PLAYING WITH SPARKLE

by Alexandra Stratkotter, @floralsandflossembroidery
Le 12 December 2019
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    ALEX'S DMC THREAD CHOICE

    Using some sparkle in floral embroidery is one of my favorite ways to add interest and dimension to a piece. You can use shimmery floss as an accent in your work, to make your embroidery pop! To add shimmery accents to my work I take 6 strands of Light Effects, or a doubled-up strand of Diamant Grandé, and add it to my leaves, petals, and/or flower centers. 






    WORKING WITH METALLICS

    When using light effects floss you can split the floss into 3 and double it up to get the perfect thickness, making it easier to work with. A thread conditioner works really well for light effects floss as well. Thread conditioner keeps any thread nice and smooth, even Six-Strand Embroidery Floss. Thread conditioner will also make threading your needles easier. However, the main reason I recommend a thread conditioner for speciality threads like metallics is to keep the polyesters and speciality fibre contents from splitting!  



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    ADDITIONAL TIPS & TRICKS

    In my opinion, the real trick is to use just the right amount of sparkle, thus adding dynamics to your needlework! Balanced dynamics can be accomplished through accenting. If you use too much sparkle, a piece can look too busy. Careful! If you use too little, it won't have the same visual interest. That's why I prefer to use my shimmery floss as an accent instead of stitching a piece with metallics exclusively. Diamant Grandé has a really lovely shimmer, and is easy to work with. You can even easily accomplish those pesky french knots in the center of a flower! 




    BEYOND THE SKEINS

    Get creative. You don't have to stop at floss when it comes to playing with sparkle! You can use beads, metallic fabric (velvet would be lovely), or even shimmery fabric paint. Explore new canvases and use a shimmery Stitchable Mesh as your base! Why not? The best part of embroidery (and crafting in general) is the process and playing around. 


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