If you’ve ever been wooed by the various color variations threads like DMC’s new Coloris line on your shopping sprees, you’re not alone. These gorgeous variegated threads can be subtle or striking, and add a lot of beautiful tonality and gradations to your stitching. But they are different to use because of the color variations, so in this tutorial I’ll show you how to best use these threads to really show off their uniqueness.
Color variations threads: Tips for using variegated floss
- Use the English method to stitch with variegated threads to get “solid” colour transitions
- Using a pin stitch to anchor your floss will give smoother colour transitions than using the loop method
- For bigger areas of stitching, you can either:
- work back and forth (vertically or horizontally)
- cut strands of floss starting at the same point in one colour for each row or column of stitching
- Variegated floss works really well for patterns that have single lines of stitching, such as for text or patterns such as the Flowers of Love pattern pictured below. You can download this free pattern by signing up for the free Peacock Lounge, members get access to all the free patterns on the site.