Guide to Using Overdyed Threads

Working with overdyed floss is a fun experience. Because the threads are hand-dyed in small amounts, there may be colour and shade variations from one dye lot to another, and part of the excitement of working with these threads is that no two stitched pieces will look the same. Experimenting with overdyed floss is exciting – sometimes just one overdyed colour can add depth and variety to a piece, and in many cases an entire piece looks terrific worked exclusively with overdyed threads.

Threads such as Weeks Dye Works, Caron threads, the Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Simply Shaker Threads have subtle colour changes, and it is possible to cross stitch the Danish method (working a row of half crosses out in one direction, then working the top half of the cross stitches on the return trip). Working an area in this method will give a more mottled appearance. For a ‘clearer’ look, work by crossing each stitch as you go. This second method will tend to leave the thread colour variations in a more striped or patched look.

For plants and trees, it is recommended to work the stitches in vertical rather than horizontal rows. This makes the plant or tree trunk look like it is growing up as nature intended.

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