Online shopping is a common activity these days, whether it’s hopping from one website to another or purchasing items from an app, internet shopping has been widely accepted in today’s society.
Recently, the world of online sewing and quilting materials has begun to emerge in full force. Many fabric companies have realized that connecting with their customers on social media is helping them not only target the right demographic but also make sales. Bloggers are becoming more popular as well by creating tutorials and giving advice for beginning sewer all building brand loyalty.
While this is all good news, the only problem is that it’s hard to tell what colours are going to look like. Often times you can’t get a feel for the texture of the material which makes it difficult to match up thread colour with fabric.
How To Match Thread To Fabric Online
Some companies have begun helping their customers by providing online quilting patterns so sewers can see how their creation will turn out but not every company does this.
Let’s start the list of tips, which will help you in matching the thread to your fabric while choosing online;
1. Consider coordinating a collection:
When you’re trying to match the thread colour to fabric, it’s a good idea to start thinking about coordinating collections rather than single items. Take advantage of sales and coupons for big savings on all the matching colours that you want.
If you wait until your next stitching project before buying more fabrics, you’ll likely spend more money than if you just bought everything in one order. By doing this, your odds of success go up exponentially because it becomes easier to predict what the colour will look like (once you know how it looks and feels).
If you can manage planning ahead, consider using products from different companies for each layer of clothing or accessory. Each company has its own personality and style so their cotton prints will be different even though they may have the same colour name.
This is particularly important for quilters because you’ll often have to layer many different types of fabric together in order to get the right look.
Designers are getting better at realizing that coordinating items is important so they’re actually starting to design collections instead of just individual prints.
To personalize your project, even more, consider using some novelty fabrics on their own or in small accents. There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new styles provided it enhances the overall appearance of the item you’re working with.
2. Utilize a standard reference thread colour:
Before you can do any stitching, it’s absolutely necessary to have a reference colour on hand. This is the one that you’ll compare all other colours with so find one that works best for your eyesight or vision needs.
Some people are just naturally better at this process than others but most people will benefit by using a simple guide.
There are many different ways to go about finding the right thread colour and it really depends on your personal preference. One of the most popular methods would be to use an embroidery floss card set because they often contain hundreds of colours in standard hues.
Other people like to use sew-on thread cards which only include the basic 3 colours (black, white and).
These are both great options but I tend to stray away from these types of products because they’re often very costly.
Colour cards are an extremely popular item but you’ll need to decide whether or not it’s worth the money (they average around $50). You can also go online and find inexpensive paint chips on sale for under $5 plus shipping.
3. Make sure your fabric is identical:
Most people don’t realize how important their first layering material is for this process so they just grab something at random. Maybe they have a piece of clothing in mind that they want to match colour-wise or maybe they just grabbed whatever was available in the closet.
In either case, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t actually look right once you get it finished.
In order to get the best results from your project, it’s important to match fabric types too. Look for a product that has the same texture and thickness because this will make all the difference in whether or not you can apply it correctly without distorting your design.
When items are layered together, only one should be picked up at a time while creating a new stitch.
4. Consider buying pre-matched sets:
For many people, just starting with a solid coloured fabric is often too limited so they have to work with whatever they can find. In some cases, the person may not care about matching colours exactly but would rather just deal with whatever they can get their hands on.
This usually leads to a quick and cheap result that doesn’t look all that great but it’s better than nothing. If you want your stitches to stand out more, using a thin layer of something is really important because this breaks up the silhouette a bit.
It allows everything to blend together without looking flat or taking away from your design idea.
In order to avoid additional cost or wasted materials, consider buying pre-matched sets from the manufacturer instead of waiting until you’re ready for your project to start. It’s not uncommon to find products that are sold together already because they were finished with the same material to begin with.
5. Choose an interesting texture:
One of the first things you should do whenever you’re working on a project is picking out something to layer over it. When this process is done correctly, it can really enhance your stitching skills by bringing life and texture into what would otherwise be an ordinary project. Just remember that even though novelty fabrics are great for adding interest, they may not be appropriate for all types of applications.
If you’re making something simple like a pillowcase or quilt square then using a novelty fabric shouldn’t cause any problems but there are some cases where using these types of materials will completely overpower a design. Create a sample of the product before you decide to use it for everything if possible.
6. Save your scraps:
Now that you’ve been through this list, hopefully, there’s something you can learn from the tips shared here because they all have very useful applications when it comes to designing embroidery projects on your own.
Even though I’m not an expert at color matching yet (I’m still learning) I know enough by now to make my pieces look like they were done by someone else. But every now and again I do run into trouble so these ideas could come in handy next time something comes up.
If you didn’t find any help with this article then perhaps check out Embroidery Designs & Patterns to find some more ideas.
See, I told you it would be worth the read! Tell me what you think about it so far and if this is something you’ll try next time.