‘Gimp’ is a thread formed from a central core (polyester) which is smoothly and solidly wrapped in very fine, untwisted 6-thread tram silk (100% silk). The VERY FINE gimp is approximately 0.3mm in diameter. (Please note, these pictures are of the FINE gimp, which is about 0.5mm. The colours are identical.)
For many years, I have been looking for a product which will recreate the texture and feel of the beautifully fine silk gimp used extensively in 17th century stumpwork but would also fulfil the demands of creative embroidery today.
I commissioned this product from the wonderful ‘Heritage Trimmings’ in my home city of Derby. Heritage are specialist passementerie makers, producing tassels and trimmings for famed clients in the UK and beyond, often recreating historical pieces with immense attention to detail. I have worked with this company on various commissions over my career. They have been a delight to work with whilst creating this product over the last few years, producing endless samples with patience and commitment.
I wanted the gimp to have a fluid feel but also to have enough body to produce crisp, characterful stitches. Having tried out the gimp extensively, I know it is fabulous for surface stitching through fabric (using a no.22 or no. 24 chenille needle), for exquisitely crisp needlelace (using a no. 24 or no.22 tapestry needle) and for couching. I was so excited with the final samples that I had to try these on the bus on the way home from the factory!
The gimp is supplied in 5m lengths, on tiny wooden reels which have been made to replicate an antique reel in my collection.
Although individual colours of gimp are on sale, I have been asked to offer a complete range of all the colours as well. This set of Very Fine Silk Gimp consists of 37 reels, and the colours can be seen on the individual Silk Gimp pages.