Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Solar Thread

and sew it seams that things are NOT quite what they seem ........

When I was at Texstyle 08 Teacher's Forum I went to a session about Gutermann threads and stabilisers. The Gutermann man (sorry I didn't get his name) gave us this sample of a commercially machine embroidered design using Gutermann Solar Threads. Well, to be honest, it didn't get a reaction from me at first - we were inside a building for most of the day..... but when I went outside .......

The threads are light sensitive and gradually come to life as soon as you take them into the sunlight - I think I'm a bit like that sometimes!
There are only about 5 or 6 "colours" in the range, but imagine what you could do! A panel of decorative embroidery stitches on skirt, embellishing a bag - you would need a fairly dense embroidery design and to use a range of colours for the effect to really stand out ........anyone else use these?


  1. I had never seen them before, but I am reminded of the hypercolour fad of the 80s. I would want to see how well they would wash and wear.

  2. Wow that is so cool! It reminds me of those hypercolour t-shirts too.

  3. EDITH IN DALLAS TEXAS USAMonday, 01 March, 2010

    I have had all seven colors for a few years and unwrapped a new spool this morning and took it out into the sun and it turned yellow instead of the "sea foam green" on the label!
    Very disappointing. I know the ads I have seen say "guaranteed for 2000 exposures" but is there a "time limit" on how long the color-changing properties last?


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