Carding for Color Part III: Embroidery
By Stephanie Flynn Sokolov
I have been smitten with color since preschool. I remember my teacher adding red food coloring to a large glass pitcher of water, then making a pitcher of blue and a pitcher of yellow. From these primary colors they mixed secondary colors; purple, orange and green. They had me at purple.
These principles of mixing color have served me to this day. For this project we’ll be looking at a picture, choosing a section we find visually pleasing, and breaking down the colors so we can spin them and recreate that portion of the picture in yarn using embroidery.
What You'll Need
Colors from your stash; I used mostly CVM/Corriedale cross
Hand cards suited to your fiber (I used Schacht Mini Cards in 72 psi)
Drop spindle or spinning wheel (I used my Schacht Hi-Lo Spindle)
Embroidery hoop for stitching and display. I recommend a small hoop in the 4" to 6" range.
- Base fabric for embroidery: light-colored, tightly woven cloth large enough to fit in the embroidery hoop
- Inspiration photo (painting, ad from a magazine, personal photo, etc.)
- Pencil or fine-tipped water-soluble marker
- Sharp needle with eye large enough for your handspun
- Needle threader
Materials and Equipment
This tutorial has lots of photos—please download the PDF.
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