If you are buying thread, especially ordering it online, there
is no better resource than an actual sample card.
Unless you are fortunate enough to have an embroidery,
quilting, or fabric store close by, you probably need to order embroidery thread
online. There are plenty of color charts available online that you can download
and print. The problem? The colors are far from accurate.
Web and screen images are RGB (red, green, blue) format.
Print images are CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black). The same color chart will
look differently on screen (RGB) than it does printed on paper (CMYK), simply
because of the process.
Even the same on-screen chart can look different on
different computer monitors. The variety of color printers further adds to the
many different color versions of the same printed chart. That makes matching
exact thread colors to fabric or embroidery a guessing game unless you have color
cards of actual thread samples.
thread has a card featuring samples of every color in the brand.
Madeira has a color
card box with thread samples for Classic Rayon, Polyneon, Burmilana/BurmilanaCO, Supertwist #30
, and Frosted Matt. Some are available separately also.
Actual thread sample color cards are one of the best investments you can make. Unless you are buying thread colors recommended by the embroidery design manufacturer, having an actual thread sample card is the
only way to know what you are actually getting.