I came across this great article on the Kreinik website all about the Care and Usage of Kreinik Blending Filaments. It can be used for fly-tying? Very interesting!
Uses and Care For Kreinik Blending Filament
Blackwork, crewel, crochet, cross stitch/counted thread, doll making (by hand and machine), fly fishing, hardanger, knitting (by hand), lace making, machine embroidery/bobbin work, machine embroidery/in the needle, miniatures, needlepoint/canvas work, punch embroidery, silk gauze/Polysil embroidery, smocking, stumpwork, weaving.
The thin quality of Blending Filament allows you to create elements of subtle light reflection. It is often combined with cotton, wool or another thread type, in the same needle, to create a random metallic sparkle. The addition of one or two strands does not add weight to your thread, so you can use the needle size that accommodates the stranded cotton. Vary the amount of highlight or shimmer you want to add to a design by using one or more strands; use a single strand for the most subtlety or two strands for added effect.
Overstitching & Texture:
There’s more to Blending Filament than just ‘blending,’ however. You can also use Blending Filament by itself to overstitch, bringing a reflective highlight or glow to a particular spot. Also, use a single strand of Blending Filament by itself in half-cross stitches for backgrounds on fabric; it creates a slight texture and subtle shimmer.
Kreinik Blending Filament is hand or machine washable and dry cleanable. Cool water is recommended. Do not use bleach. It can also be tumble-dried on low setting. When ironing a finished piece containing Blending Filament, do not iron directly on the thread; use a cloth, and do not use steam.
Tips on using Kreinik Blending Filament in hand work:
Blending Filament comes on a snap-spool mechanism. Both sides of the spool open, so look for the side where the thread end is located. Insert your thumbnail under the cap, and rotate the spool while gently lifting the cap to release the thread (the cap should not pop off). Snap the lid shut to secure the unused portion.
Use short lengths of thread-about 45cm (18 inches) or less-to avoid excessive abrasion when pulling the thread through the ground fabric or canvas. The more a strand is pulled through fabric or canvas, the more ‘wear’ it causes on the thread. Using shorter lengths will maintain the quality of the thread, plus reduce tangling as shorter lengths are easier to control (less knotting!). If you are stitching on fabric, use a needle large enough to ‘open’ the hole in the fabric sufficiently and allow the thread(s) to go through more easily; this reduces friction and fraying.
If combining Blending Filament with another thread type in a needle, you may wish to moisten the filament together with the other thread with a slightly damp, soft cosmetic sponge. This can help to control both thread types as they work together in your needle.
Stitch slowly with Blending Filament to achieve more control and insure uniformity in stitching.
Let your needle hang frequently to let the thread untwist and thus reduce knotting.
If using Hi Lustre Blending Filament, lay the filament flat and smooth as you stitch to allow maximum light reflection. Think of it as a tiny ribbon; using a laying tool can help prevent twisting, or simply use your finger to lay the thread.
I just love the bling when using metallics!
And Kreiniks are some of the best in the world! We carry many of the most popular colours, and getting more all the time as our shop grows. Here’s a link to see the lineup: https://magichourcrossstitchsupplies.com/product-category/floss/kreinik-threads/blending-filaments/
And by the way – it’s pronounced “Kry-nik”. At least that’s how they answer the phone!