Playing with Color: The Interplay between Fabric and Thread
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”:
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.
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.
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:
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.
The spines of the feathers become quite prominent with this fabric and thread combination.
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!
Did I mention I love purple?
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.