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In the world of crafting and needlework, choosing the right materials can make all the difference in your finished project, and how much fun you have while making it. At Zollie, we’re obsessed with using 100% high-quality yarns made from natural fibers in everything we make, and that means our go-to for embroidery and cross stitch projects is our wool yarn, Array.
Our sister company Gist Yarn originally designed Array for tapestry weaving, and Array has become widely embraced by the tapestry weaving community since its launch in 2021. Discovering that Array is also a lovely thread for needlework was one of the reasons we decided to create Zollie’s Beginner Cross Stitch and Embroidery Kits, and we’re excited to see needlework artists starting to embrace Array as well.
Whether you're a seasoned stitcher exploring new materials and curious about wool, or a newbie wondering what to choose to start your journey with embroidery, cross stitch, or needlework, here are four reasons you’re going to love Array Wool.
1. Array wool adds depth and dimension to your work.
Array wool adds a tactile element that elevates the artwork, creating a three-dimensional effect. The natural crimp of wool fibers lends depth to your stitches, making your embroidered designs come to life with a cozy and inviting touch.
Wool thread adapts well to various stitching techniques, offering versatility for both beginners and experienced stitchers. Whether you prefer the precision of satin stitches, the texture of French knots, or the intricacy of cross stitch, wool yarn accommodates a wide range of techniques, allowing you to explore and experiment with different styles.
2. Stitching with Array Wool gives you endless color possibilities.
The natural fibers of wool absorb dyes exceptionally well, resulting in rich and vibrant hues. Array wool thread comes in a large range of colors, and each color comes in four to six shades ranging from darkest to lightest. We designed Array this way to allow for endless color blending options. You can use multiple shades of the same hue as you are embroidering or cross stitching with wool to create a piece with subtle shifts of color across the surface.
3. Array Wool tubes include much more yarn than other options.
Many types of yarn for cross stitch and embroidery are sold on skeins of 12-18 yards. The skeins can get tangled as you unstrand the yarn, and you risk running out in the middle of your project.
We do things differently around here! A tube of Array wool has 210 yards, which is 15 times more yarn than most other options available. As you add to your Array collection with each new project, you’ll have plenty of yarn left over from previous projects to continue working with.
We also hear from many makers that they are inspired by just looking at their Array collection! The tubes of yarn look beautiful standing up on a shelf, giving you new creative ideas for color combinations to try.
4. Array wool is grown, spun, and dyed in the USA
We are deeply proud of how we make Array yarn, and the care and attention that goes into each and every batch. We source high quality wool from ranches in the American West, and spin and dye it in small batches in North Carolina. Every batch is carefully checked for color accuracy, and we use the highest quality dyes which won’t bleed or fade.
In a world of mass production of craft products, we offer something remarkably different—small batch yarn, made slowly with love and attention going into every step along the way. When you invest your time and effort into stitching with Array wool, you're creating a piece that will retain their color and quality for future generations.
Ready to try out Array?
If you’re already a stitcher, try our curated color palettes! If you’re new to stitching, we recommend trying out our Beginner Cross Stitch Kit or Beginner Embroidery Kit, which both contain beautiful tubes of Array along with everything you need to get started on your stitching adventure.
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