Choosing a name for our embroidery floss when we created it in 2009 was a delicate affair. The name had to reflect the product without being too complicated. As usual in this type of case, I plunged into my collection of vintage haberdashery and came up with the name "retors". In French, this is a synonym of "mouliné", a term already used by DMC, meaning twisted. As it is made in the region known as "Nord", the name became an evidence.
After relatively few years of existance, this thread is more and more appreciated and the name has been adopted by embroiderers as if it has always existed.Our Museums and Heritage collection uses Retors du Nord embroidery floss.
Our embroidery floss Retors du Nord is presented on cards which makes it a pleasure to use and much easier to store. The other benefit: the end of jumbled unusable balls of thread. Retors du Nord is made of 4 separable strands. It is slightly finer than other brands with a delightful sheen which slides with ease through your embroidery fabric.
For ecological reasons, our Retors du Nord embroidery floss is not colourfast. To make a thread colourfast involves using highly polluting treatments, which are in our opinion, totally unjustified for embroidery purposes. However, it can be washed up to 40° - just be careful never to use boiling water or bleach.
We attach great importance to the quality of our products and also their presentation. We know that dressmakers and embroiderers organise their workshops with care and attention, which is why we propose our thread display cases which are normally reserved for professional use.
For embroidery professionals or large projects, our Retors du Nord embroidery thread is available on 1,000 metre cones. This format is also used in embroidery schools and weaving studios.