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Hand Embroidery: How to Blend Colors in Your Embroidery Piece

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

Hand Embroidery: How to Blend Colors in Your Embroidery Piece

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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11 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Tracing the pattern

    • 4. Starting with the piece

    • 5. Layering the stem

    • 6. layering between colors

    • 7. layering with different colors

    • 8. Starting with the petals

    • 9. Layering the patels

    • 10. Finishing the petals

    • 11. Make your piece stand out

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About This Class

Try out threadpainting with this bird of paradise!

In this class, you will learn how to paint with thread. In this project you will stitch along with me and see the entire process on how to blend colors in threadpainting. You will need some experience for this class, but I encourage confident beginners to have a try.

In the attached document you will find the pattern and other resources for this class


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Floor Giebels

Embroidery Artist


Hi, my name is Floor and I'm a Dutch embroidery artist living in The Netherlands.

Originally from a design background, I found my artistic freedom and expression through the more traditional art of embroidery. Entirely self-taught, I started my journey in 2016 and am continually learning new skills and applying them to my work. I also like to explore the boundaries of traditional hand embroidery by creating some pieces as mixed media, to contrast and compliment the thread itself. 

I have found that embroidery has led me to explore the textures present in the world around me - living on the coast, the beautiful beaches, scenery and animals constantly offer me inspiration for new projects. One of my favorite topics to explore in my pieces is the interplay b... See full profile

