One Off, No.05 Violet, Speciality Thread Selection, Hand Dyed Cotton and Viscose Thread Selection, Embroidery Threads.


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'One Offs' - A mixed Cotton and Viscose Thread Selection dyed by Oliver Twists.

A gorgeous selection of cotton and viscose threads in various textures and thicknesses in one skein. The skein contains 10 different threads measuring 4m (4.37yds) each - 40m (43.68 yards) in total. These threads have all been dyed together and are variegated in colour along their length.

Colour No. 05 - the overall appearance is purple, but also includes Blue, Cerise, Mulberry, Lilac Blue and many tones in between.

Threads included are as follows:-

FINE COTTON - An Egyptian Cotton Thread,16 weight/2ply, non-divisible, combed and mercerised. This thread has a beautiful sheen and is lovely to work with. One strand of this thread is equivalent to two stands of a 6 stranded cotton.

MEDIUM COTTON - A 6 weight/2ply cotton thread, non-divisible, combed and mercerised. Equivalent to Perle 8 cotton it is a beautiful thread for all kinds of embroidery especially in conjunction with the Fine Cotton for Hardanger Embroidery and Sashiko Quilting.

6 STRANDED COTTON - A six strand 32 weight thread that can be used in any combination of 1 to 6 threads. Combed and mercerised. Beautiful for all forms of stitching, especially cross stitch and canvaswork.

COTTON SLUB - A slightly slubbed yarn, 2.5 NM weight (roughly equivalent to double knitting yarn) useful for stitching texture or couching onto the surface of your embroidery.

10/167 VISCOSE CHAINETTE - A knitted viscose thread approximately 5mm in width. It is knit on 10 needles in a circular fashion and is tubular in construction. It is beautiful for stitching, especially Canvaswork (needlepoint) and it is possible to thread another thread through the middle and rouch it up for extra texture and cord making etc.

6/167 VISCOSE CHAINETTE - A knitted viscose thread approximately 3mm in width. It is wonderful for stitching, especially canvaswork (needlepoint) and tassel making.

4/167 VISCOSE CHAINETTE - A knitted viscose thread approximately 2mm in width. It is beautiful for stitching, especially canvaswork (needlepoint) and tassel making.

3/660 VISCOSE CHAINETTE - A knitted viscose thread knit on 3 needles with a thicker rayon filament than the previous 3 threads. As a consequence the thread is thicker and rounded - more like a cord.

3600/2 VISCOSE CORD - A thin cord like 2ply viscose thread. Wonderful for stitching, especially canvaswork (needlepoint) and tassel making.

80/20 SPARKLE CHAINETTE - A knitted viscose chainette similar in weight to the 4/167 viscose chainette - knit on 4 needles but with a lurex thread running through it. As a general rule warm colours have a gold lurex thread and cold colours have a silver lurex thread.

Occasionally a different thread may be substituted, depending upon availability.

Use all of these threads for embroidery, particularly canvas work, mixed media, tassels, cord making, braids, scrapbooking, card making etc. etc.

"One Offs" are one of our longest standing products. We have been dyeing this variety thread skein for 21 years - it is currently available in 32 colourways.

All our products are dyed in a smoke free and pet free environment.

We thoroughly rinse and scour our products of residual dye, but they cannot be guaranteed colourfast.

We always try to portray our colours as accurately as possible, but please be aware that different monitors display colours in different ways.


We are a VAT registered business.
VAT Registration Number GB 747 0015 55.
Orders from within the UK will include 20% VAT. If you require a VAT invoice please let us know and we will supply one with your order.

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Shipping from United Kingdom

We offer Free Worldwide shipping on orders over £120 which is applied automatically at the checkout.
(exceptions to this are large bulky items such as multiple large bags of silk fibres or 50 metre rolls of cotton scrim. Please ask for quotes for shipping on these items).

We operate a worldwide mail order service and aim to pick pack and dispatch orders within 2 to 5 working days.

We post items Monday - Friday and we do not post on weekends.

We post all items by Royal Mail 2nd class within the UK which takes 1 - 4 working days but could take up to 15 working days to arrive. If the item has still not arrived within 15 workings days please contact us.

For International postage, we use international standard and international signed for services, please allow up to 25 working days for delivery. Most of our international parcels are however, delivered within one to two weeks.

International orders over certain values (this can vary depending on your country) may attract custom fees and/or import charges. This is out of our control and any fees incurred are the buyers responsibility. It is illegal for us to mark the parcel as a gift or sample, unless it is actually a sample (ie. unpaid for).
Please check that what you are purchasing will be allowed through customs in your country, if items are returned to us due to being refused by customs, we will refund the cost of the item, but not the shipping fees.

Prices are changing for Royal Mail parcel products to the USA from 1 July 2020

As a result of exceptional cost increases outside of our control, we are reluctantly introducing pricing changes for parcels being sent to the USA from 1 July. We are limiting the increase to only recover the costs we are experiencing.

These costs are a direct result of:

An increase of more than 100% in the fees the US Postal Service (USPS) charges for the ‘last mile’ delivery of international mail
Securing air freight at inflated market costs due to a 95% reduction in air passenger flights globally following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

If you are in any way unhappy with your purchase please let us know and we will try to rectify the problem.

Some items are sold exactly as seen, others have only a representational photograph (eg Pick and Mix selections). Many of our items are represented using generic images and colours may vary between dye baths. We want you to be pleased with your purchases so please make sure you read our descriptions and shop policies so that you know exactly what you are buying.

If you wish to return an item, please contact us within 14 days of receipt and return within 28 days, unused with original packaging.
Postage is not refunded except where the item is faulty, damaged or not as described.
The cost of the postage for returning the item is the buyers responsibility - we recommend that you use an insured/trackable method of return.

Return address

Oliver Twists Threads Ltd.
37 Ridgeside
Kirk Merrington
County Durham
DL16 7HF
United Kingdom


All our products are dyed in a smoke free and pet free environment.

We thoroughly rinse and scour our products of residual dye, but they cannot be guaranteed colourfast.

We always try to portray our colours as accurately as possible, we colour match our images using an Apple iPad, but please be aware that different monitors display colours differently.

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