Transition Packs

We are so excited to bring Transition Packs to you!  While I am known for putting colors together, this idea was all Hector.  After hearing me talk about complimentary colors and how to use the color wheel so many times, he was inspired to create the Transition Packs.

It has taken quite a bit of work and thought to make these packs work.  What Hector wanted to achieve was to transition from one color on the color wheel to its complimentary color, across the wheel.  We tried shading the two colors and blending them, but didn’t think it made the colors pop.  Finally, we literally transitioned from one color into the other color.  So, if you are wondering why there is kind of a neutral color in the middle, that is why.  Just think if you were to mix the two colors together, in this example a violet-red with a yellow-green, it would muddle into a brown or grey.

I am such a visual person.  I thought showing you some pictures might help you “see” how we accomplished these packs.

Here is a picture of the color wheel with the two complimentary colors that we wanted to transition from and to.  In this example, we transitioned from Violet-Red to Yellow-Green.  You’ll notice that they are directly across the color wheel from each other.  If you were building a rod, putting these two colors next to each other would really help you make the cross wrap pattern pop.

Looking at this wheel, you can also see why using the shading from one color and trying to blend / transition it into the shading of another color would not produce an exciting and eye popping transition.

Hector did use a little help to get the color to transition pretty seamlessly…and I gotta admit, I was pretty hooked once I saw the tool in action.  The tool he used was the CWP tool from Ademir of Cross Wrap Pattern.  You just pick the two colors that you want to blend/transition from and to and then click the button – Voila! you have the transition colors.  I’ll tell you a secret…we didn’t use all 10 of the transition colors…we started with the first color and then skipped every other color until we got to the second color.

As you can see, you can create any color combination that your heart desires and that your imagination will allow.  There are literally unlimited possibilities!  Show us what you come up with, we’d love to see.

Check them out in our store, if you would like a close up view.  We will be adding more transition packs over the next week.

Keep calm and wrap on!

Melody 🙂

Get to the Bottom of Your CP

As Hector was working on the donation rod last week, he mentioned that it was getting difficult to get the color preserver out of the bottle with his brush.  He was using a 4oz bottle of CP and a disposable paint brush and just dipping the paint brush in the bottle.  This system worked well while the bottle was full, however, as the CP was used and the bottle was getting close to empty this system wasn’t as effective.

At first, I thought he should just pour some CP in one of the cups he uses to mix epoxy but then quickly realized that a lot of CP would be wasted.  It would also be time consuming trying to get the left over product back in the bottle.  Being a little crafty myself, I knew there had to be something in my stash that could solve his problem.  And, I was right! 🙂

I remembered that I had used little paint cups as sample cups years ago in one of our other businesses.  Lo and behold, with a little searching, I was able to find a package of them – woohoo!  And, they were perfect.  Hector poured a little into the small paint saver cup (really not as large a cup…maybe holds a teaspoon or so of liquid).  It is absolutely perfect because it isn’t very deep and the lid snaps on to preserve the CP.

No waste + No mess = Perfect Solution


These little paint saver cups can be found in most hobby stores in the paint department.  And, they are inexpensive.  Mine came in a pack of 12 for about $3.00 at Hobby Lobby.  I looked them up for you and found they are actually called Mix N Store Paint Pots.

These little pots have many different uses but for now, they will serve as your CP Saver Pots. 😉

Keep calm and wrap on. ~Melody

How to Make Your Own Shade Packs

Shading in cross wrap patterns is very popular and looks amazing.  You can create such a beautiful accent to the main pattern or to the background pattern by adding shading.  For those of you that aren’t sure of the ratio for shading, here is an example:

Sample Shading – Southwest Color Pack

Color #1 – 1 2 3 4 5
Color #2 – 0 1 2 3 4
Color #3 – 0 0 1 2 3
Color #4 – 0 0 0 1 2
Color #5 – 0 0 0 0 1


You read this chart going down.  So on Pass #1 you would wrap 1 thread of Color #1 and 0 threads of Colors #2-5; Pass #2 you would wrap 2 threads of Color #1, 1 thread of Color #2, and 0 threads of Colors #3-5; Pass #3 you would wrap 3 threads of Color #1, 2 threads of Color #2, 1 thread of Color #3, and 0 threads of Colors #4-5; Pass #4 you would wrap 4 threads of Color #1, 3 threads of Color #2, 2 threads of Color #3, 1 thread of Color #4, and 0 threads of Color #5; Pass #5 you would wrap 5 threads of Color #1, 4 threads of Color #2, 3 threads of Color #3, 2 threads of Color #4, and 1 thread of Color #5.  Then just continue with the shading for the rest of the colors.  Of course, you can increase and decrease the number of threads and colors based on what affect you are looking for.

