Wednesday, 1 August 2012
One offs sorted -- and why mixed skeins are a fab challenge
In this post I showed the above Oliver Twist One Offs that I recently bought for an embroidery project (has I haven't begun yet as I'm doing two bead projects at the moment). As it was the first skein of that brand I've ever bought, I wanted to take a closer look at the different threads in it so I sorted them up.
It really is an interesting mix of threads. Some feels perfect for jewellery (like the heavy twisted rayons on the right) and they all complement each other -- and it includes and thin embroidery or sewing thread, which I like as it can be used for couching the other threads.
Sorting threads like this also makes you see just how different a colour looks depending on the fiber it's used on. The shiny rayon threads makes the colours seem more saturated and deep while the matte cottons give the colour a slightly more earthy and soft tone.
If you want to see a (somewhat blurry) close-up of the thread, click the pic below.
There are sets of mixed fibres that you can buy on with the threads seperately wrapped on a card (like this), but I must say that often it can be much more inspiring with mixed skeins as the one above. Seeing the different threads mixed up really shows just how effective it is to mix textures (and materials) when working with fibre. Buying a mix can challenge you to use thread types you hadn't otherwise considered buying -- and if you haven't worked with fibre before, but are toying with the idea, a mixed skein might be just what you need to get started.
Maybe it could be a fun design challenge to do together? Everyone buys a mixed skein (free choice of brand, e.g. Oliver Twists One Offs, Stef Francis Texture Collection, Tentakulum Cocktails, Les Designs Creative Threads Pack -- there are many to choose from) and makes a piece of jewellery or beadwork with it.