Thread Thursday - Pepper Pot Silk

Thread Thursday - Pepper Pot Silk




Pepper Pot Silk distributed by Planet Earth Fiber, is a single strand, 100% silk fiber, and currently, there are 266 different colors.{1} According to their site, Pepper Pot Silk is suitable for 18 and 13 mesh canvas {1}, but most stitchers (including us) find it's best on 18 mesh canvas.


Pepper Pot Silk is sold in skeins (30 yards) and will cover approximately 20 square inches of canvas. {2} Of note: Pepper Pot Silk has 2 types of silk thread - regular and variegated. 


Pepper Pot Silk is single ply, which means it is only made up of one single thread. So to stitch, you can cut a single thread from the skein and immediately begin stitching with that thread.


Pepper Pot Silk is subject to dye lots, meaning the thread is dyed in batches. Some colors can vary widely from dye lot to dye lot, and using two skeins from different dye lots can cause a noticeable color difference on your canvas (especially if you're stitching a large continuous area). If this doesn't bother you, or you have two skeins that look pretty close and don't present a noticeable color difference, then no need to worry! But you do want to make sure your canvas looks consistent, then it is important to take note of the dye lot when purchasing the thread (especially if you are purchasing multiple skeins) and it is important to keep the tag with the thread, in case you need to reference it later. 


This thread is only available to purchase through a vendor (you cannot directly purchase from Planet Earth Fiber), which can make the price a bit variable. Fortunately, we found a lot of stores selling Pepper Pot online, and I'm sure there are more selling in store as well, which is great! As noted on 6/3/2023, we found it priced between $6.00-$7.00 per skein via various online needlepoint stores. {3-9}  (Please note, this was a non-exhaustive search. This is only to provide a few of the vendors who sell Pepper Pot Silk online and to provide a general idea of the cost of a skein. We recommend searching on your own/visiting your local needlepoint store.)


What are other stitchers saying about this thread? 

Very excited to have this be the first thread that we received feedback on from you guys! Lauren wrote to us that, 

"I love using pepper pot  for the smoothness it provides while stitching but also offers a really great true color match and is a good option if your wanting a brighter color and sleek tight look for your stitching."

-Lauren R.

Pepper Pot is a personal favorite of mine - like Lauren, I love the sleek look and array of colors that Pepper Pot provides. I personally love stitching decorative stitches on 18 mesh canvas with it, but it is also lovely to just basketweave with as well. 


Below are some examples of pieces stitched with Pepper Pot Silk, including some that were stitched by you! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us, we absolutely getting to show it off! 



Canvas: Climber by Fire and Iris
Thread: Pepper Pot Silk
18 Mesh Canvas
Stitched by Lauren R.


Canvas: Camp Round by Fire and Iris
Thread: Pepper Pot Silk
18 Mesh Canvas
Stitched by Lauren R.


Canvas: Sleigh Ride by Fire and Iris
Thread: Pepper Pot Silk
18 Mesh Canvas


Canvas: Freak by Fire and Iris
Thread: Pepper Pot Silk
18 Mesh Canvas



1. Planet Earth Silk. Planet Earth Fiber. Accessed June 3, 2024

2. Needlework Thread Information. Needlepoint Joint. Accessed July 24, 2023

3. Pepper Pot Silk. West Village Knit and Needle. Accessed June 3, 2024

4. Pepper Pot Silk. KC Needlepoint. Accessed June 3, 2024

5. Pepper Pot Silk. Penny Linn Designs. Accessed June 3, 2024

6. Pepper Pot Silk by Planet Earth Fibers. Annie and Co. Accessed June 3, 2024

 7. Nashville Needleworks. Accessed June 3, 2024

8. Needle Nook of La Jolla. Accessed June 3, 2024

9. Pepper Pot Silk Threads. Needlepoint Junction. Accessed June 3, 2024

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