Wednesday Giveaway

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Enter the Wednesday Giveaway for a chance to win A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color & Design by Heather Thomas.

To enter, answer the following question: How do you choose thread colors for embroidery designs?

Post your answer by 10 am ET on Friday. We’ll randomly select and announce the lucky winner by 5 pm ET on Friday. Good luck!


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38 Responses to Wednesday Giveaway

  1. Chris Carter says:

    I choose my thread colours based on how I perceive the design will look finished in my personal colours rather than the recommended colours based on background, intended use and my personal preferences.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I usually start with the guidelines that come with the design but the consider both the threads I have on hand and where and or who is receiving the finished product. For example I might start with a red rose design but change it over to yellow because a friend loves yellow roses.

  3. Keyla says:

    Well I usually go outside of the box and use colors that move me. I rarely use the color choice that is posted with the design. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE variegated threads!! :)

  4. Sandy L says:

    Depends on the design. There are some things just can’t be changed, like the US flag. I consider the background fabric, the contrasting colors, and the taste of the recipient and go from there. I often do a test sample to make sure it’s what I want. Be creative. The sky’s the limit when you do it yourself.

  5. Linda says:

    Based on what I have and the level of the project.

  6. Lisa Blevins says:

    I look at the recommended colors and then open my drawer of thread to see what I have. Most of the time I have to change the recommended colors….HA!

  7. valeriec says:

    A lot has to do with the color of the fabric & I also like to mix it up sometimes

  8. Mary Burroughs says:

    I usually start with what has been recommended and then with what I have. I also like to go with what works best with the background.

  9. Ashley says:

    It depends on the project. Half the time I look at the design and what fabric I am using and just let the fabric help me choose if I want to go traditional or crazy with the colors.

  10. Bonnie Griffith says:

    I choose my thread colors based on what my finished project is. If I’m using the design in a way that will be part of a larger project, then the overall project colors guide my choice. If the design is used as a gift then that guides my choices.

  11. Vickie says:

    I use the suggested color list and my then pull what is closest in my thread, but I also consider the background color in my selection. But times I just go wild and do my own thing.

  12. P says:

    I choose colors based upon the suggested colors for the design, the overall project and the look I’m wanting to obtain for the finished project.

  13. Linda Middlemist says:

    I usually just wing it, using the color i want. Thanks for the chance to win

  14. Henny Arends says:

    I choose my thread colours by what I think may look good with the colours I have on hand.

  15. Pauline Granstrom says:

    I look at the design in my software as well as a photo of the design from where ever I got the design from. Most often I don’t like the colors chosen by the designers. That’s because our fabric colors are going to be totally different. I choose my colors according to the color of my fabric, the design, the density of the design and who I’m making the design for. My thread colors are often chosen as I go along with the design. It’s more fun that way.

  16. Cheryl Nocera says:

    I choose colors that light up, have pizazz and feel right. Very rarely do I use a color wheel, perhaps I should…..

  17. Carol says:

    It totally depends on the design, my mood, and the threads I have on hand! Most importantly it has to appeal to me and look good!

  18. Virginia Frazier says:

    I choose my thread colors by the fabrics I select. I try to give some dimension to the design by making it either darker or lighter, according to fabrics.

  19. Charlotte Brown says:

    Check what I have that is close and then add to that if necessary.

  20. I usually ask my husband. He is very good at picking the right colors.


  21. Michelle Shook says:

    I choose thread colors based on several different things. If it’s for clothing, I choose based upon the other items I want to coordinate with, how the colors excite/lift my spirits and what will just look beautiful there. If it’s a gift, I choose colors I know will appeal to the recipient. If it’s a household item, I choose based upon the room it will be in and how much of a statement I want the item to make.

  22. Mary Ann Hagan says:

    I choose thread colors based on the design, who it is for, and my personal taste. I love the creativity that goes hand in hand with the art of machine embroidery and so many times use different colors to bring a whole new look to the design. And, there are times I don’t have the color recommended in the pattern so I need to improvise. The key is writing it all down for the next time!

  23. jean debalinhard says:

    I tend to choose my colors based on where they are going to be used and what colors I have on hand. I try to keep them as close to the pattern colors as I can though. I would truly like to win this this book and thank you for the chance to do so.

  24. Angie Larsen says:

    I use what I have on hand & improvise!

  25. Beckie says:

    Depending on what the digitizer chooses, I make some changes to fit my needs. I have bought a wide variety of threads: colors, contents, plys, and weights. It’s nice to be able to make choices without an emergency run to a store or online purchase when I have a deadline looming. The book looks very helpful and interesting!

  26. Karen Buck says:

    I tend to choose colors that are realistic to colors found in nature for flowers, borders and scenic embroideries. I also have to make some adjustments if it calls for a thread color I don’t have and can’t find locally.

  27. Rebecca Clayton says:

    I go with what is recommended then I punch it up either with the background fabric or change some thread color to create sparkle.

  28. Nancy Van Deusen says:

    I like to contrast colors of embroideries with background for some eye-catching results.

  29. Janet Bailey says:

    Sometimes I start with the suggested colors and vary them according to the color of my fabric. Sometimes I just start changing them to suit the person who will receive the item.

  30. Linda Vance says:

    I line up the colors that I expect to like for a design as I look at the computer screen design and sequence. I may change my mind as the design evolves on the fabric. I take into consideration who will receive the item and what I know they will or won’t like. The fabric color also has a major impact on thread choice.

  31. Kay says:

    I line them up, ordering the thread based on name recommendations; then, I look at them as a collection to see if I think they “blend” nicely. If I find another shade of a color that works better, I’ll switch individual colors that way. This has worked really well for scenic embroidery that I have done.

  32. kerry o'brien says:

    I usually choose colours that blend in with my choice of fabric colurs and match up as close as possible. I am very particuallar about getting the exact colour just right. My friends always comment on my great choice of thread colours….this makes me feel good knowing I have chosen well.

  33. Judy Dunnigan says:

    I look at the guidelines and then consider my fabric and overall look of project. If there are colors I don’t think will work I change them.

  34. Carol says:

    Depends on the project. And of course the colors I love at the very moment.

  35. Linda Noll says:

    I usually look to where the piece will be used and try to find colors that will highlight something in the room, or something it will be worn with ( if it’s a garment).

  36. Joanne F. says:

    How I choose thread colors for embroidery designs depends on the design, the fabric, the colors recommended, the colors I have and what I think will look good when the design is completed. I usually start by looking at the number of recommended colors and size and complexity of the design. I then take a look at my fabric and try to imagine what the stitched design will look like on that fabric before deciding on the thread colors! Having a print out of the completed design really helps!

  37. Anne Rita says:

    I choose thread based on many things, the colours I have on hand, the one that will suit the fabric and the ones that will make the receivers happy :-)


  38. Debbie M. says:

    I usually choose my fabrics by what is pleasing to the eye, realizing also who the project is intended for!

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