7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

April 5, 2012
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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

    1. Print a template(s) of your embroidery design so you can plan the embroidery layout. Place it on the item (garment, home décor, craft or quilt) and critique its placement and size.

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    2. Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that you embroider on all the time in your test stash. Use this resource when testing a design for a final project. Fill every available inch with test designs then toss it when there’s no more room for additional tests.If you’re stitching on plain fabric, always buy more than you’ll need so you have material to use for a test stitch-out.So many problems can be avoided by stitching a test of the design with the fabric, stabilizer and thread combo that you’ll be using for the final project.
    3. Press the fabric – use starch and steam to get the fabric to behave. Press the stabilizer if it’s wrinkled so it will lay flat behind the fabric.
    4. Hoop on a flat, sturdy surface, not your lap. Ironing boards work in a pinch but best results are achieved when hooping on a solid surface, such as a cutting table and mat. Use the lines on the mat to square the fabric in the hoop.

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    1. Select the right hoop for the job. The best hold is achieved with the smallest hoop for the design. For instance, a 4” x 4” hoop is the best choice for a 2 ½” x 3” design.

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    1. Insert a fresh needle when starting a new embroidery project.

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  1. Learn how to use simple embroidery editing software. You probably don’t need a full-blown digitizing system but a simple sizing and editing program can do 75% of daily embroidery tasks. Rotating, merging, mirror imaging and sizing designs are the top four chores I do to almost every design I stitch.

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This week’s assignment:

I need your help! Tell me what color combination of the images shown is your favorite. Keep in mind that you’re not looking at actual fabric swatches, these are just thumbnails of colors. Your answers will help me when I’m shopping for fabrics and will place your name in a random drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to Designs website. I can’t wait to see what you choose.

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The FOUR winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

We LOVE bling and we want to hear from all of you that also LOVE bling!  This week we will give away FOUR Crystal Eye Candy kits courtesy of Design by Dawn. Tell us what you would embellish with your own set of crystals. Four random winners will be drawn and will win one Kit listed below.

Prizes include:
Tropical Kit
Light Kit
Winter Kit
Sweet Kit

Each kit includes 480 crystals– all neatly organized in a handy container. Talk about beautiful, sparkly eye-candy!  Plus, you’re getting nothing but the best!  All crystals are Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements.

The FOUR winners are….

   Tropical Kit:  Michelle Rasmussen:

“I just bought my first tiny bag of crystals and a heat wand yesterday! I am adding them to my embroidered can koozies for an up coming bachelorette party! I didn’t think they would be so easy to use. I love adding a little or aLOTof bling to my embroidery. My next project will be on an embroidered top that I am making for my mom for mother’s day. Would love to add some bling to that!”

Light Kit:  Linda Lynch

“I like to use bling on cosmetic bags I make and fill for women’s shelters.”

Winter Kit:  Lila Smith

“I like the tee shirt, hadn’t thought about doing a design on an angle. Lorraine, you are missed!  It was always a pleasure to talk with you.  Hope your new location is wonderful.

Eileen, congratulations.  I wish you happiness and only the best in the years to come.  I look forward to receiving your magazine and can hardly wait for a new one to arrive.

I want to make some purses with bling on them.”

Sweet Kit:  Judy Wentz

“I would put bling on the tiaras I embroidered with metallic thread for my friends to wear at quilt retreat.  we all look so good in our pajamas and tiaras!”

Thank you everyone for participating!  Congrats to our four lucky winners and thank you Design by Dawn!  If you weren’t one of the four winners, stop by the Design by Dawn website to browse the colorful assortment of crystal goodies.

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257 Responses to 7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

  1. Christine Everitt on April 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Love Group e.

    • Bonnie Readie on April 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      I’m a Jewel tone girl. Group D

    • Peggy on April 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I like group c. This is the first time I’ve read your blog but I really enjoyed it.

    • Pat on April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Love Group e

    • Deb on April 10, 2012 at 12:44 am

      Group E please.

    • Cathy on April 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      I pick group A for value change and contrast. Group E has some nice movement, and I would keep that in mind when looking for fabric in the group A color range. Then it will keep your eye moving within the quilt. The colors in B, C and D all appear to have the same values.

    • joni on April 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      I love group D and would embellish everything – I am a bling girl. I even blinged my school shirt.

    • Kathleen on April 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      I like view E. Great color combination.

