But here’s a trick I learnt from watching the stall holders on Walthamstow market. Don’t just hold a solid spool against your fabric. Pull out a strand of thread, and watch how the colour disappears – or doesn’t.
See how each of my spools has a single thread lying horizontally across the fabric? Against this swatch, chestnut brown thread was the surprising best choice. You can hardly see the lowest strand.
Choosing the right colour thread is not about gauging the strongest colours in your fabric print. It’s about interpreting colours. In sewing as in life: the obvious is not always the best option. Fascinating, huh?
Anyone else have tips for matching thread to fabric?