Making Embroidery Bold and Beautiful

Turn up your color adjustment, just a bit. By using certain combinations, you can take your embroidery from ordinary to stunning.

There is a real science to color theory, and these samples will show you why some colors work so well together.

Monotone Color Theory

Monotone colors blend well for shading or to achieve an overall tone. That gives a more natural feeling to the 3D Organza Owl from Ananda’s Divine Designs.

Primary and Secondary Color Theory

Secondary colors of bright green, orange, and purple work well together. That is why you see them so often in Halloween projects like Crazy Spooky Halloween Blocks 2 from Molly Mine.

Analogous Color Theory

Color combinations like oranges, reds, and purples work so well together because they are side-by-side on the color wheel.

This Diaper/Beach Bag from Erina’s Designs really pops with bright colors.

Sweet Heirloom Embroidery uses adjacent colors to blend beautifully in their Decorative Quilt Blocks.

Complimentary Color Theory

Colors on opposite sides of the color wheel complement each other. That is why teal and coral are beautiful together, like Molly Mine’s pretty Crazy Quilt Series 4, Part 3.

The Retro Quilt Hawaiian Summer block from Ananda’s Divine Designs combines the best of all color theory. Analogous colors of blues and green as well as complementary combinations of yellows and blues/purples.

Contrasting Background

Of course, bright colors are pretty on white but they really pop on black, which gives them a neon-like quality like the Rose Butterflies from CSome Stitches.

Kreative Kiwi combined a contrasting background middle block with analogous colors in their Quilt Swirls 11 block.

These tips will help you make your projects bright and bold.

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