft variations of colours with this dye lot. A broader range of colour combinations including some darker colours will be available in the future. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Please contact me via email.
Mary from NeedlenThread has written in more detail about floche on her website. It is one of her favourite threads!
Give floche a try! I think you will love it.