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« on: March 18, 2012 06:39:22 PM »

Hello all!
I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on creating my own embroidery patterns. I know silhouettes are easy but what about pictures with lots of color? Are there websites I can go to to create a pattern?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012 10:08:28 PM »

Hello!

I've just recently embarked on my first big self-designed, full color embroidery piece, but it worked out fairly similar to a silhouette design. For me the process was: research ideas, design/visualize, research/determine stitches, transfer, stitch. I didn't use any programs or sites to design it, just Google images, a printer, paper & pencil. Though I know there are sites for cross stitch, I don't know any great ones off hand, but plenty of people on here have mentioned good ones. Here's one I found, though hopefully other people will pop in with other/better ones.

Once I knew what effects I wanted, a big step for doing the full color was researching filling stitches to figure out which could best work the effect in that I wanted to fade colors & move around curves, so I'm using a loose long & short stitch. I have about 5 stitch dictionaries bookmarked just to figure out which stitches will give me the best effects.

You could also try crayon tinting for larger areas of color, there are some awesome examples here on Craftster of  using that technique for large areas of color. Like this -or- like this

Hopefully that helps! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012 06:55:23 AM »

Thank you! That is really helpful. I think what I'm really asking is how do I do shading with thread and pick the right colors. I've never been very good at this when drawing and I'm afraid my stitiching will end up disastrous like my drawings did.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012 07:19:40 AM »

I'm using mostly pairs, sometimes trios of colors. Black & dark gray, ecru & white, three yellows, three browns. I just went in & started playing with color combos at the store, the nice thing with DMC that I noticed is that they will name colors in series, like my yellows are "Lemon," "Pale Lemon" & some other "Lemon" name. That made it really easy to pair them up together. To be honest, just trust your gut, if two colors look nice together, go with them, it won't be the end of the world if it doesn't look exactly as you imagined it, at worst it's a learning experience or you can pluck it out & trade it for another color if you really feel the need to.

For shading, I think the main ways of doing it are either staggering out the stitches with one color & staggering in the new color or trading out colors in your working thread. Here's a good example of staggering the colors at Needle N Thread. The other thing is silk shading, where you start with X number of strands of one color & slowly change out the color one thread at a time, so if you start with 3 threads of black, the next section is 2 strands of black & 1 strand of gray, then 1 strand of black & 2 strands of gray, finally 3 strands of gray.

And don't be afraid of doing it wrong, like I said, learning experience! It's only a disaster if you think of it as a disaster. Smiley
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