But it looked so big in the picture... ;)

i have some vintage coats & clark’s tatting/crochet thread. i got it by mistake early last year, thinking it was knitting-sized, not realizing that size 70 is teeny-tiny. i have 6 full balls/skeins of it, 125 yards each.

links on ravelry for it include http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/coats--clarks-ont-tatting-crochet-size-70 and http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/jp-coats-tatting-cotton-size-70 and http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/jp-coats-tatting-crochet-size-70 .

does anyone know if it can be used for machine sewing, like to wind on a bobbin or spool? and/or does it work ok for double-strand knitting, like for reinforcing sock toes/heels?

it’s mercerized cotton, and boil-fast.

thanks! :slight_smile:

It looks similar to the stuff I bought specifically to use for lifelines. Hmm maybe it could be used for buttons or for detail work like on a toy? That’s an awful lot though.

ETA- you could probably carry it with another yarn for a interesting look.

I would not use it since it is so old. You never know if dry rot is present somewhere in the skein of it.

70 is the same size as a lot of sewing thread and was used for very fine lace. It’s cotton, so not a good thing for reinforcing sock heels and toes.

You could take a good look at one ball of it and see if it has weak spots or dry rot or anything else nasty.

i hadn’t thought about dry rot. thanks for that heads-up. the balls were stored nicely, but i’ll check regardless. if they’re ok, i think my mom can have them. the color blends would actually work well for quilting and pillow case projects she does.

That’s what I was going to suggest Christopher. A friend of mine is a quilter and she uses embroidery floss OR cotton thread to tie the layers together on her quilts