Saturday, July 10, 2010

Thread Stash


As I posted on our Facebook page, the wonderful blog Sew Mama Sew is having a thread giveaway. GORGEOUS new thread collections by Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler. For a chance to win, you can either post photos of projects you've made using fabrics by these two designers in this Flickr pool, or answer this series of questions about your thread stash.

I often think that I ought to be more mindful about my thread choices and to incorporate thread as a design element more often. So this little list was good food for thought. Here are my answers:

* How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?

My thread collection is not extensive by any means. It was built through making project after project over the last couple of years. If I needed specific thread color to match a certain fabric, I would buy a spool or two. There's often a lot left over. Hence a growing stash!

* Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?

No. I am actually terrible about this. I tend to use white or natural thread for almost everything. If I'm working with a brightly colored fabric, especially if it's plain, I tend to match the thread somewhat.

* Do you ever use contrasting thread?

Yes! I love using contrasting thread for top-stitching. I've done so with horrendous results (such as my red top-stitching on those burp cloths, Angel!), but as I get better with sewing straight lines, I find that using contrasting thread to top-stitch can be quite lovely and enhance the pattern and design.

* Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?

Usually yes. Sometimes, for example if I am making a burp cloth or receiving blanket that have two very different sides, I'll use different colors in the bobbin and upper thread.

* What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?

Like I said earlier, I tend to use white or natural thread for almost everything. In that case, I would probably use natural thread and ease my troubles! I'm all about simplifying.

* Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?

Not really, but I'd love to get some!

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

Oh boy, it's nothing to write home about. My thread stash is not too visually appealing. It's usually crammed, threads all tangled, into a small plastic box. I cleaned my act up for this photo.

Jenny: Thread Stash

The bunch of vintage wooden thread spools I got from my mother-in-law on the other hand is pretty cool, I keep them in a vase as a decorative item in my craft / dining room.

Jenny: Thread Stash

* Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?

I never have, but now that I see these gorgeous thread collections by Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett, I might!

* Do you “invest” in thread?

I recently discovered cotton thread and now try to sew exclusively with that. It's a bit more expensive than polyester thread, but I think it's worth the investment. Most of the stash I've built up is polyester thread, and I'll definitely go through it before I buy cotton thread in those colors.

* What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)

I have all-purpose polyester thread and all-purpose cotton thread. Period! In that vintage bunch, I have seen some silk thread but I'm not sure what I'd use it for. I also found some "extra strong button and carpet" thread in there, it's quite heavy duty. I need to purchase some elastic thread so I have it on hand to experiment on projects involving knits or smocking.

That's it for my answers! I would love to know if some of our readers have answered them as well, please link in the comments so we can find you, or share your thread tips with us!

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