September 20, 2013
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Much like pigments of the master painters, threads create pallettes for machine embroiderers. Most of the time, we use industry standards (rayon, silk, cotton, polyester) in single colors. It's time to expand our creativity.
A multitude of variegated threads are now available in several fibers. Colors change from every inch to every five inches, making them useful for embroidery fills and quilting topstitches. Variegation is not only in color shift (yellow to orange to red) but also in tone (shades of green).
Some of the most innovative uses of variegated threads I have seen are in designs created by Julie Hesketh of DesignsByJuJu.com. She uses variegated threads for applique satin stitches and has given me permission to share them with you.
Because of their subtle shading, variegated threads work beautifully with designs depicting nature. The bird on the left uses variegated thread in the branch and wing. Another thing I love about this design is the fussy cutting placement used in the head and wing appliques. The fabric designs complement the shapes for which they were used: swirls around the eye and paisley for the wing. The blue variegated thread around the birdhouse roof adds such dimension it almost looks like they are fabric strips pieced along the top and scallops. With the bird on the right, the variegated threads match so perfectly that they appear as part of the fabric print.
The outline of the cupcake icing below blends with other applique fabrics used. Simple red, white and blue is perfect for the flag heart while a combination of colors in the shamrock satin stitching pull from the fabric colors, and it works!
Even something as simple as an alphabet can benefit from the added shading of variegated threads.
Get your color on and see what you can create!
Exquisite Medley Variegated 40 Wt Poly - 1,000 Meters Thread
Exquisite Medley Variegated 40 Wt Poly - 5,000 Meters Thread
Isacord Gift Tin - Variegated (12 Spools)