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Hand Embroidery: How to Trace Your Design and Pick the Right Colors

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

Hand Embroidery: How to Trace Your Design and Pick the Right Colors

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Picking the image

    • 3. Tracing the picture

    • 4. Window tracing

    • 5. Color

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to trace and pick the colors for your embroidery project. In this video I will go over:

  • Why certain images work better then others
  • tracing without using a printer or any other electric device
  • placing on the fabric
  • final touches on the tracing
  • picking the colors for your project 014a15f7

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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: Hi. My name is Florence. I'm itself thought embroidery artists. I want to show you how to choose your own designs and how to choose your own colors without to use of a pattern or a guide to show you how to do it. Um, in my projects, I like to use a lot of different techniques shading or makes medium. I wanna show you how to do that. How to pick your design, how to trace design, how to actually get it on a fabric in a way so you can stitch it and not feel like you need a pattern or any of that. Just you a picture fabric and a needle and some flaws. Um, for me, this is the most from part. Also, two picks a colors. I will show you how I do it. It's not that difficult. It's just, um, picking and choosing a making decisions. I also going to show you from the reference from a book how I look at it from a viewpoint from an embroidery if he points. So Okay, I see a design. How'm I gonna trace this? What is it? Good size. What is how do I trace it in a way that I, um, can use it for embroidery. So I know the shading colors, etcetera. So after the class, I hope you feel confident enough to start your own project. Trace something, use your colors and just start with embroidery. 2. Picking the image: So we start with a book you can see in the notes the the link from the book. It's always good to credit the artists. I think it's like blight, and you should really do it if you use ah illustration or something off that kind. But I wanted to show is, for instance, in his first page by I would not choose it for a new embroidery project. I think that it sounds a bit pretentious. It does. I'm sorry, but I think when I see this flower, the flower that you know, see the pink one. I think it's a little bit too simple. I see not that money colors. I love to use a lot of colors, a lot of shades, and in my view, I I just feel like there's not enough colors that I can work with in the picture. So my decision is then to not use his design. Okay, so now we're coming to the flesh eating plans. Um, the reason why I don't want to do this one is because there first of all, the gorgeous it's really pretty. Look at all the structures. Look at all that. The reason is, is because for this project that I'm going to do it. It I wanna have, like, something that will take me not that long. If I see all those little round things and artists off like all these little tiny things I know that's going to take me a lot of time to make and it's gonna probably annoy me after wow and then I don't finish it. That's my problem. If it's too, if it's too money, tiny like little things and I just I get annoyed. Um, let me see. What more Also gorgeous. Gorgeous. Too much work mushrooms. Same thing? Well, actually, no mushrooms would be a really nice thing, but I don't know I wasn't feeling it. This is also too much different texture, a lot of tiny stitches. That's actually very gorgeous, but a little bit to energy to simple. Ah, too little, not enough shaded, Not enough like Gong trust scholars. For me, here we are again with this one. Actually, that long looks really good, but it's also too much work. Mader's are also very pretty, but I've been there too boring. So much to say. This is very pretty. I would like that dot is very pretty Because look at the contrast to shading. That would be something I would like to do. M maybe I just don't like it. I just don't like it. It is interesting. It has a lot of texture and color but and then I do like this. I do like this. I keep that in mind. I like that one love shading. That's also nothing that I want to work with. Lovely shading. But I do like to shape. Oh yeah, None of Shadwell Too much work, Too much work, too much lights. I need detail. We saw that already. He said this already also. Sorry also too much work. Okay, now I went to the whole thing and dairy are I saw that? What? I think that is really cool. Look at those scholars. I think it's a beat. I'm all right. I think I am. I hope I am. Look at that. That's like a lot of colors, A one direction different, like very subtle, but also not you could make a lot of contrasts with it. I love these shape and I love that it has brown tunes in like PCI and different kind of reds and paying, um, like the lines. I really like this. That's why how I look at it, I'm like, Okay, how much shading can I do? How many different? Like how? Maney difference. Ah, colors. Can I use also? Look at it a little bit from the back. Like you see it. It's pretty. I love it. That's the one. Now let's get going to the O tracing part. 3. Tracing the picture: So now we're going ahead with the tracing part. Um, I'm gonna show you how to trace that picture for embroidery. So we're gonna use tracing paper. I mean, everybody is aware with tracing paper is you can get it anywhere. Um, I'm just gonna use your normal black Ben for difficult things you can use, like, first a pencil and then, you know, then use band and erase it. Um, I'm just very bad at