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Creating 3D embroidery

We are all aware that 3D is very “in” thus one of the important ways to personalize your own embroidery in order to make it be prominent over and above all others is to add this kind of dimension to your embroidery technique. Adding dimension into your embroidery will bring out the personality and style as well as adding that 3D quality that will become uniquely your own.

Now you may consider that making this kind of 3D work is going to be complicated, as let’s say stumpwork is which is adding material under stitches that requires intricate placement, or you may fear some of the other techniques that have been utilized in this kind of dimensional embroidery. However, if you know how to embroider, then adding dimension with simple techniques will not present a problem for you.

Here’s how to do this:

Utilize dissimilar thread weights. When you utilize multiple thread weights it gives the embroidered piece dimension and intensity that could not be accomplished with a pattern that uses entirely the identical thread weight. Utilizing a heavier thread weight creates deeper embroidery as well as provides shadows, but a lightweight thread creates a delicate and light pattern instead. When the two are blended together, dimension is instantly added without ever leaving that embroidery canvas. Even though that now sounds ultra simple, you will need a bit of practice to find the faultless ideal harmony with different threads so that eventually the embroidery takes on a very natural feel to it.

By utilizing different colors of thread you will create shadows. After all, any three dimensional image has shadows, thus one of the most excellent manners to make the embroidery appear three-dimensional is to actually embroider various shadows into the design. Try using darker shades of thread color than you are currently using for what is represented in the light and then graduating these darker colors directly onto the embroidery in order to create the actual effect of natural shadows. Artists suggest that when working in lighter colors you may utilize two to even three graduated colors, but for working with darker colors you may find that you can use up to four or five darker shades of graduation. Practice making natural looking shadows on a sample so that you understand the concept well. You may need to practice a bit, but eventually you will catch on and find it relatively easy to work with such shadowing.

Utilize textured threads. Silk threads, pearl threads and wool threads all bring forth different results when utilized in embroidery. You then can combine many different textures directly into your embroidery, which will then yield you a truly dimensional image. Use the light airy threads for things such as the delicate patterns of flowers, and the coarser textured threads for structures such as houses and assorted buildings.

Utilize different stitches: In addition to the above, using different stitches will also create unlike effects. You can then closely match the stitching style to the kind of image you desire to create for each portion of your piece, thus adding a tremendous amount of dimension as well as texture.

Do not worry about incorporating numerous types of patterns, threads and patterns in order to achieve your desired result. The more variations you incorporate into an embroidered design, the more you make it your own creation and it will be full of dimension. The very best embroidered pieces trick your eyes and thus bring the viewer a small surprise of small detail each time they view it. Hopefully it will be yours!

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