Using Specialty Embroidery Thread, With a Twist!

Twist Thread in Farm Buddies by

I tried this unique thread on Bonnie’s Farm Buddies’ cow and loved the result!

Bonnie’s newest release, Farm Buddies, is so darn adorable. Last week, I stitched out the cow design on battilizer and fabric that was already quilted. I fused GlitterFlex over the quilting, continued with embroidery, and it worked quite well.   

Picture of Farm Buddies Cow from

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some tips on how to match thread colors from design stitching charts to brands you may not have. It is not difficult when you think of the colors used in shades (light, medium, dark, etc.). For the Farm Buddies cow, I actually used four different brands of embroidery thread.

Picture of Robison Anton Twister Tweed at

Just for fun, I tried a different kind of thread for the cow’s hair, tail, and ring around his right eye. Instead of a solid, I used a Robison-Anton Twister Tweed in Bear Brown.

With traditional variegated embroidery thread, a single strand changes from one color to another causing a stripe when stitched. Twister Tweed thread is two different colored strands, twisted together to form a dual-color embroidery thread. This gives more of a 3-D effect to your embroidery designs.

Farm Buddies Embroidery With GlitterFlex by

I really like this subtle blending technique and think it would work especially well with any of Bonnie’s animal Buddies sets.

Farm Buddies Embroidery With GlitterFlex by

The subtle shading gives a realistic feel to areas that naturally vary, like fur.

Farm Buddies Embroidery With GlitterFlex by

Unlike variegated thread, whose color changes repeat as often as every inch or less, the tweed effect is different with every stitch, providing a more mottled and less striped pattern.

Consider using specialty threads with your embroidery projects. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results!

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  • Bonnie Welsh - May 27, 2021

    Sandie—Yes we fuse GlitterFlex with an iron. Heat is all you need to make the fuse permanent. =)

  • Sandie Mueller - May 27, 2021

    By fusing? You are meaning with 505, surely not by ironing??

  • Bonnie Welsh - May 25, 2021

    Doreen—Definitely play with those Floriani mixed colors. I think they could look great on florals too!

  • Bonnie Welsh - May 25, 2021

    Bonnie—Yes, definitely give it a try and experiment with your threads. You may find some amazing gems in your thread box.

  • Bonnie Welsh - May 25, 2021

    Susan—I totally agree! Love the look it gave to the design. Debbie is very creative. =)

  • Doreen Warren - May 24, 2021

    I have about 5 spools floriani mixed colors and they’ve been sitting there for about a year and I haven’t even tried using it. Thank you Bonnie for giving me ideas on how to use it.

  • Bonnie Addison - May 24, 2021

    That twist thread really looks good, I will have to think about that. That thread really pops. Thank you Bonnie

  • Susan Brake - May 24, 2021

    Hi Debbie! I love how the design turned out using the RA Twister thread ! <3

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