Playing with Color: The Interplay between Fabric and Thread

Playing with Color
By now you’re probably familiar with how our Embroidery Collections can be used with Kaleidoscope Kreator 3. Each Embroidery Collection consists of designs that match a corresponding Template Pack for KK3, so that means you can embellish your printed kaleidoscope designs by embroidering over them “in the hoop”:

Printed "Feather" kaleidoscope

Printed “Feather” kaleidoscope.

The same printed kaleidoscope with matching embroidery design stitched over it.

The same printed kaleidoscope with matching embroidery design stitched over it.

Stitched over printed fabric (side view)

When I’m testing my designs, I usually stitch on black fabric because (1) it makes the colors pop and (2) it’s easy to see mistakes.

Same thread colors as above stitched onto black fabric

Same thread colors as above stitched onto black fabric.

Stitched on black fabric (side view)

But I wanted to see how the same embroidery design (stitched with the same thread colors) would look when stitched on different fabrics.  I went to my stash and found a batik that I thought would be perfect. It had almost the exact same colors as the thread I was using: reddish-pink and green.

Stitched on matching batik

Honestly, I had hoped that the thread colors would pop more. The effect is much more subtle and the design becomes more of a texture.  You can see it better from the side:

Stitched on matching batik (side view)

Back to my stash… Although I designed the color scheme around autumn colors, I thought maybe it would work for Christmas colors as well.  So I pulled out some Christmas fabric with a metallic print.  The metallic nature of the design competes a bit with the stitched design, but I do like the green background.

Stitched on Christmas fabric

The spines of the feathers become quite prominent with this fabric and thread combination.

Stitched on Christmas fabric (side view)

Last (but definitely not least) I pulled out a marbled purple fabric. OMGosh! I just love this color combination! Granted I love purple, but still. The design just shimmers!

Stitched on marbled purple

Did I mention I love purple? :)

Stitched on marbled purple (side view)

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own color choices. Don’t be afraid to try something that you usually wouldn’t. You might be surprised by your own ingenuity!

Note: The design used in this blog post is “feather-8-08″ from our new Feathers Embroidery Collection.

Comments
  • Diane

    Hi Jeannie:

    This really shows off all your hard work – and I even love the grouping of the 4 different effects together –> it is brilliant. The thread colours bring out the richness of all of the fabrics and the beautiful stitching compliments each one differently. I would not have realized how much of more expression the simple changes of colours with thread add to the entire quilt.

    I am just about to take my first course in quilting, I have a new Janome sewing machine, and just downloaded all of the rest of the Kaleidoscope Collections Templates – look out world, here I come! And thank you so much for all of your ongoing inspiration (not to mention the wonderful software/products)!

    Diane

  • Diane

    Hi Jeanie:

    This really shows off all your hard work – and I even love the grouping of the 4 different effects together –> it is brilliant. The thread colours bring out the richness of all of the fabrics and the beautiful stitching compliments each one differently. I would not have realized how much of more expression the simple changes of colours with thread add to the entire quilt.

    I am just about to take my first course in quilting, I have a new Janome sewing machine, and just downloaded all of the rest of the Kaleidoscope Collections Templates – look out world, here I come! And thank you so much for all of your ongoing inspiration (not to mention the wonderful software/products)!

    Diane

  • Karen Poole

    This is really beautiful! What threads are you using to get such great colors? It must be a variegated or multicolor thread! It’s so pretty, my favorites are the black and the purple fabrics!

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