Selecting Thread Based on Tone

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Hi, I just watched a video about selecting thread for your quilt. It mentions using a thread that matches the tone of your quilt. What does that mean? How do I go about choosing a tone?

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By tones we mean the shade of color you are selecting for your quilt. Tones are colors that are dulled versions of the pure hue. For example instead of using a bright red, you would use a dull red like the color of old bricks. Or instead of using a bright blue, you would use a dull blue, like the color of a stormy sky. Tones are less noticeable and thus blend nicely into your design.

To learn more about color, you can check out my book: A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color & Design.

Hope this helps!

Related Video: Choosing the Perfect Thread Color for Your Quilt Design

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4 Responses to “Selecting Thread Based on Tone”

  1. Susie

    I can count on understanding what Heather says. She's so helpful & knowledgeable. I am not an artsy type person but i learn even from her artsy videos that I would never dream of doing the project.

  2. ROXIE

    I recently finished a quilt that I machine quilted with diagonal lines, i asked my quilting friends and several said when in doubt, use gray. Others said use a variegated thread. I chose the variegated and it turned great.

  3. imasabarbasa

    this is already interesting.

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