Stitching is a slow and mindful craft. In August of 2019 I started a needlepoint piece using four of the popular Sajou threads collections: Retors du Nord (cotton), Laine St. Pierre (wool/poly blend), Tonkin (metallic/poly blend) and Sajou 100% silk. I wanted to show how these threads worked up on 18 mesh canvas. I used all four strands of the Retors du Nord and Laines St. Pierre. Both threads were a joy to stitch with on 18 mesh. The Tonkin was also a pleasure and only two strands were needed for this gauge.
The silk was tricky. I used two strands of silk for the background areas. Although beautiful and strong, I found the silk caught on itself frequently. I have used the silk in other embroidery projects with greater success and I would not recommend it for needlepoint. It look gorgeous but was difficult to stitch with even though I found ways to counter it's problems.
You can see the Retors du Nord and the Tonkin in the flower area. The Laine St. Pierre fills the pitcher. The silk is worked through the entire background around the flower and pitcher. I love all of the threads and this project was instructive regarding the silk threads. Use the silk for embroidery and cross-stitch. The other threads have a wide range of applications!