Gradient color blends make embroidery pop

The winning gradient blend design

The winning gradient blend design

In graphic art it is called a gradient blend. It’s when one color gently blends into another color.

Some of our clients are eager to have this effect translated into embroidery. To achieve gradients in embroidery, two important things need to happen. One is skilled digitizing. This is one of the more challenging effects to pull off with an embroidery machine, and we are fortunate to have found a supplier with the requisite skill to do it. If the digitizing is off, the design won’t stitch properly, leading to a less than spectacular appearance and premature wearing or fraying.

The otherr key ingredient to creating gradient blends in embroidery is choice of thread colors. For this step you need a skilled human artist. You can get an entirely different look by how you select threads and the order in which they are stitched. Jolene has over ten years experience selecting thread colors, and of course she still experiments with new projects.

The top photo is the one that Sweet Home Ranger District ended up going with, although we made further tweaks. We wanted to show you two other versions to illustrate our creative process in the art form of blending threads. Keep in mind that we used the same digitizing file for all three versions. The difference between each version is the choice of thread colors.

Another version with different sky coloring

Another version with different sky coloring

Different thread colors create different looks

Different thread colors create different looks

At Creativity On we want our clients to be thrilled with our work, and we go the extra mile to try out different thread combinations. Rather than just select the first thing that looks good we confer with the client to get the right result based on their preferences. Often they are trying to match something that originated with print colors. When groups order dozens of embroidered jackets, we want them to be exquisitely pleased. We believe that our attention to detail and quality sets us apart from the competition.

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About Joshua Bagby

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One Response to Gradient color blends make embroidery pop

  1. Pingback: Gradient blends add the wow factor « Embroidery & Garment Printing in Salem, Oregon

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