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The selection of colours for a fuchsia flower

When I created the Renaissance fuchsia designs I developed just one flower with various colour ways. By selecting another set of threads I encourage your to experiment with colour. Before releasing Renaissance Fuchsias 3 I decided to try a different colour scheme, one that reflects a fuchsia that I simply adore.

Out of over 50 varieties Delta’s Sarah is one of the most rewarding fuchsias that I grow. I love it because it is a hardy fuchsia which survives every winter in the garden as well as in tubs, flowering prolifically without fail. It’s flowers fade to a pink tinge making it easy to deadhead easily and quickly. Getting purples and mauves can be difficult in photography but you can see it’s beauty here. The white sepals curl up in a very graceful way adding to its beauty. I hope one day to digitise it properly giving it is own collection.

For this particular stitch out I selected a dark cream silk dupion and used Sulky Rayon 1809 Iced mauve for the scroll work instead of 1070 Gold. This blends nicely with this particular shade of silk as some of the fibres in the silk appear to be that colour. What a huge contrast this has made to the finished embroidery.

For the small blossoms I used Robison Anton Eggshell 2343. This is the one of the few non Sulky threads that I use regularly as nothing else quite captures this delicate shade. I decided to try a lighter coloured leaf and used Sulky Rayon Light Avocado 1209 for the leaves and 630 Moss green for the veins. The leaves of fuchsias are very distinct to the enthusiast and I can recognise many of my varieties just by their leaves. I was pleased with this lighter leaf colour.

It is important to know the names of the various parts of a fuchsia flower. Remember that the sepals are at the top and they enclose the flower before it opens to reveal with petals underneath. As I have selected various colours for the purple/red, red/white and white fuchsias, their stitch outs vary a little. However this chart gives you some idea of which colours to use.

I used Sulky Rayon Ecru 1082 for the inner petals and upon reflection this should have been a light mauve or medium dark ecru like 1054. I used the later for the edging of these petals. The sepals were stitched in Sulky Rayon 1071 Off white at the sides and Sulky Rayon Soft white 1002 in the front. It would appear that there is little difference between these two shades but that is the point of careful blending. Sulky Rayon Gold 1070 was used for both the stigma and style. It appears that I totally missed out the stamens on this design!! Not to worry, it will be corrected before the designs are released as you will see later in this blog.

The skirt or petals of the fuchsias have three shades of purple as shown here. Again these must be subtle. I choose to place the lighter shade at the side but that is in fact the wrong way. Depending on the direction of the light, you will usually find that upon close examination of a flower the colours will be lighter in the centre closest to you and slightly darker at the sides where the flower is further away. Using this rule will give your embroidery depth.

The colours I used for the petals starting with the lightest through to the darkest are Sulky Rayon Dark orchid 1033, Plum wine 1813, and 1545 Purple accent. The veins in the petals were embroidered with Sulky Rayon Whisper grey 1325 and the veins for the petals were embroidered with Sulky Rayon Black 1005. You could also use a very dark purple. Reflecting on this stitch out I decided to stitch it again so it could be improved. Knowing when to stop and not continue for perfection can be a challenge! I admit that there is always room for improvement but stitching it again gives me the opportunity to prove how important your colour selections are to get successful blending.

Here you see the beginnings of my second stitch out. How much better it looks with a paler purple for the under skirt. I used Sulky Rayon Medium purple 1032 with Sulky Rayon 1545 Purple accent around the edge and embroidered the side petals in Sulky Rayon 1813 Plum wine.

Now I have a confession. I messed this up again, embroidering a darker purple for the lower centre petals! Fortunately I was able to restitch it in the right shade of purple so the stitch out was a success. The lower area of the main petal was embroidered with Sulky Rayon 1814 Orchid kiss and Sulky Rayon 1033 Dark orchid was embroidered on the top section with black veining. You may find as I do, when trying to find a group of threads to blend that you do not have enough choices.

They also look different when selected on your embroidery machine screen or in your software, highlighted by these two photos taken in different lights! The second one is what I was aiming for.

What a vast improvement this second stitch out it especially as the stamens are included!!! Well worth the effort. If you change the colours of your fuchsias do keep a record, preferably another stitch file, with a different name. When colours are so similar it cna be very hard to identify them afterwards.

This is a lovely design and is part of Renaissance Fuchsias 3 which is being released today. There are some exciting designs in this set including this lace border with pale hummingbirds with a hint of pale blue on their necks. I have added this lace border as I feel most collections should have some designs suitable for frames and borders. As you may want to embroider just the border I have added it as an extra design.

I plan to do more embroidery designs featuring fuchsias at some point and anticipate that they will be more detailed reflecting individual favorites that I grow.

Happy embroidering in 2020 from Hazel

8 thoughts on “The selection of colours for a fuchsia flower

  1. Only a true gardener would be able to come up with such detailed coloring in embroidery. It is one of the reasons that this gardener truly appreciates your attention to detail that other digitizers wouldn’t even think about. It allows the embroiderer to be creative in their own artistic coloring, perhaps with their own favorite flower. There is no limit to the color possibilities with such designs. I am so looking forward to the release of one of my favorite flowers.

  2. It seems that no matter how many spools I have, I never have quite enough shades. I can appreciate your effort to find and use what is “just right”. I admitted to just getting close to right much of the time. You are inspiring me to consider growing some fuchsia as well! How cold does it get in winter in your area? Thanks again!

      1. Sadly, even though I live in the southern part of Missouri in the US, we still have many days below freezing, so not likely to do well outdoors. But perhaps I could bring one inside a couple of months when it is too cold. I guess I thought all of England was pretty cold in the winter! Always learning! Thanks.

  3. Your Fuchsias are glorious. I wish I could grow them but it’s to cold. Your embroidery captures them beautifully.

  4. Good morning Hazel! I love the new Fuchsia’s, they’re spectacular! The attention to detail never escapes you. They really are lovely. I’d love to see a picture of your gardens with them blooming! I would be grateful if you would sign me up for the Pre order once again! I would also like to ask where can I find the download to keep track of what we have ordered? I looked around but could not figure out where it might be. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creativity with all of us! Robin F Aurora, Tx

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  5. Hi Hazel, You have truly captured the beauty of the fuchsia flower not only in the digitizing of the embroidery design but in the color combinations that are required in order to obtain just the right colors to give due diligence in portraying the elegance of this flower..

  6. Hazel, you do such a beautiful job of blending colors. Wish I could grow fuschias year round here, as they are lovely, graceful plants that attract hummingbirds which I adore but, I am limited to the few summer months we have here in New York as our winters are quite cold and they would not survive. Thanks for sharing all your helpful tips with us.

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