Beat The Blahs With These Blue Threads


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It’s Monday; got the blues? Are you back to work after a fun weekend, maybe looking at a beautiful blue sky…through the windows of your office? Well, let me show you some blues that will lift your spirits. They’re threads. I call them The Blue Thread Group. They will amaze your friends, inspire your creativity and leave you energized, or at least give you a moment of serenity on a Monday morning. (Just looking at pretty threads is a mood-booster, so imagine the lift they can give to your stitchery…)

The blue thread group covers hues from light to dark, from pastel to jewel tones, with a few variegated blends in between.
This blue thread group covers hues from light to dark, from pastel to jewel tones, with a few variegated blends in between. Threads by Kreinik for cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, quilting, weaving, knitting, crochet…
These bubble blue colors add a subtle shimmer to designs. Good water colors, baby themed designs, and blending with other colors. They come in Kreinik Braids and Ribbons.
These bubble blue colors add a subtle shimmer to designs. They are ideal for stitching water themes, baby themed designs, and blending with other colors. They come in Kreinik Braids and Ribbons.
Use metallic threads like these blue shades to realistically recreate water in your needlework designs.
Use metallic threads to realistically recreate water in your needlework designs (water glistens in real life, right?). Light blue Kreinik metallic Braid colors are used in the Pam Kellogg design on the left, while the bolder royal blue Braid color is used in the Mosey N Me design on the right. Both are free patterns on www.kreinik.com.
These shades of cobalt and royal are from Kreinik's Braid and Ribbon thread lines.
Cobalt blue is so popular in clothing and home decor, and it’s no surprise. This kind of rich, cheery, bold blue goes with everything. It makes great background colors in needlework. These cobalt and royal blue spools are Kreinik color numbers (from left to right) 329 Bahama Blue, 051HL Sapphire Hi Lustre, 033L Royal Blast, and 033 Royal Blue.
Gorgeous royal blue Kreinik metallic threads in Needlepoint: a Waterweave Designs canvas on the left, and a TS Designs canvas on the right.
Gorgeous royal blue Kreinik metallic threads in needlepoint: a Waterweave Designs canvas on the left, and a TS Designs canvas on the right.
Kreinik makes variegated metallic threads like these often by request of designers.
Kreinik makes variegated metallic threads like these often by request of designers. The color on the right, 060 Midnight, was created when a designer wanted something to stitch a night sky. It has become one of our most popular colors. The blend in the middle was created by a group of Fantasy cross-stitch designers who wanted “dragon colors.”
I love blues with a touch of gray, and metallic versions are somehow dramatic and subtle at the same time.
I love blues with a touch of gray, and metallic versions are somehow dramatic and subtle at the same time. These spools are Kreinik color numbers 014 Sky Blue, 044 Confetti Blue, 3214 Blue Zircon, 4012 Stormy Weather.
The ocean in this needlepoint canvas from Cheryl Schaeffer Designs was stitched with metallic threads to make it more realistic
The ocean in this needlepoint canvas from Cheryl Schaeffer Designs was stitched with metallic threads to make it more realistic, and to stand out next to the matte sand and sky threads. The mix of thread types creates a sense of dimension, and the metallic creates light play and a sense of movement.

Here at thread maker Kreinik Manufacturing Company, we try to make thread colors that will help stitchers recreate images from real life, and many of our colors come from designers requesting certain shades. We may have 25 different blues, but there are always requests for “a blue with more green in it,” or “blue with less green,” sometimes “more of a country blue,” or “denim blue but with a touch of aqua,” etc. It’s a challenge, but also rather fun, to come up with the right shades for the creative market. If you ever have requests for new thread colors, contact me (@Kreinikgirl on Twitter, or dlenham at kreinik dot com).

Range of blue metallic threads in the Kreinik Braids and Ribbons line, www.kreinik.com.
Range of blue metallic threads in the Kreinik Braids and Ribbons embroidery thread lines, www.kreinik.com.

KreinikGirl
Dena Lenham, aka KreinikGirl, is Creative Director at Kreinik Manufacturing Company, a family-owned, USA-based business that manufactures high-quality yarns and threads made of metallics, silks and real metals from their West Virginia factory. Dena’s monthly column, Kreinik Calling, sheds light on the fascinating fibres that we all use and love.
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