I’ve never used a variegated thread before. I’ve got some in my stash so I decided to have a play with them.
I found some stitches worked really well in the variegated thread. The more thread the stitch used the more colour change you saw. I was only using a 5″ piece of fabric so not really long enough to show much of a change in some stitches. The alternating hearts for example are large but use very little thread so they look very plain. Some stitches showed the colour change well such as the swirly hearts but the stitch was too dense and you can’t really see what the stitch is so it looks messy. You really do need to test out the stitch first in your variegated thread to see how it will look. My favourite from this test piece is the smocking stitch. In fact after I finished playing with this I used various forms of smocking stitch to fill an area on another project in a variegated thread.
I have a few variegated threads in my stash. I’m going to try using them more particularly to add interest to an area without having to do anything too fancy.