C-Lon® beading thread is a UV-resistant nylon polymer thread similar to Nymo. C-Lon is strong, lightweight and durable. It feels like silk and has the drape and ease of Nymo, but with the durability of Fireline or other monofilament products. It has almost no stretch and can be used for many different purposes including loom warping and weaving, peyote stitch, netting, or any other multi-pass bead stitches. With its glossy finish and rich colors, it will hold up well over time and not break down due to needle or bead abrasion as fast as other threads. C-Lon thread is color-fast. No need to use beeswax or Thread Heaven with C-Lon.
C-Lon® Size D thread (similar to Nymo D) is suitable for use with Delicas, 11/0s, 10/0s, or larger beads. Use with #10 or #12 English beading needles.
C-Lon® D Thread is available in 36 colors at Let's Bead!
Made of non-twisted filament, Nymo is a .30mm lightly pre-waxed nylon thread. The thread tends to fray if you work the same piece for too long, but it is reasonably strong, and the pre-waxed element of it means that it slides through fabric or beads quite well. It is primarily made for light-weight beads. It can be doubled, but even then, it should not be used with heavier beads.
Nymo sizes B [72yd bobbins] and D [64yd bobbins] are available in 20 colors at Let's Bead!
SoNo Beading Thread is a cross between Nymo and Silamide. It was designed for beadworkers by master beader Sonoko Nozue. This nylon thread is strong enough that it does not require doubling, and is difficult to pierce because it does not shread. Tangling is minimized because it does not cling. Manufactured in Japan, it is available in 5 colors on 110 yard spools.
SoNo is available in all 5 colors at Let’s Bead!
K.O. beading thread is a single-ply, parallel filament nylon thread that is supple, fray-resistant, tangle-resistant, colorfast, very strong, can be knotted tightly, and is preconditioned. It has a flat profile and works beautifully with all off-loom bead weaving stitches and bead embroidery. The fibers of the cut end stay together, making it easy to thread on any size needle. Its smooth, hard surface - which has a slightly shiny finish - makes splitting with the needle point difficult and allows several passes through small hole beads. Like other nylon threads, K.O. can be cut and burned with a thread burner. The size is comparable to Nymo B. Manufactured in Japan, it is available in 18 colors on 55 yard spools.
K.O .is available in all 12 colors at Let’s Bead!
Gudebrod Silk is a smooth, twisted, colorfast 3-ply thread made of natural silk in sizes 00 to FFF. The 100% silk ply of Gudebrod provides a high-quality lustrous finish and a graceful drape. Gudebrod stretches, so protect the clasp area from the wear and tear of the findings by using bullion/gimp/French wire. Over time, oils from the skin and cosmetics can weaken silk, so jewelry should be checked and restrung as necessary, usually every few years.
A wide variety of colors of Gudebrod Silk are available at Let's Bead!
Fireline is a synthetic beading thread made of gel-spun polyethylene material that is very strong. Use Fireline in place of Nymo or Silamide for sharp-edged beads. It is excellent for woven projects, either on or off loom and is relatively resistant to abrasion. The short tail of the thread has a tendency to wrap itself around the working end, causing tangling and knotting. Minimize tangling by keeping the tail end as short as possible (less than 2 inches) and using Thread Heaven conditioner. Secure with knots, not crimps. Fireline is available in sizes 4, 6 and 8lb test strength in Crystal, Smoke.
Gutermann Heavy Duty thread is a must for bead crochet projects. Gutterman is strong enough to withstand many years of wear in bracelets or necklaces, and is available in a wide variety of colors.