Production of Rayon; Sulky Giveaway

logo Production of Rayon; Sulky Giveaway

We’re excited to partner with Sulky for a five-part giveaway beginning this week. You’ll get to learn more about thread and you’ll have many chances to win a great 3-pack of Sulky Blendables. Today we’ll take a look at the production of Sulky rayon thread.

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The wood from which Sulky rayon thread is made comes from Brazil. Year-round moderate growing temperatures deliver consistently uniform raw materials.

sulky1 Production of Rayon; Sulky GiveawayThe process from greenhouse to plantation to harvest takes seven years. Three harvests can be taken from one planting.

The trees are chopped into uniform chips, then reduced to a slurry of nearly pure cellulose. The cellulose slurry of fibers is washed, bleached and transformed into an endless band of cellulose sheets. The sheets are cut and shipped to Germany.

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At the plant in Germany, cellulose sheets are chopped and dissolved into liquid the consistency of honey.

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The “liquid gold” is extruded into endless strands of fibers. This rayon filament yarn is spun into bundles and washed. Fibers are twisted and wound with precise stretch to increase tenacity. Then the yarn is shipped to Switzerland.

sulky4 Production of Rayon; Sulky GiveawayThe yarn undergoes complex twisting, dying, drying and quality control processes in Switzerland and Austria before it is shipped back to Germany. And then…


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Pretty amazing, isn’t it?! When I consider the seven years and everything else that’s involved, the price for a spool of rayon seems to me like quite a bargain! So now you know a bit more about how it’s made.

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We’re pleased to partner with Sulky for giveaways while the brand-new May/June issue of Quiltmaker is on sale. Today we’ll choose four winners from folks who leave a comment below and answer this question by midnight Thursday, April 5: From what kind of trees does Sulky make its rayon thread? Each winner will receive a 3-pack of Sulky Blendables*—yum!

 Production of Rayon; Sulky Giveaway

* These multicolor threads are a blend of different colors in the same range of tone and intensity, with random, subtle color changes every 2 1/2″ to 5″. They’re made of the highest quality, long-staple, 100% Egyptian cotton and come in 126 colors in both 12-wt. and 30-wt. snap-end spools. They’re ideal for quilting, thread lace, bobbin work, thread painting, red work and decorative embroidery.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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454 Responses to Production of Rayon; Sulky Giveaway

  1. Rebecca Reese says:

    Eucalyptus trees!!. Still learning at my age – 65.

  2. Pat Puckett says:

    the making of the thread is quite intresting, how much traveling it has to go through to be made into the thread that we use. I love the thread, have used some of it for quilting.

  3. Sharon says:


  4. Kayenderes says:

    Eucalyptus Trees. Would like to try the blendables. Threads are costly here in

  5. Jean Cardinal says:

    Eucalyptus trees. I love Sulky Rayon embroidery thread, but haven’t tried the Blendables yet.

  6. Candace Gregory-Abbott says:

    Eucalyptus Trees

  7. wanda says:

    The eucalyptus tree. I love your thread and it is about the only one that I use. Thanks for the chance to win some.

  8. Kathleen Crouch says:

    The eucalyptus tree! Who would have known there was so much that goes into making thread and the places it goes to before the final product. Thanks for the information about Sulky.

  9. Machelle Stevens says:

    Who knew Rayon came from the Eucalyptus Tree? Can’t wait to share this with my students. Thanks!

  10. Regina Harris says:

    The Eucalyptus Tree — very interesting to find out more about the thread and look forward to next segments.

  11. Sandy Wootten says:

    Eucalyptus tree. Can’t wait to win

  12. Diana Dunbar says:

    The Eucalyptus Tree and what a fascinating process that takes to make spools of thread. We complaint about the price of thread but it is nothing compared to the process that goes into making it. Thank you for a wonderful story behind the thread.

  13. Tylea says:

    Wow, very interesting. Lot of miles. Can just imagine the smell, when cooking it the smell of the trees..

  14. ester nelson says:

    I forgot to add, Euclyptus trees.

  15. ester nelson says:

    Wow, I never knew all that, but I do like the thread, and now I will be very kind to it! : )

  16. Susan says:

    From what kind of trees does Sulky make its rayon thread? They choose to make it from the Eucalyptus Tree.
    A little research indicated that the ‘typical’ choices are pine, spruce and hemlock.
    It would be interesting to learn the “Why” behind the choice of the Eucalyptus tree for Sulky!

  17. Betty Domal says:

    I have been using Sulky threads for many years…it’s my favorite embroidery thread..would love to win some.
    I have a lot of the Sulky magazines that Joyce Drexler has published.
    Also enjoy “Quiltmaker” magazine.

