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.
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.
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.
I really like this subtle blending technique and think it would work especially well with any of Bonnie’s animal Buddies sets.
The subtle shading gives a realistic feel to areas that naturally vary, like fur.
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!