Dewhurst’s Sylko Thread Colours

Dewhurst & Son’s produced the Sylko range of machine twist cotton, perhaps the most popular range of cottons used in the UK.

The iconic cotton reel label is instantly recognisable as a symbol of quality and the wonderful colours and evocative names given to the threads mean that there are plenty of vintage and haberdashery enthusiasts who now collect the original cotton reels.

There were around 500 colours produced, originally on wooden bobbins (through to the 1960’s) and then on plastic ones (in the 70’s and 80’s). We only own a fraction of these but thought it would be worthwhile to illustrate these as a list for other collectors. This list concentrates on the bobbins produced up to the early 80’s as we don’t collect the very last types with a barcode on.

Please see our other page for information on dating different Silko reels.

We have a number of Sylko and other vintage cotton reels available on RetroSpectro, please check here.

Thread Numbers/Colours
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