Tonkin is a gimped yarn, which signifies that is has a base, in this case a strand of gold lurex, which is encompassed by a polyester thread. This bulk polyester has a slightly puffy aspect. In general a gimped yarn is an assembly of two threads, the outer layer protecting the inner. This operation is carried out on special machines with hollow rods through which the core thread is passed.
Available in 24 colours, this polyester thread contains a fine strand of gold lurex which gives it a touch of class. Unlike other metal-based threads, Tonkin thread is delightful to use because it doesn’t fray whilst embroidering. Tonkin thread is a bulk polyester gimped yarn which gives it a slightly puffed aspect.
Originally, Tonkin thread was produced for industries, notably for professionnal haute couture embroiderers. Available in 24 colours, this polyester thread contains a fine strand of lurex which gives a touch of class. Unlike other metal-based threads, Tonkin thread is delightful to use because it doesn't fray whilst embroidering.
For large or professional projects, the embroidery Tonkin thread is also available in 1 000m cones. Attention: they are on order, delivery times can vary according to colours and quantities. The main advantage of polyester is that it dries quickly, which is why many professionals favour it for making jewellery, especially bracelets.