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Using the Thread Exchange

We use Madeira rayon thread in the stitched samples that you see on the website. But there are many different brands of thread available; you may use a different one. The Thread Exchange is a tool that finds color equivalents between popular brands. Here's how it works:

Each color change sheet has a link to the Thread Exchange. It's circled below:


Click that link and you'll be taken to the Thread Exchange. The fields will be pre-populated with the product ID and thread colors.


Check the box for the thread brand that you wish to find equivalents for, then click the "Start Search" button.


Any equivalents that we've identified will be displayed.


Not all shades of thread have matches or equivalents between thread companies, so you'll likely see that not all Madeira colors have equivalents in your preferred brand. Also, we have a fairly strict eye when we're determining matches, and that means that only the closest matches are on the Thread Exchange.

If you don't find many matches with the Thread Exchange, do not be discouraged. The color change sheet lists the color name, and also shows color swatches so you can see a sample of the color used for each color change. Many list the part of the design that is colored with that step, too.

Choose colors from your thread stash that you think will work best with the design. Try new color combinations, and have fun exploring the creative world of color!

If you have questions about the above, let us know! Send an email to stitch@emblibrary.com.

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