    • Deborah Ervin on January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Group D

    • Karen on July 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I prefer C as I like the subtle pastel colours – reminds me of spring. I’ve just enjoyed reading your hints and tips. I’ll be reading your future issues.

  2. Terrie Underwood on April 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I love the yellow, green, brown colorway. It reminds me of cool summer treats of ice cream cones topped with lemon and lime sorbet. Fresh and tangy and oh so cool!

  3. Debbie Cossins on April 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    luv D

  4. Diana Casparian on April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hi, this was hard for me on the above assignment. I originally chose group C, but upon squinting, I felt that it was all too similar and nothing popped. So my final answer is group A because I like the color combo and it has some visual interest with the 2 colors next to each other.

  5. Brenda McNeil on April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    It’s group C for me. Bright and cheerful and with Easter this weekend, reminds me I need to color some eggs!

  6. Carol on April 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Gotta vote for C, fits the season

  7. Sheryl Matthews on April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Group E. It is soothing to me. The two belong together.

  8. linda j on April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love D, reminds me of the sea.

  9. Paula Roney on April 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    They are all pretty, but I love group D. Nice and bright!

  10. Kathy on April 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Group D. Love that combination!

  11. Pat on April 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Group C is my first choice because I just like the colors–they’re happy and versitle. But Group E has real possibilities for some elegant items.

  12. Lori W on April 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I love D, it reminds me of the ocean!

  13. Marlene caprinolo on April 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I chose group E. It just looks so elegant. I love the light and the dark, they really compliment each other. I think it would make a great color block pillow..

  14. Anne Marie Reilly on April 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I like group E, but I love group D. Those are the colors that I wear.

  15. rosalee on April 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Group A, I love the nature colors! rosalee

  16. Mitzi on April 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Group A – blue summer skies and mountains!

  17. Carol Jenks on April 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Group D. Love the color combination – my two favorite colors.

  18. Jean Maumenee on April 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I like the bright colors of Group B. It makes an eye popping statement.

  19. karin on April 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Group D makes me think I’m at the beach – and I loooove the beach!!

  20. Kathy on April 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I like combination D. It is a bright combination

  21. Jean Fehl on April 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Group C caught my eye first. Looks like Spring.

  22. Angi on April 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Group D Ilove that combination.

  23. Cathy grace on April 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Groping A. Love blues and browns!

  24. Susan J on April 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I think Group E, but I like D almost as well.

  25. Paule-Marie on April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I like D the best.

  26. Linda Sorensen on April 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    My favorite is Group D

  27. Clem on April 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love group E. I love the swirl in the dark fabric. Very elegant.

  28. Hazal T on April 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Group E, light and dark contrast always makes an eye catching quilt, always prefer tone on tone as it softens the overall effect.

  29. Susan Burns on April 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Not my usual colors, but group C looks so refreshing!

  30. Tina Williams on April 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    My favorite is group B, I love group d also though but B is fav

  31. Barb Miller on April 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I like “A” best.

  32. Bev Morrow on April 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Group D–always makes me feel good!

  33. Donna J on April 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I love the contrast in Group E. I think the colors go to well good and they are like day and night.

  34. Cathie Paski on April 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I like Group A the best. I can just see a nice home decor project using these colors. Very popular color combination’

  35. Elaine on April 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I like color – – almost all colors. But if I have to choose it will be A. Love that blue!

  36. Pat Silvernell on April 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I would go with D as they are two of my best colors.

  37. Gail Beam on April 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I like group D and E equally. They both have so many possibilities.
    Gail

  38. Judy G on April 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Difficult to choose, but I finally settled on Group E. It reminds me of a Spring storm; one minute clear blue sky, the next a gray sky filled with thunderhead clouds. Of course, the fabric I’d choose greatly depends on the project planned for it.

  39. Chris Thiessen on April 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Love Group A!!

  40. Mary Catherine on April 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Congrats Eileen.
    I would embellish my granddaughter’s new Denim Jacket. I have put an embroidery design on the back and would complete it with some bling. She’s a girly girl and would love this. Thanks

  41. Barbara Rowlan Wong on April 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Group A reallly attracts me. Perhaps because those are the colors I’ve been using a lot lately. A happy combination that really pops! ~barbara

  42. LeAnne L on April 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Group E is nice.

  43. Sue Anderson on April 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I like the contrast and interest in group A the best. They would look great with designs embroidered with the other color ( brown thread on the blue & vice versa). Group E could be interesting with some bright colors of thread embroidered on them, the fabrics would almost be neutral.

