Today I’m going to talk about the threads I’m using for my Spring in Italy Sampler, why I’ve chosen these particular threads for my sampler and where I buy threads.
I live and work in Berlin, Germany. I order all of my threads from European Union member countries. That way I don’t have to pay import duty on any of the thread I order and the shipping costs within Europe are very similar to shipping costs in the USA between states. I would assume it’s also about the same for shipping within Australia.
What this means for me is that I can get thread from France, Italy and the United Kingdom easily and relatively cheaply. While many of these threads are available in the USA, prices are often higher than what I pay here. I know that some of the threads I have used may not be available to embroiderers in other countries. There are threads that I cannot get easily here – Caron threads being one of those. The Impression threads I used for this project I bought while I was home visiting my daughters at Christmas. Finding them here is difficult and VERY expensive.
Below is a list of the suppliers that I use and the thread I get from each supplier. If you are really set on having a particular thread, then remember that duty might be charged and shipping can be expensive.
When I was planning this project, I simply took the threads I had and used those. I did have to order one more cotton thread since I only had three kinds of cotton thread. I wanted to get Danish Flower Thread but could not find it easily. I found one shop in Berlin that carries it, but they are open only during the hours I work. There are NOT open on Saturdays and NO ONE is open on Sunday! Talk about frustration! But the happy result of that dilemma is I found a new kind of thread and I’m really excited to try it – Aurifil Cotton. And I like it already because it has musical names – Allegro, Vivace and Maestoso!