Au Ver a Soie, Soie d'Alger is a stranded Spun silk with 7 plies, which are easily divided. Soft, lustrous and smooth, it is made from a spun silk called "strusas" which gives it unrivaled regularity for hand embroidery. It does not come from Algeria, the name "Alger" refers to a specialized domestic manufacturing process. Made continuously by the same firm since the late 19th century for hand embroidery. Skein dyed in the traditional method to guarantee even, consistent coloration. Great care is taken to ensure this product is properly made. Thread Applications - Soie d'Alger is perfect for cross stitch and hand embroidery on linen. It is particularly nice to use in contrast with Soie Perlee in the same design---one thread having a high sheen, the other a soft luster. - Soie d'Alger is durable for canvas work. Does not pill. - All seven plies cover tent stitch on 13 mesh. - Soie d'Alger makes the most beautiful cording and tassels for needlework finishing.