C&G Machine Embroidery Module 1–Chapter 5: Stitching Colours

Chapter 5: Stitching Colours

1. Stitching a colour circle with six colours of thread

Fabric: drapery lining

Stabilizer: 3 layers Armo 6140

Stitch pattern: F5

Foot: B (regular zigzag)

Stitch length: 0.4

Stitch width: 6 (generally!)

Thread: Aurifil cotton – MAKO NE 28/2

Bobbin – polyester – sewing thread in matching colour

I like the thread tails left on! I tried to reduce the zigzag width as it neared the center of the circle, but did not like the effect of the “joins”, so at the completion of each colour, I did a final row down the center. I did leave the red, violet and blue as they were stitched. I got a small pucker forming in the center, but it disappeared when I ironed the sample.

The primary colours are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colours are made by mixing equal amounts of two primaries: orange, green and violet. The tertiary colours are made by mixing one primary with the adjacent secondary: Red-orange, Yellow-orange, Yellow-green, Blue-green, Blue- violet, Red-violet.

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2. Stitching a Colour Circle with the three primary colours of thread

Fabric: drapery lining

Stabilizer: 2 layers Armo 6140

Foot: B (regular zigzag)

Stitch Pattern: F5

Stitch length: 0.4

Stitch width: 6

Threads: 50 wt sewing threads

Bobbin threads: matched the primaries and used orange, green and violet for the appropriate secondary.

My machine did not like to stitch with the two threads of the heavier weight that I used for the stitching the first colour circle, so I switched back to regular sewing thread. The orange was a successful mix and the violet isn’t too bad if you squint, but the green is not green!

This would work better if you used two values of the three primaries as the thread is coloured with dyes not pigments.

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3. Tonal Value with thread

Fabric: drapery lining

Stabilizer: 2 layers Armo 6140

Foot: B (regular zigzag)

Stitch Pattern: F5

Stitch length: 0.4

Stitch width: 6

Threads: 50 wt sewing threads

Bobbin threads: matched the colour sewing

I actually stitched this exercise at the same time as doing the second colour circle as there seemed to be less threading that way. The sample was stitched sideways and shrunk in that direction slightly. Thank you for reminding me that my machine does have built in alphabets and that I could use one for a label!

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4. Tonal Value with Paint

a. Tints – adding white to the hue

b. Shades – adding black to the hue

Tones – adding grey to the hue

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5. Painting a six colour circle with tints and shades.

Achieving a good violet or green depends so much on the hue you start with!

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6. Painting a twelve colour circle with tints and shades.

I made the outer circle the shades – very dull!!. I wish I had made the outer circle the tints.

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