Stitching with Multi-colored threads, Part 4 (conclusion)

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Geometric Stitching (Hardanger, etc.) Techniques

Some of the same principles apply to stitching geometric-type designs, for example, any type of satin stitch.

For the example in Figure 12 (the chart is figure 13), I used one strand of Caron Wildflowers in the Nefertiti color, with the graph to the right (each grid line represents one thread of the fabric. This design works better on a linen fabric or other evenweave than on aida.)


Play around with this one. Don’t be afraid to cut colors out of your threads. In the example in Figure 11 (last post), I did just this in several places around the outside “petals”. I wanted them green, and durn it, they were going to be green! (or entirely pink, for that matter…) On the other hand, I’m generally lazy when it comes to starting and ending threads, so they aren’t entirely green!

You can get completely different looks from the same color of thread by stitching the color in a different location on the chart.

Using a different color or type of thread to stitch the design will give you a completely different effect. It’s always amazing to me the difference that stitching the same design with Tropics instead of Nefertiti creates.


This article is just an introduction to some of the effects you can achieve with this type of thread. Each different type of multicolored thread, whether the evenly spaced variegated floss, or the random overdyed types has its own peculiarities. In a stranded thread, each strand will have the same color changes, so if you need a mirror effect, keep this in mind if you are using a randomly dyed thread.

The more colors there are in the thread, the more bizarre the “blended thread” techniques can look. But this might be just the effect you need. Remember to keep experimenting. Even the most expensive threads are relatively inexpensive when considered individually. The amount of pleasure gained from learning their tendencies becomes worth the cost when you create a project that is truly your own.

I hope this small discussion has made you more aware of the possibilities multi-colored threads have for your stitching. Remember, when you’re stitching, you always have the last word as to how your piece looks. If you like it, it’s right!

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3 Responses to Stitching with Multi-colored threads, Part 4 (conclusion)

  1. Romilly
    It is interesting – I didn’t think about which way I stitched until I read this and I use the Danish method – seems the more intuitive to me, I guess. Alos interesting to read what you have to say about using multicoloured threads – also intuitive to me. As a weaver I occasionally use spacedyed threads for warp and to prevent a ‘smattered ‘ effect it is usually necessary to waste some yarn at the beginning of each bout. It then can give an interesting ‘ikated’ effect. Isn’t colour wonderful? thankyou for all this detail

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