Benton & Johnson
Japanese Thread (K4)
Use for couching
Priced per metre
Japanese thread is a goldwork thread made of a cotton core wrapped with a strip of metal plate. This means that is is quite soft and easy to manipulate while stitching and has a lovely shine. The coloured versions are called 371 thread (they are ever so slightly thinner, but made in much the same way).
‘Japanese thread’ is used widely in goldwork all over the world, notably China, India and Britain as well as Japan. Like all our metal threads, it is made here in the UK.
Use Japanese thread by couching over it (usually in pairs for a smooth line, but singly if you prefer). Use either a matching or contrasting sewing thread with a coating of beeswax.