  18. Joy Kimmel says:

    Eucalyptus Tree -Have quite an assortment of Sulky–keep adding to it-love the color variations and now appreciate the process from tree to spool

  19. connie says:

    it’s the eucalyptus tree, hope I win

  20. Ruth Filbin says:

    The Eucalyptus Tree. No wonder I love this thread! Thanks for all the information you supply us with – I would have never guess this!

  21. Rachell R says:

    Eucalyptus trees! Would love to try this thread! Thanks for a chance!

  22. C.J. says:

    Eucalyptus! Who would have thunk it? I love using the Sulky rayons to satin stitch my fusible appliques. It always looks fantastic!

  23. Dale says:

    Who knew that Sulky threads were made from eucalyptus trees? I just love the sheen of the thread.

  24. gloria miller says:

    Eucalyptus trees ! Remembering the fragrance on Catalina Island, Ca. where they were growing in abundance.

  25. Chris says:

    Eucalyptus trees! The miracle trees of nature!

  26. Eucalyptus Trees. I love using Sulky threads for my embroideries but I wish the stores would carry a more extensive array of colors/shades of Sulky threads to choose from and I would like to see a better Sulky color chart of all the Sulky threads. Thanks for the information on how Sulky thread is made.

  27. Lisa Socha says:

    The answer is Eucalyptus trees! Thank you Sulky for sponsoring this prize. You have a wonderful product that spurs our creativity!

  28. Ida says:

    Eucalyptus! Love the blendables. Thanks for the chance

  29. Jennifer says:

    Eucalyptus Trees

  30. Tammy Hempel says:

    Eucalyptus trees. The process of making this thread is just amazing . I had no idea that the tread was made this way. Thank you for the info and the giveaway.

  31. dorothy says:

    thanks for a great thread

  32. Elizabeth Perryman says:

    Eucalyptus Trees – Thanks for a fine product.

  33. Bobbie says:

    Wow – you learn something new everyday! I had no clue that it was made from Eucalyptus trees! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Lori Nelson says:

    I love Sulky rayon thread and I had no idea it was such a process! The thread is made from Eucalyptus trees.

  35. Pat Steckman says:

    eucalyptus treets – interesting thread facts – truly “international” traveling thread – love the feel and look of your threads -

  36. dotti elgart, LV,NV. says:

    EucalyptusTree, been using Sulky for embroidery as well as quilting for many years. Love that it is so accessible in local stores. Love the colors and color combinations. Thanks Sulky! Dotti from Las Vegas

  37. Denise Jewell says:

    It is made from the Eucalyptus tree. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Liz says:

    Eucalyptus! Who knew these trees could provide some much visual and tactile pleasures!

  39. Pam Rozum says:

    The Eucalyptus tree. Thank you for the information!

  40. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I never realized that thread could be made from trees! Wow! Sulky threads are certainly a natural thread since it’s made from Eucalyptus trees!

  41. KatieQ says:

    Thank you for the great post. It was really interesting to learn how the thread is made. I had no idea they used Eucalyptus trees. In all the years I have used Sulky threads, I never thought about how it was made.

  42. Brenda Van Hooydonk says:

    Very interesting,had no idea thread was made from the eucalyptus tree.

  43. Deb says:

    Fascinating. I would not have guessed that Sulky rayon threads are made from eucalyptus trees.

  44. Nedra Gnagey says:

    Eucalyptus tree. Didn’t know this but it was very interesting and informative.

  45. It is make from the Eucalyptus tree…. Simply Amazing…..

  46. Susan Hoecker says:

    The Eucalyptus tree! Interesting reading! Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Lizzie says:

    Wow, fantastic information! Sulky is so beautiful! No wonder it is so shiny, if Eucalyptus is involved!

  48. Denise Comire says:

    Eucalyptus tree! Never would have thought that to be the case.

  49. Janet says:

    Eucalyptus trees! Interesting post. Thanks for a chance to win.

  50. Jodi G. says:

    Sulky makes it’s rayon thread from Eucalyptus trees. How amazing and interesting to find out how the thread is made. Seven years? WoW!

    Thank you and Sulky for a super giveaway and a chance to win some amazing thread.


  51. Sandra says:

    Eucalyptus Trees. Interesting article.

  52. Jerry Beavers says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win Sulky thread made from the Eucalyptus tree. The article was very informative.

  53. Nancysue says:

    The Eucalyptus Tree

    Gosh, I love spelling that word :)

  54. Mary Janice Richmond says:

    Eucalyptus trees. Quite an interesting article I enjoyed learning this.

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