  44. Shirley R on April 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Group E, with A as a second.

  45. Sharon Blaylock on April 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Group D

  46. Doris Van Peeren on April 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I love Group D. Would look so cute for a baby quilt – not boring.

  47. Bonnie C on April 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Group C would be my first choice with group D a close second.

  48. Jo of So TX on April 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I like Group E best. And great 7 tips, thanks!

  49. Judyc on April 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Group A is my choice. I liked how those two colors play off each

  50. Bernie Webre on April 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Group C gets my vote. I’m actually working on a project with those colors.

  51. Lila Smith on April 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Group A is a favorite, the brown makes the blue a star. B is nice, just am not an orange color person, C has so many possibilities and looks cool, D”s blue is nice but that shade of green doesn’t do anything for me, and E is such a nice contrast. Use the orange in B and add the green in D would make some one happy as they are so bright. I actually like them all and would enjoy them. Have a nice shopping trip. Lila

  52. Lila Smith on April 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you so very much for the Winter Bling crystals. I’m looking forward to receiving them. It was a pleasant surprise to see that I’d won them. Now I can put them to use on a purse or jacket.
    Again, many thanks. Lila

  53. Rita Dougherty on April 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    D for me.

  54. Jean Eason on April 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Group C So summery and reminds me of citrus!

  55. Doree Shandera on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I would pick group E. I love seeing black tones with bright colors.
    In January I won the coupon for designs from Bunnycup.com. What fabulous designs. It took quite a while to decide whick ones I would pick, there is such an array of designs. They sew out beautifully. A huge thank you to Ashlea Stoodley from Bunnycup, she not only donated the prizes, but also was sure to tell me about a great sale they were having so that I could really capitalize on the prize. Great company, hope you will all take a look.

  56. Linda Coleman on April 6, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I love group E

  57. sheila on April 6, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I love the group D I think about everything I wear is in the blue or earthtone family.

  58. Amy Vining on April 6, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Group c looks very refreshing and inviting!

  59. Nancy N on April 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I like the lightness of group D- it looks like the freshness of my garden

  60. Nancy Borger on April 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I love group B. I also notice these are very popular for the Spring Fashions coming out!

  61. Bobbie23nc on April 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

    My favorite is group C but then yellow is my favorite color!

  62. Barbara on April 6, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I like B and E — one to energize, one to calm!

  63. Colleen Bell on April 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Eileen, congratulations on your marriage! May God bless you with a wonderful marriage.

    Only one week away from us. Even if you weren’t on your honeymoon, you could have stayed away longer. We all need some time away and I am sure you are exhausted from all that earlier wedding planning. Enjoy your new week.

    It was such a hard choice, but I think A would be my decision.

  64. Chris on April 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Group A is my choice. I’ve loved that combination since I was a little girl, and I guess I still do. I like the others, too, but my eye went to A first!

  65. claudine on April 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Since pink is my favorite color I have to go with group B. But several other combos were also good.

  66. Sandy Sanger on April 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I was drawn to C, they seem to belong together

  67. Mary Anne K on April 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Group A for me–but love them all!

  68. Judy Parker on April 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I would choose Combo A…I have never done a brown and blue quilt yet but love stepping out of the box in color…if I needed 3 colors I would probably go with the more traditional Combo C although it is so very tradition in color….I love color and I am not afraid to use it…heheheh…blessings

  69. Donna on April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I like group C but my eye keeps coming back to group A. So I guess that means Group A!

  70. Leann McClain on April 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love how lively the green and blue are in group D. They neary jumped off the screen. My second choice is A.

  71. Jani on April 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Group E. Cool but distinctive colors.

  72. Regina Wigger on April 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I am picking Group D. It reminds me of being out in the middle of a field on a beautiful clear day having a picnic. Summer is my favorite season and bright colors. Group D covers both!.

  73. Leann McClain on April 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Group D jumps off the screen. The lively colors play with each other beautifully.

  74. Darlene Jacolik on April 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love Group E. Thanks for the tips to improve my embroidery.

  75. Irene Clark on April 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love Group E. I seem to gravitate to the blues in fabric stores.

  76. Betsy on April 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Normally I’d be drawn to A or E but group C looks more “put together” since it has 3 colors…so have to say C.

  77. Karen R on April 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I love A. I think I could make something for men and women and this combination would look great for everyone. I have to admit for me I am usually drawn to pastels–I must be feeling wild today.

