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Example of passing metal thread. Example of passing metal thread.

Passing is a form of thread used in metal thread embroidery. It consists of a thin strip of metal wound around a thread core, usually of cotton or silk. Some passings have a white or grey core, others are yellow or orange. This is said to be linked with whether silver (white/grey) or gold (yellow/orange) metal thread is being used. Another explanation is one of economics: an undyed core is cheaper than a yellow/orange dyed one.

A passing thread is normally fastened to a ground material using a couching technique with one or more threads at a time. Passing can also be used in the same manner as a normal embroidery thread, but there may be problems caused by possible damage to the thread as it passes backwards and forwards through the ground material.

See also the TRC Needles entry on Japanese thread.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8 June 2016).


Last modified on Sunday, 16 April 2017 18:52