strings for making string art signs

Which threads to use when making string art?

Many of our customers who buy string art patterns ask for string suggestions. So here it goes - the short long version.
In 80% of decors, we use simple mercerized* cotton strings which are also used for crocheting and other similar craft projects. They are easy to use, they don't tangle easily, and have good value for money spent. AAAND the thickness is very fine as well - they are thinner than yarn but thicker than a simple sewing thread. Just in the sweet middle. It is also what we include in all the string art DIY kits we sell. It is hard to pinpoint one special decor that is only made from these kinds of strings as I mentioned at the beginning about 80% of our string art decors are made with cotton threads.
We use different thicknesses depending on the area that needs filing in. If it is a silhouette and area is stand alone, it is totally to use a thread that is on thicker side. 
Anchor string art sign
For detailed and intricate pieces you can use cotton thred that is a bit more on thin side but still not as thin or fragile as sewing thread.
Bee string art sign
*Quick fun fact for trivia nights: Mercerizing is a process of treating cotton thread (and fabric) in a caustic solution under tension, which causes the fibers to swell. This process allows the dye to better penetrate the fibers, thereby increasing the luster while also strengthening the thread.
string art strings threads yarn balls
Simple cotton thread, this is what I would call a small ball of thread.
string art heart example for string art thread color
Comes in a wide variety of shades and thread sizes.
Recently we have started to use polyester threads that are thinner than cotton ones. They have a slight shine to them and look great for pieces that require a tad more sophistication or have smaller details. On the downside - they are super slippery and they tangle super fast.
polyester thread example in making string art signs
Great for smaller areas.
polyester thread example small string art fox
While ones are really thin cotton threads and everything else is polyester.
We are from Latvia and in Latvia we love linen. So once I was in this open-air folk type of a market and bought 100% linen threads, They are a bit thicker than cotton ones but not so thick as embroidery thread, it also does not split so easily. They have this natural vibe to them and they look really cool. However, as they are 100% they don't have this smooth feeling, and what in finished product fees like really cool natural thing can be a pain while making the decor as you have to keep the tension up all the time.

linen thread example in making string art signs
Must say that linen pairs up especially nice with those reclaimed boards.

linen string art sign example
Linen in action - both in the filling and outline.

We also have used embroidery thread but you have to split it otherwise it is too thick and when you start splitting it the chance of it tangling becomes very high (at least for me personally). But one big advantage which I have to give to embroidery threads - the range of colors and color shades available is amazing.
If you have a very specific color in mind you just need to have and no compromises then DMC will have it. Full-stop. We use it in custom orders where the client is very clear about the shade he/she needs and we can not find it as a cotton thread ball.

I do not use yarn nor I would suggest using it for anyone else. In my personal experience, it is way too thick and dust just sticks to it a LOT more than to other threads. If you use it and it works for you - great. It is just not my cup of tea.
Well, this was our long story short. I could go on more and more so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Also, it would mean a world to me if you could check out our digital pattern section and maybe get one for your future string art projects - String Art Patterns

XOXO and happy crafting!

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Hi Desire! Sure, just be ready to do more layers as quilting threads in my experience are quite thin – otherwise should be great!


Can I also use quilting hand thread for string art? I have all of the supplies for a piece at home, including a spool of hand quilting thread and don’t want to buy other thread if it’s not needed.

Desiree Barhorst-Weller

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