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1. Intro : making this floor. And I would love for you to join me in this class where I show you how to scholar and trap painting. Tread painting is a technique where he creates the illusion of a painting, but important. Read it looks difficult, but I'm going to show you how easy it really is, especially because you're working with thread and any mistake can be easily removed. I will show you the basics of truck basing and after is how to add colors for realistic effect. 2. Supplies: Okay, so now we're gonna look at supplies. And because most of the people who watch my videos are from the US, I'm gonna use amazon dot com to show you all the stuff you need. Um, I first want to talk about threats. Well, in the pdf that you got, you can see all the trends you need. Those are all the DMC colors. But DMC is not. You don't have to use DMC. There are a lot of threats out there that you can use and my preference, but I think it's really good option to do, especially because when I see people who take my course and they share the projects they made, you guys are amazing with colors, you choose your own colors and it looks so good. Also in use the colors that I suggest, but also, when you make your own colors, it's really good. And I think especially for this project, it's cool to play around a little bit with colors that you like yourself. And if you want to do that with D M. C, it's gonna cost you a lot of money And what? Actually I used the emcee, but most of the dress that I use. This may be an unpopular opinion, but if we go to Amazon and we look at a embroidery flaws, then you see here all these embroidery threats, and I've ordered them all to see how they are and how do you feel and what I My conclusion is that the ones when you see here the ones it's a black and the yellow are they're good. They're perfect, their cotton. I don't feel like there's so much difference in the DMC embroidery, and it's so much fun to just order this and you get a whole package of so many colors and you can just pick and choose and, um, in my projects. A lot of these scholars are from these, and the thing is that the they have also numbers on it and they have the same numbers. They have the same numbers as the DMC ones, and they different a little bit from the DMC colors, but they're fine. I feel like this is really good. I also ordered these ones and I don't feel like dick quality. Is that good? If I zoom in on them, you could maybe see yeah, you can see that it's like the treads are really tight, tight together. So I'm because we're using only one strand. It's like not really good to get once run out of it. They're really pressed together. That's why I don't like does not everyone shares this opinion. I must say I once was in an embroidery group, like a hand on board a group. It was a Dutch group because I'm Dutch and we're sharing tips and tricks and everything. And I was saying like, Oh, you know, like, everybody's talking about tread. And I was saying, Oh, you know, you can also look at, like Amazon and you have all these colors and you know, you could just, like, play around it'd. And I got so much backlash from that I got a d m like, yeah, how dare you and how would you insult your work with that kind of tread? And yeah, I don't agree. I mean, it's also about, like, marketing and those kind of things, by Price is very, you know, but make up your own mind what you like. Now I'm gonna show you the needles. These on my go to needles, the John James Pebbles. These are the ones that I have, and I love them. The embroidery needles, and they are just really nice. You have to 16 years in a size five. Sultan. I know you can see your own like what you need. You know what you like, what kind of taken issue, like, because it's also on your own preference. What you like when it comes sitting is, and this is a great way to just buy it and see what it is. And for the hoops, you can also get Amazon for hoops. They have great deals if you want to buy them in a bundle. The one thing I have to say is that when you look at embroidery hoops on Amazon, they only have bamboo hoops, and they're a little bit less in quality. If you go to Google and just search embroider groups from your local craft store, whatever comes up on Google, just look at the material and I would suggests buying would because it's nicer but nothing wrong with bamboo. The quality is a little bit less and you know it's put up to you, but you want, and for the fabric which is also the It's a bit of a difficult one of fabric because a lot of times when you go on websites that are crafts websites for embroidery and you see important that they always listed as embroidery fabric and that is most of time is cross stitch fabric. So if I would go here to embroidery fabric Oh, wait about, for instance here, then you get this a lot of times and you don't want ISS because that is really for cross stage and there was a really big holes in it. I think this is something you probably already know, but under no, it's good to say it again. This one is a really good one, but my preference is, I would say, must Muslim fabric. Then you have these thes air like you have the, um bleach, which is really nice, and but you also have the ones that are just white. But these are real. It's it's a really nice If I think here we can look at it really closely. It's really tightly woven, so when you see all these nice things on Instagram, but really smooth look then was it's on his Muslim don't get the swallow ones because those are really tin and not good. So go for the heavyweight Mawson 3. Tracing the pattern: first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna trace the pattern. I'm going to show you how I always do it. So you open up to pdf pattern that is in the foul, and when you open it up, you can just see that it's just a pdf. So what you're gonna do is you're gonna go to tools, uh, in the pdf and go to actual size so that it's the size you need for the pattern. That's the actual size you need. Could I do that? And now it's the size that is the true size photographic, and