June '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 4 P R I N T W E A R J U N E 2 0 1 9 2 4 P R I N T W E A R J U N E 2 0 1 9 EMBROIDERY Erich's Embellishments ANALYZE AND REPEAT Whether you are copying the counted 'X's' of cross stitch, the various back-stitch shapes of blackwork, or even reproducing the sur- face of a knit fabric, you'll always start by identifying the visible parts of the stitch that exemplify its style. Look to stitch angles, rela- tive thickness, and stitch placements visible in the surface of an original example as these all lend to its character. Once you've identi- fied these elements employing the techniques previously discussed to create motifs that can be repeated, pay attention to start and stop points and direction of travel. Your motif should end where the next begins. This way, your new stitch can be applied to digitized lines or fill areas seamlessly. has given us a shine-free thread that runs like standard polyester with the benefits of extreme light-fastness, resistance to industrial laundry, and reliable durability. Though it doesn't have the fuzz of a cotton thread, this matte finish is an easy way to hint at the vintage look or to give pieces digitized to emulate hand-embroidered styles a subdued look and uniform flat color without the cleanup and adjustments that thick or loose-fibered threads require. MOTIVATED BY MOTIFS For many, the use of shaped stitches and motifs also signifies the hand-worked style. We can combine our aforementioned methods for achieving thickness and texture with mock versions of common stitches used in folk embroidery to achieve folk and bohemian looks, even emulating stitches technically impossible for a machine to cre- ate by analyzing and copying their most iconic traits. Though we already enjoy the ability of our machines to outstrip hand-work with their extreme speed, we benefit even more from the ability of our digitizing programs to let us create and apply our own custom motifs to fill areas and repeat on paths, making the process of creating even complicated motif designs quite simple. This piece recreates a traditional folk flower motif in a thick, wool-blend thread, combining a traditional satin stitch with adjusted densities and a back-stitch motif included in most digitizing software as a standard setting to make a convincingly rustic finish.

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