Sewing Embroidery Designs in New Ways
How many of you are always looking for new ways to use your
embroidery designs - always, or never? If never, you are
overlooking wonderful opportunities! Do you optimize the use of
every design? Do you routinely review your library of designs to
see if you can combine motifs from one set with another? Have you
noticed how embroidery design styles have changed over the past
few years? Give those old motifs a new look by using the designs
that you got way back when, again! Add new motifs under, or
around, them to create a whole new look! My last big project, a
wind jacket back, is a good example of what anyone can do with a
little time and imagination!
With fall already upon us, I wanted something tropical in my
wardrobe as it's still every where in ready-to-wear & home
dec. The colors are just as exciting as leaves turning colors.
With the tropical look continuing into fall, I remembered a wind
jacket, with a hole that needed covering, in my closet. The
fabric is an aqua, "falling leaf" jacquard that would be perfect
in both style & color!
I began with the 168-169 Tropical scene components but wanted
to add other motifs to cover the entire jacket back. Next I added
a colorful bird from set 166 Flights of Fancy.
Although larger, these birds were simply wonderful as
forefront motifs with the smaller tropical plants as background!
When I went back through my sets, up to 2 years old, I found 117
Japanese Botanicals with several motifs that worked into what I
had already stitched to make a spectacular finished look. The
scene had motifs from 4 entirely different themes that I had
never thought about putting together before.
When planning a large area you want to give the effect of
being almost covered, yet leave an open effect. You want most
motifs to appear as just an illusion, with only a few focus
pieces to be in full fill. Often this can achieve this by using
muted colors that almost blend into the fabric color &
brighter colors for the key pieces which you want to draw the
TIP: A great way to visualize how the whole "picture" will
look, print out 1:1 size templates of the motifs, cut them out
& move like puzzle pieces until it's pleasing to you.
The main things to watch when creating a large area or scene
1. Don't overdo it! Don't try to fill every single inch of the
large area making the scene too busy.
2. Don't worry about exact placement - a random look is much
more attractive, especially on all 4 sides. Place motifs in an
3. Don't limit yourself to motifs from one set - you might
wind up with something less than spectacular!
4. Think outside the box! You may be surprised at the sets you
pull motifs from to create a whole new theme! Example: try
roosters with florals or veggies or create a theme of fruit &
5. Don't let the design colors keep you from considering them
for the project. Very often a few color changes will give a whole
new look to a motif making it work with something else you would
never have considered before.
If you don't "think outside the box", you are missing out on
the real enjoyment & ability to expand your creativity to
optimize the use of your designs! To see what I mean, take a look
at the photo of my finished wind jacket that is post on our web
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