I’m a huge fan of Nymo, but I was recently introduced to Silamide. After doing a few projects with it, I think I have a good understanding of the pros and cons of each. Here is my analysis:
- It comes on the card already waxed and stretched.
- Silamide is a twisted thread so it’s more like a real thread.
- If used to make twisted fringe, the fringe will stay twisted tight for a long time, whereas if Nymo was used, the twists would eventually fall.
- Since it is a twisted thread, it would un-twist during the course of beading, and I would have two ends. This made it really hard to re-thread the needle.
- Since it is already stretched, I didn’t really have the “give” that I was used to, and it was harder for me to tighten the stitches. They had to be tightened individually.
- Since Nymo is not a twisted fiber, you can pinch the end of the thread to make a flat end. It’s easier to thread the needle this way, and I can usually do it on the first try.
- It’s not hard to wax and stretch it either. I just give it a few tugs, run it through some ordinary candle wax, and I’m good to go.
- It needs to be waxed and stretched.
- It’s not twisted like a thread, it’s made from straight strands that can fray more easily.
I think I will stick with Nymo for now, except in the case of twisted fringe. I’m probably slightly biased towards nymo for two reasons. One, I’m so used to using it, and Silamide wasn’t that much better that I felt I needed to switch. Two, I just bought two huge cones of Nymo!
While testing out these beading threads, I was introduced to One-G by some members in my bead society. I need to use it in several more projects, and I will be posting a review of that thread as well.
What do you think? Which beading thread do you think is best? Please leave a comment and share why your favorite beading thread is the best!