Yes, this silk thread is just as beautiful and shimmering as it looks. It’s also a dream to work with when hand basting because it’s so slippery, making it really easy to remove.
But the company who produced it don’t make it any more.
There’s an interesting insight into Belding Corticelli and the thread here.
Even though this thread is no longer manufactured, you can still get hold of it at Fahrenheit Vintage. This vendor has lots and lots of really lovely silk thread. Don’t click on the link unless you want to part with some money! But I really recommend that you part with some money. Not only is this thread useful, it’s a piece of history and an object of beauty. William Morris would approve:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
This thread is both.