  78. Tricia Kemp on April 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I love E for its elegance.

  79. Sandy Rockwell on April 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I like combination E. The darker color enhances the lighter. The lighter brings out the details in the darker fabric.

  80. Claudia Wade on April 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

    1st choice: Group E
    2nd choice: Group B

  81. Scheryl on April 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

    1st choice E I always go towards anything blue. The darker fabric gives a great balance to the brighter hues.

    2nd choice D I love the bright colors of both swatches. Anything made with those will look like spring and just pop.

  82. Carol Morrow on April 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I like group C as they are really springy looking and cool.

  83. Nancy Owens on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Hard choice but I think group D is my first choice, but group E is a very close second.

  84. Patty Seevers on April 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

    i like combo b those are colors that just make me happy

  85. JoAnn Ruby on April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I like the aqua and gray combo – group e – with group A being a close second.

  86. Bernice Keller on April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Group C is by far my choice. Someone else said they are citrus colors and I agree. Would look great on any summer projects.

  87. Julie Berry on April 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I love Group D.

  88. judy williamson on April 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Group C. Maybe it is just the season that makes me like it.

  89. Lillian Moser on April 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Not too many agree with me, but I like Group B. Love colors opposite on the color wheel, they really pop!

  90. Bettie Papajohn on April 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I like Group A.

  91. Pat on April 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Love group E, it is soothing yet elegant and reminds me of the ocean near my home.

  92. Martine on April 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I like them all depending on what it’s for. But choosing just one it would be D.

  93. Carol Seavitt on April 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Love group B and I would probably combine these with group D — fun fun fun.

    • Carol Seavitt on April 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      By the way — congratulations on your marriage Eileen!

  94. MargaretAnnB on April 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Group D – the blues and greens have always been favorites of mine! That said, I like working with almost all colors. Thanks for a chance to win.

  95. Kathy Schmidt on April 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    They are all nice, but I really like Group E, the soft blue combined with the Grey/Black is a really nice contrast.

  96. Evelyn McGAvin on April 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Group E is my favorite. Group D was a close second. I guess I just like blue!

  97. Ann Eckert on April 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I like C best, the bright colors are clear and crisp.

  98. Jacque on April 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Group B – Love it.

  99. BETTY SMITH on April 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Group E…These are “classy” colors and can always get some pop
    with tone on tone embroidery and/or bling.

  100. DianeB on April 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love group E the colours just grab me.And it reminds me of our summer storms ,blue sky one minute – grey the next.

  101. Elaine T on April 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I would say Group B. Fresh and lively.

  102. Anita P on April 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Without a doubt… it’s group A. Brown fits any situation and
    is complemented with the beautiful blue.

  103. Penny Kitzmiller on April 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Group B is my choice!! They all are pretty tho!!!

  104. Carol S on April 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I vote for C. More versatile and different combinations.

  105. Kathy on April 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I like group E. This is so elegant. A little color with a neutral, enlivened with a tone on tone print. Whenever I wear aqua everyone says that I look great. I definitely like to hear that!

  106. Jean on April 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I like group D – bright and bold colors are my favorite.

  107. Karen on April 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    All are nice but group B with the hot pink is number 1.

  108. Shari on April 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I really C, but D is a close second choice. C is so summery, but D is so rich.

  109. linda on April 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I love combination B. My favorite colors are in the pinks and reds.

  110. Sharon on April 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I just love the Group D colors – makes me think of summer.

  111. Doreen on April 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Group E

  112. Anna Cameron on April 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Hi there, put a check mark by group E for me please.

  113. Linda Turner on April 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I selected Group A. The colors look great together. They are bright and intense colors plus that shade of blue is my favorite!

  114. Judy Wentz on April 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I like Group E because I like High contrast. I hate to go through the effort and time it takes to embroider to find that it doesn’t show up much when you get a little ways away.

  115. Lynda Ward on April 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Group A

  116. Cy Swendsen on April 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I vote for group D…. Bright colors for Spring!

  117. Robin Mundell on April 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I love the classic elegance of group E

  118. Linda Ladd on April 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I really like C. It is fresh and will have many combinations.

  119. Penny Martin-Holly on April 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I really like group E

  120. Gwen Holt on April 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I like group D. I like the boldness of the blue and green

  121. Babsie Muller on April 7, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I prefer Group E.

  122. Pam on April 7, 2012 at 3:25 am

    None of them really rings my bell just from the photos, which means nothing since I’m not a quilter, but based on the selection, I like C.

