All the solid colors of cotton thread go on wall thread racks because they’re used the most; the rest is used less often and goes in drawers.
As I sorted the cottons by color, I realized there was a lot to learn from this exercise.
• When all the tints, tones and shades of one color are together, you can see how they relate to each other. You can see that pink is just red watered down by adding white,
and that Williamsburg blue has been altered from basic blue by the addition of gray.
• When the spools are grouped by color, it’s a good reminder of how many variations there are. Look at the greens—it’s like a whole forest right there! Don’t get stuck on one variation. Use many.
• It’s interesting that generally, all the spools of one color look great together. This tells me that if you threw all your purple fabrics (yes, the pinkish ones and the blue-ish ones, too) together in one quilt, they’d be smashing.
• Surely each of us would have varying amounts of each color. I can’t help but wonder why I have five times more reds than yellows. Note to self: buy more yellow thread.
• Neutrals are a whole species unto themselves. Remember when you were a kid and you mixed too many colors from your paintbox? You’d always get brown. Brown is a moosh of lots of colors, black is the absence of color and white is all the colors mixed together equally. I do have a few colors in my neutral pile too, because I’ve learned that flesh tones and some golds will disappear on almost any fabric.
Try sorting your threads by color and see what you can learn.
Then leave a comment here and tell us about it by midnight Monday, August 8 and we’ll pick a random winner to receive a sampler of threads compliments of Quiltmaker. The winner of a sampler of threads is Myra Sattler from Herndon, Kansas. Congratulations to Myra, and many thanks for all of your great comments! Look for more great giveaways here on Quilty Pleasures.
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