A Horse of a Different Color

Where did that term come from? The first time I ever heard it was in the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’ but the context left no doubt that it was already a phrase in common use.

But I digress, this may not be a horse but rather a non-traditional rainbow. Just look at what I picked up at Quilt Market last weekend in Portland.

Valdani six-strand cotton floss

I visited the Valdani booth where I had a lovely chat with the owner, Dana, and showed her some of my embroidery; one of her helpers in the booth took this picture of me and the rest of the Valdani staff there.

Valdani Booth at Portland Spring Quilt Market 2018

I love Valdani threads and have been using them since I first discovered the 35 wt quilting thread in a little shop in St. Helen’s Oregon about a decade ago. they make luscious variegated threads in color combination you just don’t see elsewhere like one blend they called Cold Lava – a blend of black, sapphire blue and a rich rust color that quilts up beautifully (see the close up of a border below).

Border stitched with Valdani 35 wt cotton thread, color: Cold Lava

At the show, I bought a few new colors of the quilting thread (what – they actually have colors I don’t already own???) but mainly I added to my collection of embroidery floss. This six-strand cotton floss is soft and silky in texture and the variegation subtle which I prefer as opposed to drastic color shifts that can make the work look splotchy. Valdani also makes this floss available in three-strand balls for punch needle and other work where a finer floss would be preferable.¬† I can’t wait to work these into a project.


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