#3, #5, #8 and #12 Weight

All of our pearl (also known as perle) cottons are 100% hand over-dyed cotton, with #3 being the thickest and #12 being the finest of the four weights. Each of these fibers is perfect for needlepoint - as well as a variety of other techniques, including blackwork, huck embroidery, tatting, quilt knotting and more - and can be used on different mesh canvases. All four weights work well for the stitches on wool appliqué and penny rugs, too.

  • Because #3 is heavier than the other weights, it draws more attention to the individual stitches on the appliquéd pieces. This size is popular for primitive-style designs.

  • #5 is the most commonly used of our four sizes because it draws attention to the stitches on an appliqué piece, without taking away from the overall design.

  • Because #8 is much finer, the appliquéd piece changes in appearance - and the wool's color, texture and shape become the focal point of the design, not the stitches themselves.

  • Last but not least, #12 is new to the Weeks Dye Works lineup and is great for use in embroidering details. It's also fine enough to go through beads for embellishing, and strong enough to keep the beads in place.

While many of Weeks Dye Works' colors are standard for our line of Pearl Cotton, special orders are available. Email us for more information.