this is depend I use. It's a friction pen. It's a clicker, and you can use it. And in the end, you just go over it with a blow dryer and it will completely dissolve. It will go away. It's my go to Ben. I use it all the time. I love it. Make sure your brightness is set really high and what you're gonna do is you're gonna move around a bit so you can rest hoop all the way down. I know. I like to go a little bit to the back, put it a little bit backwards. have a lot of fate and my computer. As you can see, I'm not afraid to do a lot with it, But I do this so many times like I do this all the time. I never, ever have happened something to my computer. But if you're not comfortable with doing this, then just print it out on the true size and just put it on your window and trace it in that way, you're just going to go over the lines, make sure you have a good grip. It's a lot of lines you have to do. This is a bit of a complex pattern I must submit, but I tried to make it as clear as possible and with the lines. And don't don't be afraid to make mistakes or that it's not really Strayed's. Just remember, you can always delete those lines with this man. You also have other pens that are just that you can dissolve or but this is my pen that I use. We're just gonna go over them. Can I see that I'm almost done? You can also see that the lines are not super perfect. It's for me that I just know red lines are. And if it's not straight, that's not a problem at all in the pdf that I have attached with it. You can also see that I have linked a product called Stick and Stage. It's a great product what you do. I don't use it because I failed to get a printer every time I still need to get a printer, and this is more. This is just really easy for me. I can just like it's, you know, it's really quick. But if you want to get it really precise than you can also get a stick and stage that I have in the pdf. And what you do with that is you print it out on this fab on this piece of fabric paper, and you put it on the cloth. It sticks and you can wash it away afterwards so you don't have to trace anything, and you can see that in the pdf that is attached. If you want to use that, it's a great product. If you just don't wanna deal with this kind of fuss, 4. Starting with the piece: Okay. First, we're gonna do the stem of the flower, and we're going to start at a really dark color, and we're gonna go, Gonna start at the bottom. And what you're gonna do is you're gonna hold on, but your finger underneath the tread Sure, you're gonna hold onto that thread, and then you go all the way to the first lot like this. We're going to do that with all the treats. Uh, so basically, what we're doing now is, um, just a straight stitch. A satin stitch, if you will. Okay, so this is our first color. I don't like if you wanna have it a little bit more up than you can do that. The thing that I really love about embroidery is that it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because I can go. I can embroider right till the end. And I can fix things. I can add more treads over it. I can layer it. That's what I really like. Okay, so now I'm going to go in with a kind of like, blue greenish color. So I don't going to do is I'm gonna go here. I'm going to go in on the side and the next one, I'm going to go in a bit right here in the middle of a tread. I'm gonna do the also. It's the other one's going to go in on the trip. You're going to do that old away until you're entity in a way, more shaking guys considered process for really up close. So we're going on our next color, and that is like a really light green ish. And you can see here this part, that part, it's for a different color. So we're gonna go around dark color. What? It's better to start from the bottom start here, going in the other one and they would some we go really like lug here, like in the fabric. She got really that nice layering effect. So we're gonna go with a difference shade of green. I like to mix it up, so I would like to have two yellow a bit and then go backwards. Agreed, so that, you know, it's like the stem of a flower. I didn't want to go too crazy with the colors in the beginning, just so everybody knows that it's still the stem of a flower 5. Layering the stem: we have the yellow and unloved a yellow, But here I have a little bit of a different color. It's also yellow, but it's like more greenish yellow. And I wanted to blend a little bit different. So I'm not gonna, you know, delete is, you know, deleted tonight. A good word. I'm sorry. I'm not England. Like my my I don't even know what I'm saying. That right? My native language Is that right Eye open. It's my original language is Dutch. So sometimes I will say things that don't make sense. But you probably know what I mean is set of This is not like instead of removing tread, this is more to make it a little bit more interesting. Which the dynamics of the color. That's why you know, this is a pattern, but it's also like a guide how to how you can do it. So I'm going to go in here. You see how that really nice that I blends if I just use a really different color you see here makes it really cool. Now you go to the middle. It doesn't matter how hi or her. Lou doesn't that, you know, if you look at it now, doesn't it make it look more interesting? Okay, she never going to go back with the dark color just to give it that contrast. I'm gonna go back but the green, so no one is sure you guys have what? I mean, like correcting yourself. So here I can be thinking to myself, I wanna have, um, a darker color at the end and how pretty that looks if you just go over it with a different color. I mean, it's more work. So this is why I wanted to show you this, right? You need to watch the whole you because I'm going to do things. But I'm also gonna lay your things and show you how you can correct it and how you can create different effects. So this is what I do in law. I just Phil's stuff in and then go over. It went a different threat because you can really see how it looks with a different color over it. I think that's also really easy way to With needle painting. A lot of people do. Dad, When I seen undone that porches, they first make like a whole color. So you feel everything in with the same color. And afterwards they due to shading so they don't leave stuff open, they just really go over it with a different red afterwards. It's just a different way of blending stuff. And I guess so. He really see that you get like that nice painting effect. 