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Japanese Kimekomi BOOK


 

Kyo-Temari Thread from Tentemari 

Kyo-Temari thread is a twisted cord thread with a softer, more fluid drape and feel than pearl cotton. It falls between pearl cotton 5 and pearl cotton 8 in size. The thread fiber is 100% cupro (see below) which means it has a deep color presentation and a wonderful luster in comparison to cotton. There are also metallic variations with color options not found in other brands.

Kyo-Temari thread is the same thread shown in many Japanese temari books. It is hard to show exact colors on the computer so if you have Japanese books, it is better to use the color numbers from those or to use the color charts in the backs of the books to choose colors.

Stitching with Kyo can be a challenge for beginning temari makers because of the slippery nature of the thread. Experienced stitchers love the rich colors and sheen and have found that it helps to use the thread doubled in the needle and stitch designs with shorter spans on the ball.

Each card holds 50 meters (54.7 yards) of thread. Compare this to a skein of DMC pearl 5 cotton that has 25 yards.

You can purchase Kyo from Ai in Japan

Cupro – a cellulose fiber made from recovered cotton waste

n.
a: A regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter (the ultrafine, silky fibers that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant after it’s been ginned) that has been dissolved in a solution of ammonia and copper oxide.
b: It is similar to rayon, but breathes and regulates body temperature like cotton.
c: Often used as a silk substitute, cupro is noted for its ability to create beautifully draped clothing, except it can be machine-washed and -dried.
d: A European relative of Tencel, cupro is a hypoallergenic, antistatic fabric that is resistant to stretching out of shape at higher temperatures.
From: http://www.ecouterre.com/cupro-a-cellulose-fiber-made-from-recovered-cotton-waste/

From Trish Harris,
" I was interested in comparing some threads for Temari, so I did what weavers do, use a ruler and wrap thread. Weavers use wraps per inch or WPI, to determine weaving widths. Applying the concept to Temari, I used wraps per centimeter.

WPC. From left to right in the photo, I wrapped KYO, 8/2 Tencel weaving thread, DMC 5, and DMC 8. As said, the KYO falls in between the DMC 5 and 8. It has more luster than the Tencel, but is close.
KYO= 12 WPC
8/2 Tencel = 12WPC
DMC 5 = 8 WPC
DMC 8 = 14 WPC
This is not totally scientific, because there are little grooves on the ruler, but it can be an overall good way to compare thread size."

Regular Kyo-Temari Thread Colors


001 white

018

528

032

522

002 black

028

529

033

523

003

013

015

035

039

004

014

104

534

027

005

524

024

527

513

006

016

520

011

517

009

008

021

515

533

010

530

511

516

518

012

102

023

526

532 cream

026

512

022

106

107

034

020

040

531

108

101

007

030

109

029

103

038

31

521

105

514

519

017

525
 

Metallic Kyo-Temari Thread Colors

These numbers are not same as in Japanese books.
Kyog01, 03, 05 are floss type (01 is thinner, 03 is middle, 05 is thicker).
Kyog12, 14 are whiter gold than 02,04.
Kyog02, 12 are twisted of 2 strands of floss.
Kyog04, 14 are twisted of 4 strands of floss.
Kyo626 is purple lame.
Kyo631 is not only black lame but has blue, red, gold, silver, green.


kyo601
kyo608 kyo627 kyog03 kyog14
kyo603 kyo623 kyo631 kyog04  
kyo606 kyo624 kyog01 kyog05  
kyo607 kyo625 kyog02 kyog12  

Other Kyo Colors


025
gradation array 4-25-12

201
close to 39

202
brighter than 207
(hard to see real color from photo sorry)

203
close to 523

204
close to 7

205
brighter than 206
(hard to see real color from photo.sorry)

206
gradation array 205-206

207
close to emerald green/viridian
gradation array 202-207

208
brighter green than 32
gradation array 208-32-33-35-534

303
gradation array 511-303-40


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