Colored thread: Thread is available in a rainbow of colors with both light and dark shades and sometimes a colored rope will end up with a little more weight than a plain white rope. Some threads will “bleed” a little into the other colors they are mixed with (see the picture of our lime green rope before / after wax), where some colors will maintain their color and just look like a fleck for a speckled result like the black in our 2-Tone Series ropes. No matter which thread is used, all of the colors turn darker when they go through the wax process (see the picture of our blue rope before / after the wax). When a rope has a stripe in it, the person who spins the rope has set the machine up to keep the thread colors separate while the rope is being spun.
When a new rope is being created, it doesn’t always come out as expected. A person has to be careful not to combine threads that bleed over other colors, or to use too many dark threads. If they get blended wrong, a speckled rope may turn out as a washed out bland color or a combined dark mess. Or a striped rope may bleed onto the white strands creating a strange and unexpected combination.