What is Mercerization?
Mercerization is the process of treating cotton thread in a caustic solution (usually sodium hydroxide) under tension, which causes the fibers to swell. Using this process dyes are better able penetrate the fibers. This increases the luster while also strengthening the thread. Mercerized yarns and threads have a silky, vibrant look that sets them apart from non-mercerized materials.
The mercerization process was first discovered by John Mercer 1791-1866. It was patented in 1850 under the name Mercerization.
What are the benefits of 100% Mercerized Cotton Crochet threads for your craft projects?
The main benefit of using 100% mercerized cotton crochet thread is the luster and vibrance you get. For example, look at the image below. You can see how vibrant and silky the rose and eye glass cover look. Both of these items where crocheted with Monaco Cotton Crochet thread.
You can see how the thread has a silky appearance. Unlike non-mercerized material, this thread has a higher luster, deeper color penetration, and color retention than non-mercerized material of similar size. Not only does the thread seem more vibrant it will retain this look for a very long time.
I created these items 2 years ago and they still look new. Specially when compared to a new ball of the same color.
Your projects will look better, be stronger and last much longer than those made with non-mercerized material.
Monaco 100% Mercerized Cotton Crochet Thread
Lyn’s Crafts imports Monaco Crochet thread from Philippines. We are one of the few companies in the US selling Monaco products. Being from the Philippines I was familiar with the brand and have the necessary connections to be able safely import the threads into the US. Your orders are shipped to you from the USA, via USPS, usually arriving in 2 to 3 days.
2 thoughts on “Ever wonder what 100% mercerized cotton means? We have the answer right here.”
Help aunt Lydia’s red when wet went onto white!!! Why did color run????? Ruin doily
No idea. We have never had that happen. Maybe it was a bad dye lot.
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