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