Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 5 Threads and Embellishments


Good morning fabulous Hoppers! It's week

5 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop and this week my fellow designers and I are talking about thread and embellishments. My personal style doesn't include many embellishments, but I use A LOT of thread and I have some pretty well developed opinions about what I like and how I make thread decisions, so I've decided that thread is the best thing I can offer my opinion on on this week.

With this blog, I'd like to focus on how to choose thread, what to think about when you do, and how to test your thread for your projects, so that you know what the results will be when you add it to your final work.

Let's begin by saying that I love thread and I feel it isn't ridiculous at all to say that I'm fairly addicted to buying it. When I buy a new spool of thread, the first thing I do with it when I get it home is to unroll it over a dark piece of fabric to see what it really looks like on fabric. This is especially important then the thread is variegated.

When I teach free motion quilting I point out to all of my students that every thread company treats variegation differently and knowing how that variegation works from company to company will help you to make decisions about purchases.

The first thing I look for in thread variegation is the length of the color change. Aurifil thread produces a long color change variegation, usually with three colors that change over 24 to 47 inches of space. It's not what you would call a blending thread, but the drama it can create is wonderful and I love what it can do for quilting a dense background fill.

When I have a new example of a thread I think I'm going to like, I like to test it out by quilting a square of fabric, so I can see how the variegation will play out. Here you can see the magenta, white, and blue variegated Aurifil next to a magenta Auriful. I'm sure you'll agree that the long variegation that an Aurifil thread offers is absolutely beautiful, with the potential to create a great deal of opportunities.

Other shorter variegation options also

have their differences and benefits. The blue option pictured here is a King Tut from Superior Threads. King Tut is a shorter variegation with a color change that happens over 5 to 7 inches and usually includes 3 to 4 colors in the change. It is also a regular, patterned color change, meaning that the color change will happen with regularity creating an expectation for the quilter.

Sulky produces a similar short variegation thread called Sulky Blendables, which is pictured just above the King Tut option. The primary difference between the King Tut and the Sulky Blendable is that the Sulky thread is not a patterned repeat. Instead, they use a patented randomized system to create their variegation which means that you might get a repeated color or you might not.

The examples below show a King Tut on the Right and a Sulky Blendable on the Left.