I was inspired by a batik that combined these two colors. I wish more of it showed in the block, but the scale of the print was rather large. Sometime to think about in the future when choosing fabrics. I then picked various shades to go with it. I knew there would have to be some contrast, so I purposely chose light and dark turquoise to help bring sparkle to the block. It's really important to make sure to have enough contrast. A block that is all medium value fabrics has little sparkle because there is no contrast for the eye to notice.
I also had to be careful with the dark purple fabric on this block. You can see the lines of dots in it. I fussy cut these pieces to make sure the dots were all going inwards. To do this, I placed my fabric on a light box as I was putting down my fusible so that I could see what pattern I was getting.
The following threads were used:
- Outer dark turquoise petals-Glide by Fil-Tec Threads. I love it's sheen and it continues to be my favorite polyester thread.
- Inner purple petals-Artist Studio Colors by Superior Threads. This is a polyester thread and it has nice sheen. It's a little thinner than the Glide and leaves a thinner line. I like to use it on purpose sometimes when I don't want as thick of a line.
- Light turquoise and little dot-Isacord machine embroidery thread. It is a similar thickness to the Glide thread, but does not have as much sheen.
- Turquoise and purple print-Sulky Rayon 40 weight. This thread is thick like the Glide and has almost as much sheen.
- Big dot-Artist Studio Colors by Superior Threads. This particular color of thread is interesting as it is very gray in tone. I find it a challenge to use sometimes as I tend to use very bright colors. However, this particular dot was a little grayer than I normally use and so I decided to try it. As I was stitching it out, I wasn't sure it was going to be the best choice, but in the end it blended well and lets the other fabrics and threads stand out which is what I wanted.
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