Over the last few weeks I have been working on the new Christmas collection for 2017. This collection was inspired by some wrapping paper! As there are already several collections at Graceful Embroidery in the usual seasonal colour schemes, I have decided to use a very different group of colours, jades, olive greens, greys and rich spicy colours like russet, maples and cinnamon along with copper and silver metallic thread. The development of these designs, takes advantage of the wonderful digitising tools available in Wilcom e4, the latest version of the commercial software that I have been using. The designs have a slight “grunge” feel to them like Amore Grunge, Fleur de Grunge and Morning grunge, characterised by tiny elements and open leaves.
These are the Sulky Rayon colours I have used with alternative more traditional suggestions in brackets:
- 1063 Pale yellow green (630 Moss green)
- 1275 Sea mist (Bone 502)
- 1204 Pastel jade (1147 Christmas red)
- 1205 Medium jade (1835 Peapod green)
- 1207 Sea foam green (1211 Khaki green)
- 1229 Light putty
- 1508 Putty
- 1211 Khaki green
- 1011 Steel grey (1211 Khaki green)
- 1085 Silver
- 1180 Medium taupe
- 1071 Off white
- 1022 Cream
- 502 Bone
- 1149 Deep ecru
- 1313 Bittersweet (1024 Golden rod)
- 568 Cinnamon (1159 Temple gold)
- 1056 Medium tawny tan (1039 True red)
- 1158 Dark maple (1169 Bayberry red)
Along with Sulky 30 Metallic silver (7001) and dark copper (7020) for a little sparkle, I have included more double satin stitches in this collection which give a wonderful raised effect without becoming too dense. This works extremely well for the faces of the angels. It is always my intention to add lots of options and variety to a collection and it is important too include some borders, panels and corners which can show case the designs when embroidering larger projects. So along with the angels, the various leaves, ribbons, baubles and small elements I have created some pastel designs for contrasting work. These use very pale colours or they can be successfully stitched out in just one colour. For these designs I suggest the use of maybe some white metallic thread, like Sulky 30 metallic prism white. This photo shows a combinations of 2 designs from the first set and how they form a lovely delicate panel.
The colours I have used are the very palest:
- 520 Bone
- 508 Sand
- 1331 Pale green
- 1082 Ecru
- 1061 Palest yellow
- 1001 Bright white
- 1002 Soft white
There are several options when it comes to the angels. As well as a choice of colours, there are two outlines of the skirt in each design, so an applique can be added easily and here I have used English cotton net and embellished the angel with pearls. Due to her size which only around 3″ high, patterned lace may be too much.The other option is to use the open fill stitches.
For those who prefer to use a green and red colour scheme the detailed PDF gives information on possible conversions. See how the colours effects three of the designs.
To test the quality of these designs there is a freebie to download from my website.
I do hope you love these designs as much as I do. This year I was determined to get my Christmas collection out early so you all had time to create something very special for December. Who knows I may have time to do something else as well! It has been fun creating them and the first set of 28 designs for 4″ x 4″ hoops, will be released today.
To view the designs take a peek at this video on YouTube.
3 more sets for larger hoops will follow soon including this one which at the moment is my favourite.
Its a little early to say Happy Christmas so Happy dreaming, planning and embroidering from Hazel