Traditionally, we think of holiday colors as red and green with hints of silver and gold. Step out of the norm and embroider some extraordinary holiday projects just by changing up your fabrics and thread colors (and get these designs while they are on sale)!
Dark Backgrounds for Big Impact
Black. For Christmas? Black is the new neutral and embroidery designs really pop when stitched on a rich, black fabric.
Snow Buddies would get lost if embroidered on a lighter background. Bonnie’s canister wrap project is perfect for any season. Here, embroidered on black, it is plenty festive with the addition of a colorful border and red bows.
Angels stitched on a dark background really stand out. Here, metallic thread and glitter fabric help reflect light for just the right amount of sparkle.
Christmas Cookies stand out when appliqued on black blocks. Traditional red and green fabrics in the sashing and borders complete the holiday theme in an adorable table runner.
Even delicate stitching of the Nativity angels makes a big impression when embroidered on a black background.
The two-tone blue fabric adds a bit of dimension while still having plenty of contrast.
Tone-on-Tone for Elegant Appeal
Bonnie’s Vintage Deer stockings are super classy without screaming “Christmas!” She used a neutral palette for her threads and coordinating fabrics. That gave this project a nostalgic feel that is sure to become a treasured heirloom.
Filigree Christmas Trees embroidered on these neutral dinner napkins are very versatile. Whether they are gold, red, or green, the addition of colored napkins helps to provide a framework for colors in the embroidery.
Combining the open areas of Vintage Deer with the delicate stitching of Painted Poinsettias worked beautifully on Bonnie’s tree skirt. Glitter in the neutral background fabric sparkled just enough to give the project true holiday charm.
Painted Poinsettias don’t have to be red and green. Here, they coordinate with dinner ware in gorgeous shades of gold.
Don’t be afraid to be nontraditional. Try using different fabrics, a touch of glitter, organza, and metallic threads to add interest to your holiday embroidery!