6. layering between colors: so we're just gonna fall lines. Make sure that your fabric is always tight. I cannot stress that enough because you don't want to have its to Parker. Anyway, we're going in with a really dark but bright orange and we're gonna follow it till dish line and a dish point. We're not going to blend it in with the auto color with this color, which is gonna stop right at. And I'm just gonna go with slight clear you're gonna start here, T end and go in the other one. I'm gonna make sure that it blends nice. You're gonna go halfway and it here a little bit next to each other because you can see here that we haven't tried here in there, especially when there's a curve. Makes it a bit more difficult. So you have to make your stitches a little bit smaller so you can create that curve. Also, when you see here like Oh, this is pretty loose. Don't sweat it. Just gonna middle of it and the loca down. One thing that is really difficult, uh, which actually is not just do its actual border, but my please protect your eyes. I cannot use your right now because I'm using I'm, you know, using the video camera, and it will interfere with that. But it's really good to use a magnifier because this real destroyer eyes destroyed my eyes . I need to have glasses now, and I really forget to use the magnify a lot because I don't like, but I do like it. But it doesn't feel natural, always. But whenever you're embroidering and your eyes have to readjust So when you look when you're now looking at your embroidery work and you Francis our zoning out and looking at the TV, your eyes have to readjust themselves all the time. Okay, so what we're now gonna do is we're gonna blend it. 7. layering with different colors: What a difference shade of orange. We're gonna blend the colors together, so we're gonna go in Emblen. So to transition soft ins also to give it more of that fluid. Look, this color is not going to be used on a whole, the whole in between, because you will see you will see the other color underneath it. And that's why we're doing it. ISS just so to blend that nicely and evenly. And we're also doing this so we committed a transition, so I kind of like this. Look, I'm just gonna put one a little bit of here, but you can still definitely see the other color in a neat and that's what we're achieving . I'm gonna take a yellow color. It's not super yellow. It's this. It's like getting there to gradually going towards the yellow. So now we're going to move in with a kind of a big yellow Greenidge and we're gonna blend that together afterwards. So we're gonna go in here, make sure that it's tight, we're gonna blend it and what it is, it's a bit in between yellow and green, but only gonna do to blending for this leave when we reached a flower. We're not going to do this kind of blending anymore. It's not gonna be this in evasive. I mean, this is also fun to go bit to the back, really make a difference. You won. Maybe you, maybe he and scoop it back. Okay. And now I want to go to the really dark green again. The event. We're going to use the same color as we did at the end with the other tread. - They were going in with green and some like green, - and now we're going to go to the flower. 8. Starting with the petals: up to here. I marked a line, as you can see and because this is also gonna be purple, I'm just going to do that right away. Well, we have to call her here now. And here we want to make the little pellet flowers. I wanted to use a bright pink for that. It's really funny because you're, like, colors that I'm not the fan off. I don't like purple are hopping, but for some reason, a carnival works together. When I see it all together, I really loved the color combinations. - Now we're going to go in with the light of pink. We're gonna go to that line. We're going to just get him in there. It's like it looks like a pedal. Sure you're not. Frame it and use here along. Okay, Sure. We're gonna get back with the pink on. And you were gonna follow this line. So it's difficult to make it really into a straight a pattern because it's like soo many colors. So never afraid that Andi, I want to go in. What superb. The girl. I don't know His his big purple, the purple pink. Everywhere here in those lines, we can make them a bit ticker. Shizzle. Preference First, go to go in with the lighter, and we're gonna fill that up all the way. What to pick? 9. Layering the patels: - So now we're gonna take some really bright orange and we're going to go in here. You see how it blends differently when you already put the color in, but because we want to make this really contrast saying we're gonna go and we delight, I think, to make it a contrast in color. So we're going to start from I live at the middle. I don't work our way up, - And I know you're gonna be like, Why don't you just start with the orange started or start with this color and I work? You wake up, you do get a different until you get a different effect. You really do. It's a different effect, and I really like this affect the stroking effects. Okay, we're gonna go with 11 last scholar on this and that is we're gonna use purple a dark purple. So you were just gonna make some small like because it's really gon trusting. We're gonna make not much of them now what you can also do to make tea to go really crazy. It's a blending as you can also go here in which a blending and then we're going in yellow . I want to use this one. A little bit of some strokes in a year is we already use that color. And the petal flower is going really nice. And one here, huh? Okay. One here. That's it. That's not their next line here. And we're gonna use the really hot. So again, we're gonna go to that line. We're gonna top it off with some