In the example above you’ll notice that the dark brown and fluorescent orange colors show through under the lighter colors.  This is something to think about when using dark and bright colors with light colors.  It wasn’t a concern in this particular piece of work because it was just a sample on a piece of PVC that we took to an event last year.  However, if we had been making this rod for a customer, we would have adjusted it.

Color Wheel

Ok…so let’s talk about how you choose colors to create a shade pack, now that you know how to apply the colors to get the appropriate shading.  There are 2 things that you need: 1) Color Wheel and 2) Color Chart or a full assortment of threads to choose from.  You can get a color wheel from any arts and crafts store (i.e. Hobby Lobby).  To the right here you see the color wheel…and you see that the work has actually been done for you already.  For this example, we are going to use the Blue-Green pure color.  What you see here is actually the tints of the blue-green color, meaning that white has been added to the color to make it lighter.  If you wanted a darker shade pack, you would just simply flip the color wheel over and line up the pure color to the color you desire (our example is blue-green) and then you’ll see the pure color with black added to the color.  See…super simple, super quick, and super easy!!!

Blue-Green Shade Pack

Now to create the shade pack, I just matched the thread spools to the color wheel.  If you could see it in person, you can see that the shade pack to the left matches the color wheel shades to the right.  In fact, you can see this in person at the CRBG Houston event at FTU at the end of March.  I will be bringing this shade pack along with the color wheel to the event and giving a live demonstration on how to make your own shade packs, as well as, how to create custom color themes with your personal pictures (or customer pictures).

Color Chart

You may be thinking, “Umm, I don’t have every color that Madeira makes so this isn’t going to work for me.”  Not true…if you don’t have a large selection of thread colors in your stash, you can use the Color Chart to match the colors.  The color chart has actual samples of the thread colors so you know that the colors that are chosen are the colors that match as you expect.  The color chart samples are on a flap so it lifts up to lay on top of the color wheel.  Or, you can fold the color chart back to lay the colors next to each other.  Another option is to make a color copy of the color chart and match the copy up to the color wheel.  Just make sure that the color copy is accurate with the color chart.

I absolutely love working with color and helping people create their own personal custom color packs.  I’ll be writing a blog on how to create your own personal color themes in the near future.  Until then, if you need help with custom shade colors or personal colors, please feel free to Contact Us.  Feel free to share your ideas on how you create your shading colors and/or personal color schemes.  We’d love to hear from you!

Keep Calm and Wrap On!

Melody 🙂


Frosted Matt

Those of you with the new color charts have seen that there is a new thread by Madeira, the Frosted Matt thread.  Hector talked to Madeira yesterday, because they are working on another project for our customers, and learned more about the Frosted Matt thread.  We think you’ll be excited to learn what Hector learned.

Madeira’s Frosted Matt thread is a polyester thread that has a ceramic ingredient that provides extreme color fastness.  This color fastness makes the thread extremely resistant to sun exposure.  The thread has a matte finish which provides great clarity.

So, the part you have been waiting to hear…this Frosted Matt thread supposedly requires no color preserver.  Yes, you read correctly…this thread is a NCP thread.  Of course, Hector wants to test it before officially claiming that the CP is not needed.  And,  as soon as we get the spool that Madeira is sending us, we will put it on a rod and test it out.  Of course, we will post the results to our Facebook page.

The even better part, the Frosted Matt spools are 2700 yards instead of just the 1100 yard spools of PolyNeon and is the same size, No 40.  There may not be as many colors as the PolyNeon, however, there is a nice variety with over 180 colors.  What becomes evident really quick is that this thread has the potential of saving you a lot of money.  We will keep you posted on our sample results.

Keep calm and wrap on!

Are We Selling Other Brands?

First of all, thank you all for your incredible support as we have launched our thread business.  We have been so honored to have so many comments and questions about the threads.  The most common question we have gotten is “Are you going to sell other brands?”  In short, at this time we are only selling Madeira Polyneon No 40 threads.  That does not mean that we will not consider selling other brands in the future.

The deal is, Hector has used Madeira for many years in his rod building and loves the quality of Madeira threads.  They tend to really hold up under the pressures of tension, wrapping, and packing.  Even with a slip or two of the packing tool, the Madeira threads do not tend to fray or look beat up by the end of the wrapping process.

In addition, the Madeira threads take color preserver very well.  While just about any color preserver will darken your threads, we think that the Madeira threads hold their color just a bit better than other brands.

Do not misunderstand, we love all threads and Hector uses all threads.  But, when it comes down to building a custom rod for a customer, we prefer the Madeira brand.  Therefore, we are passionate about the Madeira brand and feel it is a great fit for our business, as well as your business.

We love getting questions, comments, and feedback so keep ’em coming!

Keep calm and wrap on!