Handpainted Fibers & Textiles

Painter's Threads Care Symbols

Germany’s House of Textile Arts (formerly known as Tentakulum) is famous for their Painter’s Threads: handpainted and space dyed textile materials created from silk, cotton, wool, rayon and metallics. Most products are named for famous artists (list below) who inspired the vibrant, saturated color choices. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Do not wash cold or lukewarm (suggested wash in the washing machine at 104 degrees Fahrenheit). Do not iron with steam, spray or starch. While the fiber reactive dyes used feature high color fastness, as with all hand-dyed products, color fastness cannot be guaranteed. Visit the House of Textile Arts website for complete care instructions (in English). You may also enjoy this a “deep dive” into the Painter’s Threads dyeing process and how colors vary.
     Work with one colorway while varying color and texture, or combine two or more collections — all work with one another to produce a beautifully colored surface for any type of fiber or mixed media work. We recommend hand-stitching with Tulip Brand needles.

Braided Cotton ribbon by Tentakulum

Braided Cotton Floss
This softly braided ribbon is made of organically grown cotton (previously known as Ribbon Floss) — 40 colors, pictured, Turner (top) and Georgia

Braided Metallic Painters Thread by Tentakulum

Braided Metallic
Painters Thread, two sizes: #4 and #8

Small band of braided metallic threads — 40 colors, pictured, Grandma Moses #8 (top) and Syringa #4

Crewel Wool by Tentakulum

Crewel Wool
A 2-ply, combed, non-strandable 100% lambs wool — 40 colors, examples pictured

Stranded Cotton Embroidery Floss by Tentakulum

Embroidery Floss
Stranded Cotton Embroidery Floss is a 6-ply strandable thread (also known as mouline) with a wonderful luster — 40 colors, pictured, Island

Evenweave Linen by Tentakulum

Evenweave Linen
100% Linen is 28 ct Evenweave Fabric — 40 colors, several examples here

Tentakulum Eyelash Silk in Kirchner

Eyelash Silk
Silk Eyelash is a handpainted 100% silk fabric strip full of frayed texture — 40 colors, pictured, Kirchner

Tentakulum Flower Thread

Flower Thread
Spun from plain cotton, Flower Thread has a matte finish (no mercerization) — 40 colors, examples above

Tentakulum Gimpe in Gabriele

Gimpe, composed of rayon thread wrapped around a cotton core can be couched, knotted & more — 40 colors, pictured, Gabriele

Pearl Cotton by Tentakulum

Pearl Cotton
Available in multiple sizes — #3, #5, #8 and #12 — each in 40 colors, examples above

Tentakulum Ric Rac in Macke

Ric Rac
Rayon trim with silver metallic woven in, approximately 3/8 in. wide — 40 colors, pictured, Macke

Shimmer Floss by Tentakulum

Shimmer Floss
Softly braided blend of rayon and metallic fibers that can be used for any type of ribbon embroidery — 40 colors, pictured, Rousseau (top) and Niki

Tentakalum Silk Cocoons

Silk Cocoons
Package of 30 cocoons, assorted vivid hand dyed colors

Tentakulum Silk Ribbon

Silk Ribbon
Wonderful for ribbon embroidery! Two widths, 4 mm and
7 mm — 40 colors, pictured, Kandinsky, 7mm

Single Loop Trim by Tentakulum

Single Loop Trim
Rayon Gimpe threads form this loop trim, approximately 1/4 in. wide: perfect as a decorative edging, dimensional element and more — 40 colors, pictured, Matisse

Snail Trim by Tentakulum

Snail Trim
Rayon and Metallic gimp threads create this beautiful trim, approximately 1/2 in. wide — 40 colors, pictured, Picasso

Tentakulum's Soie d’Alger spun silk thread

Soie d’Alger
Soie d’Alger is a spun silk 7 ply stranded fiber with a matte shimmer — 40 colors, pictured, Frida

Hand painted & dyed buttons and beads from Tentakulum

Painters Threads Notions
Painters Treats, buttons and beads — wonderful embellishments for fiber art & garments

Each Painter’s Thread stitching fiber or textile is unique... although the painting process is the same for each pack, the color reveals itself differently on silk, cotton, wool and rayon materials — allowing the artist to vary color and texture while working with a single color, or to combine differently colored collections or products and still achieve a beautifully blended result. Painter’s Threads can be used in counted thread work, crocheting, embroidery, knitting, lace making, patchwork, quilting, spinning and weaving — and are wonderful for use in any mixed media work!

Tentakalum Color Numbers/Names

101 Macke (August Macke)
102 Kandinsky (Wassily Kandinsky)
103 Klee (Paul Klee)
104 Monet (Claude Monet)
105 Gauguin (Paul Gauguin)
106 Klimt (Gustav Klimt)
107 VanGogh (Vincent Van Gogh)
108 Rousseau (Henri Rousseau)
109 Picasso (Pablo Picasso)
110 Chagall (Marc Chagall)
111 Frida (Frida Kahlo)

112 Georgia (Georgia O’Keefe)
113 Hopper (Edward Hopper)
114 Lawrence (Jacob Lawrence)
115 GrandmaMoses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses)
116 Renoir (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
117 Niki (Niki de Saint Phalle)
118 MaryC (Mary Cassatt)
119 Gabriele (Gabriele Münter)
120 Boucher (Francois Boucher)
121 Cezanne (Paul Cezanne)

122 Marianne (Marianne von Werefkin)
123 Wilhelmina (Wilhelmina Barns-Graham)
124 Turner (William Turner)
125 Matisse (Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse)
126 Kirchner (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner)
127 Waterhouse (John William Waterhouse)
128 Marc (Franz Marc)
129 Friedrich (Caspar Friedrich)
130 IngeMeta (named for Bärbel Ingeborg Zimber’s mother, in honor of her 80th birthday)

Painter’s Threads also created 10 pale colorways in response to customer requests, giving you 40 beautiful colors in total!