Sewing thread. All reenactors ask themselves how thick should it be? And how should it look?
All sewing threads for hand sewing, that we have seen on items from migration period up til 20th century have one thing in common. It’s 2-plied. Silks not included, it’s impossible to count.
Thickness? Some say that a sewing thread should be as thin as the threads in the fabric. That is not a rule that is usable on the older historical material. They used a lot thicker thread then both warp and weft combined sometimes.
Here we can see a bottom hem on an alba from Forsby church, Sweden. It is dated 1100-1350. Now in the collections of Historiska museet, Sweden.
So- don’t be afraid to use a thicker thread
/ Amica and Maria
Photos: Historical Textiles- pease cred us if sharing