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Purl

Examle of crimped embroidery purl. Examle of crimped embroidery purl.

Purl is a metal thread made from a very fine wire wound around a single core, which is either tubular or triangular in shape. It is very similar to bullion thread, but tends to be firmer. 

There are four main forms of purl: a) Bright check purl: a purl with a faceted (zig-zag) and shiny surface. Instead of being wrapped around a tubular shape a triangle form is used; b) Crimped purl (French: Faconnée): a purl with a characteristically spiral configuration. Instead of being wrapped around a tubular shape a triangle form is used; c) Rough purl: a purl with a smooth surface and a matt appearance; d) Smooth purl: a purl with a smooth surface and shiny appearance.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8 June 2016).

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Last modified on Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:14