  123. Maria Nickler on April 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

    My choice is Group E ….Just lovely..M

  124. Kari on April 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Group D is what is calling me today (of course that could change tomorrow :) ).

  125. Carole P. on April 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    All are great color combinations. Normally I would prefer the blues & greens of D, but since this is Easter weekend, I’m going with C – it feels so “Spring-y”!

  126. Susan Cave on April 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I like E it has a contrast and it is something different.

  127. Carolyn Nutter on April 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Group E. I could visualize with the right embroidery threads enhancing the background swirl onto the pastel color with maybe a touch of silver metallic thread.

  128. terri m. on April 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love group C. Reminds me of summertime… sunny….citrus….outside fun kind of mood.

  129. Pamela Hess on April 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Group D – vibrant and refreshing!

  130. Connie on April 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love group D

    And the crystals to embellish my Tops and Jeans

  131. charlotte S. on April 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I really like group C.

  132. Laurine Elton on April 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Group E captures my fancy…love the contrast but not too harsh

  133. Kim on April 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I like group D.

  134. Margie F. on April 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I choose group E — looks very rich and classy.

  135. Loren McCoy on April 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I chose Group D, love the colors!!!

  136. MizPat on April 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I’d choose group A because the teal blue is one of my favorite colors

  137. Debra Wilson on April 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I vote for group C though I have all these color combo in my stash

  138. Jan Driscoll on April 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Group D–blue and green are always my favorite colors

  139. Jane Anderson on April 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I choose D. Bold and bright are the colors I love working with the most. I do use other combinations but when I get color-tired, I am back to the basic 8 crayons…

  140. Debbie Glynn on April 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I think Group E is the nicest combination that would be beautiful for so many creations – I can see it as a smart corporate outfit with grey suit and aqua ruffle shirt or an aqua satin evening dress with embroidery & black diamond crystals or a carry bag in dark grey with aqua flowers stitched over it!!

  141. Vickie LeBlanc on April 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I like group E.

  142. Betsy on April 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

    My first pick is group A with group B coming in a close second.

  143. Sue Carr on April 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I love group c…very clean and bright…love the spring is in the air colors! I would like them as a summer dress with layers of ruffles for my 3 year old granddaughter Surenity. She would look so beautiful with her long blonde curls and big blue eyes, and

  144. Kate Carnegie on April 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I like group C the best, it’s very refreshing. Thanks for all the great advice.

  145. Donna G. on April 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite is “A”. I love the combination of brown and turquoise!

  146. Cheryl on April 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I love group B! So vibrant.

  147. Betsy on April 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Group D reminds me of a beautiful blue sky above a plush green lawn provided by a loving God providing much needed rain!

  148. Alyse on April 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I vote for A – natural and clean for spring!

  149. Patty Sack on April 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    My first choice is group E with A being a very close second!

  150. Margo Walrath on April 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I would have to say that I like C … I really prefer when stitching is done on a plain lighter shaded fabric as it enables seeing the detail of the embroidery better. Patterned fabric and dark colors are a bit more difficult to view the simple beauty of the work done.

  151. Michelle Rasmussen on April 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Group E.
    Although, at first glance, sort of an unusual choice, but 2 contrasting colors. They could be paired with alot of combinations. And the dark grey, could be used for alot of men’s/boys items. :)

  152. Leslie Lotspeich on April 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    My favorite is A. Just my colors!

  153. Carolyn Hintz on April 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I like Group E. I like some of the other colors but not together.

  154. Lynn on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Love the colours in E. That is my choice.

  155. Sandra on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Group E is my choice as well. Love the muted tones.

  156. Janice Henderson on April 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I like group C. The colors are earth colors that blend so well with so much.

  157. Linda Lynch on April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I love Group A. The brown is soft and quiet and the blue really presents a palette for some VERY interesting embroideries. This combination could work on any age. Lucky Linda

    ps. Looking forward to receiving the light crystal set I won. I have several bags just waiting for their “bling”. Your generosity will reach many women who need something to smile about.
    Thanks for all your hard work!!

  158. Janice Poda on April 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I like group d. Have fun shopping

  159. Mary Beth on April 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Absolutely love your blog. I have learned so much from you. Can’t thank you enough.
    I love the combination C fabrics. They just call to me.

