A while ago, someone on my Facebook page recommended me to check out embroidery threads by The Gentle Art. The name kept coming back a few times over the next days, so I decided that I should check them out and see what the fuss was all about!
After receiving their threads, I really do see why people are so enthusiastic about it. The colours are absolutely beautiful, and give your embroidery a depth that plain threads simply don’t. If you stitch a lot of your work in monochrome colours, you will note how some of your work can look a little ‘flat’. When I stitched some of my patterns up with Sampler Threads and Simply Shaker Threads I noticed that the work seemed to come alive!
Below are a few pictures of the threads and what I’ve made with them so far. You will notice that the work is much more colourful than my usual monochrome patterns. I have to say that I was so inspired by the colours that I wanted to see what my patterns look like with some colour.
Letters from the North, No. 2. This is the pattern I’m working on at the moment. As you can see, I’ve got quite a bit left to do! Colours used from the Sampler Threads range were:
Dried Thyme (0110)
Swedish Folk Cushion. I used the following colours from the Simply Shaker range for this one:
Crystal Lake (7075)
Summer Shower (7069)
Aged Pewter (7032)
Lexington Green (7040)
Toasted Barley (7064)
Vintage Lace (7083)
Five Flowering Lilies. I stitched this one with the following Simply Shaker colours:
Cidermill Brown (7007)
Harvest Basket (7000)
Old Blue Paint (7006)
The open edge was finished with Parchment (7027). All of the above pieces were stitched on 32 count Platinum coloured Zweigart Belfast linen.
Have you stitched with any of The Gentle Art’s threads? What are your experiences / favourite colours / favourite projects? Let us know in the comments below!