We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog :
Select Color with Confidence
The easiest way to select thread color is to start with a print that you love, select a coordinating solid and then select the thread. For instance, I spotted this floral blouse in a retail store.
I fell in love with the flowers and immediately thought of pairing it with a denim jacket. Here’s how to select the thread to go with it. Audition spools right on the blouse and grab your phone to document the process as you switch out some spools.
Next, review the photos to see what composition is the most pleasing. Once you’re satisfied with the combination, move the spools to the denim jacket.
Denim is one of the trickiest fabrics to select thread for because it’s a mixture of light, medium and dark threads. Often what you think will contrast with denim, blends too well and leaves the embroidery looking lackluster. The colors may be beautiful, but the value (the lightness and darkness of the color) may be too close to the denim’s value making the embroidery almost invisible from a 6 ft. distance.
To avoid that result, use a value finder. A value finder is a piece of translucent red plastic or glass. When you peer through the colored plastic, all color is removed from the object. What remains is the value of the fabric and threads. Look through the red panel to view threads right on the fabric. Your phone camera may have filter available. Check your camera settings.
If they are the same value as the fabric, you’ll know you must find a lighter or darker thread if you want the embroidery to pop off (or separate from) the fabric.
I trust the value finder more than I trust my own eye. Because I tend to fall in love with a color, I try to force it on the fabric. Every time I override the value finder, I’m disappointed with the result.
Thanks for reading!
Reprinted with permission from Eileen's Blog.
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