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hand dyed threads

Hand Dyed Embroidery Thread

We are all familiar with classical art, pictures and portraits in oil or water-based paint on canvas and other mediums. The art of hand embroidery dates back to the 3rd and 5th century BC. Hand embroidery paints pictures using a needle and thread painstakingly worked over months and years. Masterpieces contain ribbons, silks, hand dyed threads, beads and other
materials. Each masterpiece contains a multitude of precise stitches lovingly and expertly placed to create depth, intricate detail and intensity. Each piece worked on a variety mediums from clothing fabrics, to linens including jewellery and canvasses. Hand embroidery is done all over the world, it crosses all cultures, all age groups, all religions and all genders.

About Our Company

Dyeing is the process of adding colour to yarns, also an age old skill. At Chameleon we have been producing hand dyed  embroidery threads to cater for this; (hand embroidery) specific art form for more than 15 years. Each thread is available in single colour or in unique variegated skeins, in stranded cottons, perle and silks. Chameleon make use of DMC base
products for all our cottons, perle and rayon threads and Alger and Paris from Au Ver a Soie for our silk threads.


Chameleon recently moved to larger premises in Johannesburg, and has set up a studio and dying workshop near OR Thambo airport. This enables us to distribute our beautiful threads all round the world.


Hand dying threads take time and skill to produce. At Chameleon we aim to have consistent colour batches but due to the hand dyeing process colours can vary. See our full range of colours and threads in our catalogue page. When ordering Chameleon threads please ensure you order sufficient quantities to complete your unique masterpiece (project).


At Chameleon our family run business supports you the artist by providing unique beautifully crafted had dyed threads to create masterpieces world wide.


Chameleon Threads is made by Artists for Artists, so we will gladly have a chat to assist you with the planning and colour selection on your masterpieces.