What Is Candlewicking?


Candlewicking originated in the UK and was used in the US and Australia as early as the beginning of the 19th century.

Originally the thread used was the same cotton twist yarn used for candlewicks, hence the name. Early on, women used old sheets and even feed sacks for their embroidery.

Early on, women used old sheets and even feed sacks for their embroidery. Originally the thread used was the same cotton twist yarn used for candlewicks, hence the name. Early on, women used old sheets and even feed sacks for their embroidery.Currently, if we want to stick to tradition, unbleached muslin is the closest fabric to embroider on.

However, any cotton fabric, silk or polysilk may be used. As for threads — you can use thin crochet cotton, DMC coton perlé or the six strand embroidery yarn.

Although traditionally, white or off white thread was used, today, quilters and embroiderers use many different colors.

This quilt was made by a quilter in France. You can see a picture of the whole quilt by following the link: Candlewicking

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