purple on its 10. Finishing the petals: we're gonna top it off with some purple on its for is gonna do it all the way with a bank. Now, we're going with the things that we used a year on. Based on your preference, we're gonna go pretty high up here when I get really high up to have a little bit more depth in there, I'm gonna use something that's really lights. Had a more dementia. We're gonna use the light purple we used here. We're going to use that. Also here in the end, however, added almost, we're gonna put it in here. I think this is a bit flap if I know I look at it. So first we committed this bar and for depth part What I want to use this is really dark fall. Would a light purple. So we're gonna use to do d stewed together. Are we never gonna frame the edges with the same color? And we're also going to do this one? Well, im framed up with color and here we're going to start with the purple, the kind of lighter shade of purple. It's not, actually, it's really it's a dark shade. It's just a little bit lighter than the other one. We're gonna start here. Oh, and we're going to go old away. Up with the outline. We're gonna go in with this purple. Never first gonna go in with things. And there were boom back in with orange. Now we're going to do to same with this one as we did here. But instead of the pink, I'm gonna use the purple and there's gonna just frame in here just like the other one. We're going in whipping if you want to. Oh, so justice the other one, we're gonna completely make this first think they were gonna do the same as we did here. And now we're going in and see We're going to use this one look human orrange And they were going in Which dark one? But we're not going to do the light purple. Only the dark purple. Yeah, only it's on. You bid out of just getting too crowded. Also crowded. It's already crammed. Um, two or less Federal? No. Yet our last battle. We're gonna go in which a hot I caught everything hopping we're gonna go in with. I think you're gonna fill this part all the way. up it pink. Now I want to go. And with this color. So now we're going in with purple here. And to make it full, we're gonna use discolor or so in there. 11. Make your piece stand out: okay. Huh Uh, that. - So now that the piece is done, I'm going to add extra color here and there. This is what I like to do at the very end to just look at the piece as a whole and see where can I add extra color to make it more interesting? A different kind of colors to make it really pop. You didn't have to do this, but I highly recommended. I am going to use a little bit more color than I intended. So it's gonna change the piece up here and there. But it doesn't take a lot of time, and it's really fun to just do that at the end. And it's so easy to just, you know, remove it and use something else. And another color is just a really fun way to add extra details. Sure, friends. You can put a here to call her blue little bit, put a stripe of blue that looks really NYSE just so about playing around with color in the last second show you can do. You can also put a little bit of blue right here in the middle. That would be a year Get the stroke effect. No should do it here a little bit. But of contrast in it. Maybe here. This is just to show you what you can do with a piece like this, just to give it more color. And it's like an easy way to do it afterwards. And you can just sleep, you know, remove it if you don't like it anymore. And m I think colors also very personal. I really like to play around with colors. Look at my instruments a lot bluish and I have a lot of ocean oriented BCE's. But I really also love to play about with collar, even if its hair. Then you can use so many different colors just to create a different effects because they here we have two blue mm. Maybe it's nice to have here a Contra single. I'm thinking about the pink so that the upper it's up. It's coming back so you can have, like a contrast in color. Also year at the edge. It's not to contrast sting, but it is contrast. Sing for enough to pump it out here to stand at the edge. It's nice. It's a yellow, So this is just an example of what you can do to make peace really colorful. Really? Stand out. I mean, I think this is really cool here a little bit. I think it looks really cool to do it like this. What is also fun is I have here this a calorie having used in this piece here somewhere in Oh, look, uh, that's very different. Oh, right now, you didn't see the bank anymore. Oh, a little bit below here. And it's on both sides. It's just like an explosion off colors I love. It's You can also look online to see what color you really like. To contrast, he look up interesting. You look at, um, color ballads. That is really cool to see some stuff that contrasts with each other. Just gonna put one here and done. If I look here, I'm like moon. I think you should be a little bit more color. Maybe I can put a little bit here. He does have a look at the end. It appears I'm like, OK, work on it, but But but doesn't need because here I'm like, this is a little bit weird. Yellow doesn't have any other color in, but because the yellow is not a color we use before in the flour. It's maybe funds also used blue that we haven't used before in the color. So I think this looks really pretty. To be honest, I can't What little stripey here and here? No, I think it is done, to be honest, like it's really difficult. Me. I could go on and on and on and add different things and add more strokes at more colors. I love to do that and I can go on forever. Um, that's maybe my difficulty. I don't know when to stop when I'm to, like Okay, down Don't. But I think I'm done. But if you are now making this bees than just go on and it's so easy to remove any of these treads, you know, so easy to remove this and you could just add another color and just really look what you like. And I'm sure you can create some amazing color combinations that I haven't thought about like I don't know, do it re graters in black tones or white, you know, created with wide and then going with gray or really soft, um passed, so loves to see what you can do