Matte Is Where It's At

You see it in electronics, car design and even nail polish – a matte finish vs. shine and luster. To create this elegant look, try Madeira USA’s Frosted Matte 40-weight embroidery thread and go for a tone-on-tone design. Alice Wolf, marketing/communications director, says: “While some embroiderers will try using sewing thread for a matte finish look to embroidery, the look isn’t the same, since sewing thread is meant for construction and not embellishment. Achieving a tone-on-tone effect is as easy as first choosing your fabric. Then, using a color card, or the actual thread, find the color that comes closest to the fabric. You wouldn’t want to start out with a shiny fabric. Think an Oxford cloth cotton shirt with a small monogram on the pocket or cuffs.” Visit