Embroidery Pops on Black

Embroider bright colors on a back background and you have a project that pops.

Finding true black fabrics are key to bump up the contrast. Kona makes a 100% cotton broadcloth that is a bit heavier than normal quilting cottons.  If your black fabric is on the thin side, you may want to add interfacing. Shape Flex is a good choice and it is available in black.

Applique, like these trendy tulips by Blue Stitch Sky, provides more real estate to contrast with the black background.

Thicker lacy designs, like this one from the paisley quilt collection by C-Some-Stitches, are really beautiful when embroidered on black.

The bullion rose doily by Ace Points  would make a stunning decorative pillow. Even though it is a freestanding lace design, it could be stitched on fabric.

This flower monogram, by Dainty Stitches, jumps off of the fabric, almost glowing against a crisp back background.

Softer designs, like the multi-colored Rippled Butterfies by Ace Points

and the tonal floral mandala from Kreations by Kara, look quite dimensional.

Designs like the Khokhloma neck ornament by Art Embroidery can give, even a standard t-shirt, a touch of elegance.

Stitching any of these designs with a 30-weight cotton thread will separate the embroidery from the fabric even more.