How much do you know about variegated colors? Have you used them in your projects? We know that Aurifil neutrals are often the go-tos, but Aurifil and Silk Road Textiles invite you to try out this fabulous array of colors which are the perfect solution when you want a touch of fun with added versatility.
Variegated threads contain multiple colors or multiple shades of one color. The spacing and repetition of the threads depends on how the thread is dyed. Aurifil produces 36 variegated thread colors that are prepared using three unique processes:
SHADED: 9 Colors
Aurifil’s cotton colors 3910 through 3320 are referred to as shaded. They are dyed in a special wardrobe with the darkest hue on the bottom of the wardrobe, a lighter version of the same color in the middle, and water on top. This results in a shaded or ombre effect.
MULTICOLOR: 15 Colors
Aurifil’s cotton colors 3817 through 4656 are multicolor threads. These threads contain more than one color and are actually printed or stamped on the thread, not dyed in a wardrobe.
VARIEGATED: 12 Colors
Aurifil’s cotton colors 4658 through 4665 are true variegated threads. These colors are dyed in wardrobes with a random application of a variety of colors. There are no rules or patterned repeats with these thread colors and they may also contain undyed areas.
Variegated threads are wonderfully versatile, adding color interest and individuality to any project! Use them with free-motion quilting, top stitching, machine applique, machine embroidery, hand quilting, hand embroidery, or any variety of other techniques.
Are you ready to give them a try? The Flora Thread Club subscription is a great way to begin. Twenty-four of these variegated colors are represented in the Flora Thread Club. Each set contains 3 large spools of 50wt — 2 variegated and 1 complementary solid.
The colors for 2022 were drawn from 12 breathtaking rainforest plants from the Amazon Water Lily and the Bird of Paradise to the Jade Vine and the Spider Lily. These plants are a representation of our earth’s most threatened tropical forests, largely affected by deforestation and climate change. For 2022, Aurifil has partnered with Rainforest Trust, an organization dedicated to the long-term protection of these forests.
Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. Every action we take now to protect rainforest will have a lasting impact on the future by maintaining our planet’s critical ecosystems.
You can enroll in the Color Builders Club at any time, but there's no time like the present! Your first pack will be available during the month following your enrollment. (For example, if you enroll during March, your first pack will be available in April.)
What Do I Get? Three large (1300 m) spools 50 wt. Aurifil 100% cotton thread. Each month features 2 variegated and 1 complementary solid. Price: $39 (before Priority shipping)
- Packs cannot be returned or exchanged.
Prefer to pay monthly or to enroll for a longer period of time? Call the shop at 513.541.3700, and we can help you out!