  160. Raewyn on April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I luv the D colours. My favs!!!!!!

  161. Rosie on April 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    If I were sewing for my 2 granddaughters I would pick group B. Those bright colors remind me of cheerful girls clothes. But, for myself, the colors in group D make me happy. I love the jewel tones of that group.

  162. Judy V on April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Group A is my favorite – I’ve always liked that color combination!

  163. Lucy on April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I like the group E. Love the swirl in the second fabric

  164. Clarice on April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I like group C.

  165. karen trott on April 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I like them all. Today I would pick E with D my second choice

    Thanks for all you do for all of us.

  166. Sandy L on April 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I like Group A best.

  167. Jean Golestaneh on April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Group C. It is spring and everything is new. Foliage is light and newly emerged. Lighter colors fit this season.

  168. Sharon Y. on April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I love D it reminds me of tropical things. and I also like the light kit for bling. Thanks for the tips

  169. Martha on April 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I like group D best!

  170. Sue Duisenberg on April 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I find group C most soothing.

  171. Patricia :Levick on April 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I love group B. It gives me ideas for colour washing since there are so many tones in the two fabrics

  172. Suzanne Cholet Hughes on April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I LOVE the Bs! Just found your blog and signed up. I’ve never been interested in blogs (besides my niece’s who just moved to Singapore)and can’t wait to learn more new tidbits about my embroidery addiction. Suzanne

  173. Kathy Corns on April 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I love group E

  174. Shannon M Hart on April 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This is my first time on your blog, but will be revisiting often. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips so open-heartedly! Must opt for A today due to its classic versatility, soothing earth tones, and complimentary contrast, but am more personally attuned to slightly darker tones of the colors in C (rustier oranges, more golden yellows, and more olive shadings of green).

  175. Rachel D on April 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I like Group D, works for anyone, young or not so young, boys, girls, furbabies, anyone.

  176. Group E Would make great totes/designer bags/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

  177. Group E Would make great totes/designer bags/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

  178. Cherrylmaree on April 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I would choose Group D.

  179. Elaine Hughes on April 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I like colors E. (Not just because it is my first initial) They are peaceful and restful but would be great contrast in a quilt.

  180. Beulah Caswell on April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Group D is my choice!! I love bright colors!

  181. Michele B on April 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I like “D”. Love the blues and greens. But all are nice combinations.

  182. Gerry Barrett on April 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I love D. Two of my favorite colors!!

  183. Pat on April 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Group D

  184. Vicki Batty on April 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

    group D – strong beautiful colours

  185. Dale on April 10, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I choose Group B…hot and sizzling for summer.

  186. Pamela Blackman on April 10, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Definitely group E. It is a nice soft and modern combination.

  187. Charlet Barker on April 10, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Group B is my choice, the bright summer colors compliment each other.

  188. Sandra Wilkinson on April 10, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Group B would be on my shopping list. I go for the bright colors.

  189. Sandra Wilkinson on April 10, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Group “B” would be on my shopping list. I like bright colors.

  190. valarie on April 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I tend to gravitate towards group E, , but then I went back to group C. It reminds me of citrus, or sherbet on a hot day. It’s a relaxing combination

  191. Nancy on April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    My favorite group is group C. But I have a question about #7 on your post. You mention a simple embroidery editing software. I am wondering what software you recommend.
    Thank you!

  192. Nora Ellis on April 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Difficult to chose, but love the subtlety of the colours of E

  193. Paula Balch on April 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Group D is my favorite. I like the mix of solid and pattern.

  194. Terri L on April 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Group D for me with a pop of bright yellow if an accent color is needed.

  195. Janet K on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I select Group B. These color combos are so in style this year. I would have never put them together, but , this spring I like them.

  196. Mary Anne on April 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    My choice is Group D. I like the contrast and if used in embroidery would be complementary to each other. Thank you so much for the embroidery tips, your help goes a long way towards helping all of us be more successful!

  197. andrea christ on April 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Group E is me!

  198. Jackie Martin on April 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I like group D

  199. Marylynn Lorenson on April 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Love all the combos but Group A really appeals to me the most!

  200. Leanna on April 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Group B~

  201. Julie GLenn on April 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Group E!!! I like the contrast. The tips are great.

  202. Carmen on April 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Group E: you have the calm of the sky in one moment and in the next you can have the movement of the wind. the two actions go hand-in-hand when you are quilting/embroidering. i want both the calm and the movement in whatever i create. i always want a piece to “speak” to me. and the best way to do that is with these two components.

