Hey there Threadies!
Recently, we have been commissioned to design a few garments in thread. These have ranged from size 10 to size 5 and we have LOVED the results as have our editors/publishers. Here's our question though…
How likely are you to make a garment from thread? We know they are out there but… still… would you sit down and make a garment from thread? What type of garment would you make? What types of occasions would you make a thread garment for? What type of thread are you using?
Three of the thread garments we can tell you about are:
1. a skirt, size 10 thread, bamboo
2. a jacket, size 5 thread, cotton
3. a knee-length dress, size 10 thread, bamboo
4. a top, size 3 thread, cotton
We hear threadies saying they want more garments but then we hear from editors and publishers that thread garment patterns just aren't that popular? Do you feel like that is an issue of the quality of the pattern or are they correct that thread garments just aren't something a Threadie is going to make?
Thank you in advance for your feedback. We ask these questions in the interest of starting a productive conversation to improve our design studio as well as further the cause of thread patterns in the industry as a whole.
talk to you soon…
I almost see size three thread as yarn. As an old time threadie even size ten feels like I'm cheating.
I would be most likely to make garments out of those sizes versus 20, 30 or 80 because I is getting old, can't see and my hands will start to ache. (Boo hoo)
I would make the top for sure, maybe the skirt for my daughter cause she rocks what ever I make. Jacket? Only if I lived some where else and not the Pac NW. The dress? Who are you kidding, I don't have time nor do I have the patience.
I would make the top. I live in Florida so I need cotton tops. Like Laura I think of size 3 as yarn.
Hey, I don't consider myself a Threadie, but I'm not scared of thread either. I am thrilled to see that someone is designing something bigger than a scarf in the bamboo thread! I love it, have a bunch stashed, and would love to make something out of it. (Probably next summer, but still...)
Living in a place with warm summers I'd like to try the jacket and top especially, and I wouldn't consider size 3 and 5 threads yarn, so no issues there. Those are still light enough that they wouldn't be sweltering to wear in the hot, humid South. (Because thin wool yarn is still wool.)
So, yes, please, sign me up! :D
I love thread but I wouldn't don't think I would be interested in a whole garment from thread. I would embellish garments with thread. It would take so long.
I think editors are out of touch. I'd love some great thready threads, but all of the great patterns I have seen are in Russian or European publications. If editors would consistently publish the better, European-like threaded garment patterns I think they would develop a huge following.
It might help them to see that thread patterns can also be worked in very fine yarns. I have often looked at thread patterns and wondered what the equivalent yarn would be. It might help to include the yarn equivalents in thread patterns, where yarn would still work.
Hope that helps!
I have made tops from size 5 thread cotton and would love to tackle a dress or a skirt. I'm curious, what is your bamboo size 10 thread? Stores, even websites, don't carry that kind of thread over here.
Red Heart makes an Aunt Lydia's crochet thread in bamboo that we LOVE using and, since the start of this post, have designed quite a few pieces in.
Here is the link: Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread Size 10
Hi Shibaguyz-I'm a crochet designer and like to use thread for certain types of designs. I recently submitted a thread design for a shawl to one publisher (#10) and a bag design (#5) to another. Both were accepted but the designs were very contemporary and bore no resemblance to doilies (not that there's anything wrong with doilies)!
However, I really think there's an outdated image that comes up when editors see the word "thread" when it relates to garments. I think it's a wonderful material for gorgeous drapey clothing. I'm not saying that a crochet editor can be wrong but.....nope-not going to say it.
I think the modern crocheter is game for anything that's well designed-it's a whole new world out there.
I know this discussion is a little older, but I just wanted to make a quick comment. I live in a tropical climate, so while most folks who live in more temperate climates are making warm winter woolies, I am still in T-shirts and flip flops. For the climate I'm in buying thick bulky yarns don't make any sense. I'm currently transitioning into a thready from a yarnie. ;) That being said, I am VERY likely to make garments out of thread such as beach coverups, tops, bikinis, bags, and skirts. Since I'm still getting the hang of it, I'm sticking to the thicker threadweights, on up to sock weight yarn.