‘Thread Spools’ is my newest blackwork embroidery pattern. I thought it was very apt that I design an embroidery pattern based on thread spools. After all, how far can one go with hand embroidery and patchwork/quilting without thread? Well, we can think about it, get some fabrics and ideas together and we can even cut lots of pieces of fabric to see back together again to make a quilt:) But, without our threads, that is about as far as we can go.
…. and Yes, I do have a confession to make. I do have a rather healthy stash of hand embroidery and machine threads. Oh… and it goes without saying that I also have a healthy stash of quilting fabrics. There, true confessions finished, done and dusted 🙂
Do I have to stitch the pattern exactly as it is?
Yes or No, it is up to you. Each of the spools of thread in this design feature a different filler pattern. Some are simple, some are more complex.
You can vary the pattern in many ways to make it truly your own. Here are a few suggestions. You can choose to work the pattern completely as is or you can swap the patterns around. Why not choose your own colours? If you love one particular pattern, you could simply use that pattern in all the thread spools. Perhaps you have a few favourite filler patterns and a few colours that you love. Why not create rows or columns of the same colour spools of thread in different patterns? You don’t need to stitch the design on white fabric, choose another colour of fabric. Dont stitch the background at all. Want a larger project? Add another row/s of spools. Need something a little smaller? Why not work it as a 2 x 2 grid?
The images above show part of the chart along with the key for the pattern. It shows how clear the charts are and shows some of the filler patterns. In the key, you can also see the finished size of the design worked on different counts of fabrics.
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