Since Biblical times, metal threads have been used to decorate the garments of royalty, as well as ecclesiastical and ceremonial items.
The threads are refered to in both English - Purl - and French - Bullion. We have Purl, Check Purl, Pearl Purl, Spangles and hard to find threads such as Faconnee Brilliant, Cordonnet, Passing Thread and Metallics.
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Gilt Sylke Twist
This is the silk thread wrapped with gold wire that is being used in the Plimouth Plantation embroidery project. The gilt thread accent may look subtle - but wait until you see it sparkle in the light!
Smooth Purl is made by wrapping a flattened wire around a round needle. It looks like a tiny, shiny spring. Rough Purl is also made by wrapping wire around a round form, but using round wire to produce a dull finish.
Check Purl is produced by wrapping the wire onto a square mold. The angles cause the wire to sparkle.
Pearl Purl looks like a tiny string of pearls.
Passing thread, twists, tambour thread in gilt or silver-plate will all add sparkle to your work.
Flat sequins made in the same way as in the Middle Ages. A "bead" of wire is cut and then flattened in a press.
Check threads, rococo, twists in gilt, silver, or non-tarnish finishes will add the perfect finishing touch.