  203. Teresa Moffitt on April 11, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I instantly chose Group B. Summer colors! Bright, hot, jazzy, cheerful! A, D and E all have blues and not everyone can wear blue, nor does it fit in with an existing color scheme in a house. The pop of brights can always be used with any nuetral. And besides…..they are my favorite colors!

  204. Helen Harris on April 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I like Group A. They are all very nice.

  205. Whitney H on April 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

    If Group A is brown and turquoise, then Group A!

  206. Lydia Vedder on April 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I gravitate toward the eye popping colors of groups A,B,& D.
    I can’t wear the other muted colors.Plus they would look
    great for summer dresses for my four grand daughters.

  207. Carol Spaly on April 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Group D I love bright clear colors with lots of contrast

  208. Virginia on April 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I like A, looks like reproduction colors, my favorite.

  209. Sandy Smith on April 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I love the Blue and Green combo of D but the Blue in E is my favorite color, and paired with the grey feels cool and calm, like a mountains stream.

  210. Gail Laub on April 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I like Group E. THe softness of the blue and gray could be used on almost any project.

  211. Marie Scharf on April 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I like Group C. I reminds me of spring and summer. I lean to these cause they suit my coloring.

  212. Francis Kelley on April 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I like choice E

  213. Diane Paneiko on April 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I like group A

  214. Averil Styles on April 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I like Group C. I trend to like colours that blend.

  215. Linda Hartwick on April 12, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I love group E, It gets my mind thinking of what I would do with it. To me it is very calming.

  216. jan salstrom on April 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I love the a combinations I ve used this in handbags and quilts before i love they way they look togeter

  217. Natalia Martinez on April 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I like D best

  218. kitty sciotto on April 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Group E..with D coming in second….

  219. judi memering on April 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I was drawn to group B.

  220. Leahrae Newell on April 13, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I like D, B second.

  221. Judy on April 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I may be to late but I like C, it is so bright & fresh with Spring “almost” here

  222. Janice Young on April 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I like Group C for a spring or summer look.

  223. ISOBEL Prindable on April 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I CHOOSE GROUP B BECAUSE THEY LOOK REGAL

  224. Glenda on April 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    My favorite is Group C. Very pretty!

  225. Ellen on April 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    My favorite is Group D. Don’t much care for greens but with this blue is really is quite pretty.

  226. Marilyn Kirschen on April 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I like the contrast in group E

  227. Rita Turner on April 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Group C is my choice… The Blue in Group A is too dark–otherwise I love blue and brown together.

  228. Rita Turner on April 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Group C is my top choice. The Blue in Group A is too dark–otherwise I love blue and brown together. Group A shouldn’t work–but it does!

  229. Beve on April 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I like group E, beautiful contrast

  230. Judith Davis on April 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Group C is my top choice…the colors are calm and flow nicely together.

  231. Christine on April 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I like group C. Those colors look best on me.

  232. MJ on April 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Group D
    Green and Blue are always an excellent choice.

  233. Susan on April 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I love E and don’t know why since the blue is too much a mid tone for me. (I love the extreems.) The fact that they are tonal prints is probably what made me happy

  234. Kathleen on April 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I like the view E color combination.

  235. Julia Ussery on April 21, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Group B. Love those hot colors.

  236. Norma on April 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Group A is my very favorite.

  237. Brenda Jager-Long on April 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Group C is my favorite because they are springy colors…and pleasing to the eyes…

  238. Tammy Fincher on April 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I think Group B – the colors are so bright and cheerful that they would be uplifting, even on a cool, dreary day. I would love to see this made into matching outfits for my beautiful grandaughters, ages 20 months and 1 month. But in turn it would also work on an adult sailing off on a cruise to the Bahamas.

  239. Anne on April 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    group c

  240. Kathy Plourde on April 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Group C is my favorite

  241. Judy Zumbahlen on May 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    group D is my favorite

  242. Georgia Hall on May 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    group a

  243. Patricia Thomas on May 17, 2012 at 6:09 am

    This is really a new arena for me, just began machine embroidery this past year. Since it is so new, I’m not quite sure what I am looking for. But, view “B” catches my eye when I look at all of them together. So, for that reason alone, I would say “B”.

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  245. Rinda on January 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Group A. Love blues and browns together!

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  247. Marilyn on November 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I like group C. It has more options.

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