Recently I found a “new” thread line, one that has actually been in business for more than 30 years, Treenway Silks. I had first heard of Treenway Silks when a stitcher had used them for a different colorway for Diamond Delight 4, and her rendition won a prize at the prestigious Woodlawn competition. I was quite intrigued, but couldn’t find out much about the silks since I hadn’t physically seen them, and didn’t know of a shop that carried them.
Then at the Winter TNNA show in Long Beach, Treenway Silks had a booth and I made the connection finally. Beautiful silks in three weights, plus silk floss! Overdyeds and solids, plus ribbons! I couldn’t wait to stitch with them myself. So I arranged with the owner, Susan DuBois, to stitch a project entirely with Treenway Silks, and then another project that incorporated Treenway Silks with other threads.
Garden of Silken Delights is stitched entirely with Treenway Silks in 3 weights. Zen Shin is probably my favorite weight, equivalent to about a #5 pearl. It’s 20/2 spun silk, beautiful hand and yummy colors plus overdyed colors. Tranquility is a fine silk cord, equivalent to a buttonhole twist, overdyed or solid colors. And Serenity is the heaviest weight, 8/2 reeled silk, about a #3 pearl equivalent. The Zen Shin and Serenity can be plied or stitched with as is. Treenway Silks has a thread pack for Garden of Silken Delights, and I also have it for my retailers, all the threads needed for the whole project.
For the project that combines Treenway Silks with other threads, I designed Tropical Punch. I loved this project! I had so much fun with this one, and put in my favorite stitches – double fan doubled, Amadeus, crescents, waffle stitches. I also used some of my favorite threads as well, from Caron Collection, Kreinik, Rainbow Gallery and Presencia in addition to the Treenway Silks. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I may revisit the topic of thread selection at another time, but I think I’ve exhausted it for now! As always, if you have any questions about my thread or stitch or color selection, just let me know and I’ll answer as best as I can.