Sparkle Braid is a tightly twisted 4 strand metallic that is very easy to use. One strand equals about two strands of blending filament. It is an excellent carry along thread to use with cotton and silk flosses. Use two strands for 18 ct needlepoint. It has a wonderful two-tone sparkle that shows up well alone or combined with other threads. Makes beautiful French Knots and twisted cords too.