|DMC Colour Variations|
|The moon and boarder from |
"Wizard in a Magical Land"
1. Identify the colour pattern along the thread - variegated threads have a repeated pattern, fading from one colour to the next - sometimes it's hard to identify (depends on how the threads was dyed). Try to cut your length of thread at the end of one of the repeated patterns. This way, when you cut the next length the pattern should be the same and you can continue stitching without a massive jump in colour.
2. Don't double your thread over - as in don't use the loop-start method. You need to keep the two threads together so that the pattern will show up. Use the starting method where you secure the end as you stitch.
4. When you have to start a new length of thread, try to match the colour as much as possible, keeping in mind the ends from starting and finishing off the length
5. Identify if there are any folds, double backs etc in your stitching. For example, when stitching the Breast Cancer Ribbon, the ribbon is meant to look like it folds back over itself. Keep this in mind when stitching and try to follow the direction of the ribbon - stitch around the ribbon as if you were laying it out on the table, rather than just stitching whole rows.
6. Just have a go! Don't be put off - have a go and see what you can come up with. You never know what you might discover.
Looking for a project to try out your new skill? The Breast Cancer Ribbon and Cinderella's New Shoes patterns are designed using variegated threads.
|The Breast Cancer Ribbon jewellery|
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