ah, illustrating. See, I'm already going bad here, so I should have used Bensel. But I'm just going ahead and do to get and put my glasses on. That might help. It didn't e need to turn up. Okay, so we're going all the way around. Just follow the shape. I mean, this is kind of straightforward. Speaks for itself, I think. Okay. Also stems. And now is the important part. We're gonna makes up the tracing so that we can use it for em. Bordry. So I'm gonna outline the dark colors. So the dark colors that I see I'm gonna make some black, so I know where to, um, go it my shading and where to stop and read to blend Z out of color in. I'm also gonna, um, make a line where the, uh, ready utter color comes in. So body overlap is so you see here that the color, the lighter color is coming in place and at this side is also distinction, but is a different color. So that's more for two shading. Okay, so the next video I'm gonna show you how to get it on the fabric. 4. Window tracing: So now we're going to start with the tracing. Just put the your design on the window. I've, um it's able in front of me, which is really annoying. So don't do doubt. Um, but you're just gonna sit you get is gonna get your hope and your hope should, uh, just turn it around. So that's like the the other side's. The flat surface is on the window, and as you can see, the there's enough light coming in for you to just easily trace it. So you just tracing it? Um, I'm using Ah, Bensel. That's my referred matter. Mets it, um, if it's not completely, you know, to shape that it should be. Then I always, you know, the inside. You won't see any way any outside. I can always like, you know, fix it a bit afterwards. But if you're not confident enough to do that, then just get yourself a sellable Ben. You can get some anywhere. Just look on any embroidery side or wherever you can get. Um, you know, they like to shop online or any hobby crafts store. So that's it, actually. Well, this is a long you know. I don't know This is how I do it. It is a long like it takes a long time. Like I really should buy him one of those, like light tables or light pads. But I don't know. This feels like I'm more in control of it. I don't know. This is my message that I like. 5. Color: Okay. So never going to part very big our colors. I thought it would be best to start with something how you can do it online and easy way to pick out colors and then, um, you know, matched out, but threat that you see online or you can go to the store but your phone and just matched the colors. It's a nice way to do it and an easy way if you're not really at ease with begin colors or , um, finding the right color for your project. Sorry, I needed some wine into me. While, you know, it's all about toe embroidery lifestyle also chocolate. And okay, so what we're gonna do you Oh, by the way, you have, like, a lot off otter size. I'm using photo shop because it's Andy. And, um well, it's nice to do to scream recording, but you can also use color lovers. I have the details in the project. I will super DSM notes in it so you can see all the websites Ray can choose. Um, Reagan Noblet your photo and then have your colors with it. Okay, So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go, but my color picker. Mm. Yeah, thanks to the darkest shade. But as I see now, it's a little bit reddish. This is more preference. I like it a bit more purple e because I I kind of like that. So it's also about preference, but maybe this is a bit too purple, Lee. I don't know. Yeah, like I'm really doing it. Now wait back. Oh, grab Sorry. I'm just I thought it would be cool to just do this two way. You know, I would do it. Okay, so I make it a little bit more purple and then ideo um, yet so But this is not a photo shop tutorial. So just only look at, like, the colors that I'm choosing, but, you know, for the rest. And I'm really gonna explain how disease works because ludes of utter classes for that, this is more about where I'm gonna, um which colors I think would be useful to use. Um, so we have to darkest Spartan. Let me see, Then I think, um, so you have to dark whispered, and I wanna have toe light pink. And that's good, because I always have with the color picker what I really like is that I can see. I think, um, like, when I pick out colors of thread, I tend to go way too light that it just is off when I use. Ah. When I used to embroider in here a seed acted colors really good. Oh, damn it, I need so, Yeah. So that's nice. He likes a combo. Uh huh. But more. I like this. This is really a little bit more. Yeah, a bit more to the brownish beachside. I'm going to use that. I'm gonna use that in this. Yeah. I'm not going to use the green for now, for it is because it's, you know, I think it's two shades of green and Ah, yeah, I don't think it's really that big of, ah, color picker. I think I agree. We look good. Okay, um, now I think this because it's the lightest. Um, yeah, are going to do that here. Uh, now I wanna change it around a little bit. Oh, wait. It isn't work. Whatever. Well, so I think this is a really nice pallet to work with. I mean, I'm probably gonna use more, but I think it's also nice. Not to use too much. I think this is a nice base off what to use of what I want. So this is how I picked my colors. And I really hope that you guys will feel more confident about making your own project. And, um, yeah, I would love to see what you guys will do. It's a project. And if you have any questions, please ask me, Um also feedback. I love it. I mean, you know, this is like my dirt one that I'm doing, and I'm not, You know, I'm no American or English or my I'm Dutch. Um, yeah. So it feels a little bit awkward for me, but I hope you know, I'm pleasant to listen to. Great. Well, thank you so much for joining me. Andi, good luck.