Monday, July 12, 2010

Thread Giveaway

Have you heard about the lovely giveaway over at Sew Mama Sew? Oh, they have beautiful new thread collections from Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett. Such vibrant colors; what I would do to win...

In the interest of sharing and trying to win some of those gems, allow me to share my stash with you.

How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?

I buy thread like I buy fabric - I see a color that I'm drawn to and I buy it. Nine times out of 10, I'm drawn to the same colors in thread as I am in fabric and I make a match.

Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
Perfectly? No. I get close, but I don't go bananas trying to get an exact match. If the color is close (even if it's not perfect), I'll use whatever I have in my stash. If I don't have anything close, I'll buy something specific for a project, in which case I try to match exactly.

Do you ever use contrasting thread?
Never have, but I'd like to one day. It would be a bold move for my sensibilities.

Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
Usually, but if I run out and I have something close, I'll use it. Don't tell anyone, but the quilt that I'm working on right now has a bobbin in a different color. Oops - poor planning on my part.

What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
Um, white, maybe. Or something close to the main color of the quilt, even if there are a variety of colors.

Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
I recently read a very interesting post by Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! about thread. I was having lots of problems with my free motion quilting and couldn't figure out why the back of my stitches were so wonky. I tried adjusting my tension, new needles - everything, but to no avail. At her suggestion, I bought some new thread, changing out my Gutermann for some Coats and Clark and some Mettler, both of which are working great in my machine. The point of her post was that sometimes you just need to try something new if you've exhausted all of your avenues and are still having problems with your sewing, even if you *think* you love your current thread.

Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?

Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
Totally. If I see something I like, I buy it. There's usually a reason that I'm drawn to something.

Do you “invest” in thread?
Kinda. I tend to load up when JoAnn's has a sale - always lots of white for piecing and dress making and colors that I know I'm running low on. But all-in-all, my stash is pretty small.

What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
I keep lots of elastic thread on hand - I'm a big fan of shirring (visit Sandi Henderson's site for a great tutorial). I don't keep anything else on hand.


Abbybeth said...

What kind/brand of box are you using for your thread storage? It looks like it holds more while being relatively compact compared to what I currently have.

Chicken Julie said...

@Abbybeth: The bottom says "Iris Ohyama" which apparently is the brand name.

I think I got it at JoAnn's a while back. The top trays will hold the little Gutermanns and the bottom will hold Gutermann up to 500m. I have some smaller sized Coats and Clark in the bottom, too, but it really is perfectly sized for Gutermann.