Planning And Shopping
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Tired of using the same designs in the same old way? The next
time you're heading for the store, take along a notepad and take
notes on how they are using embroidery. Catalogs are another
great source for ideas of new ways to combine colors and outlines
to create a whole new feel with the same design. Keep an eye out
for designs at the hem that relate to the designs closer to the
neckline. New ways to use the same designs make the designs in
your stash more valuable.
- It's important, when shopping for
designs, to take the time to consider the multitude of ways the
designs could be used when deciding its true value. Can the
colors be changed to alter the mood? Bright, primary colors
changed to pastels can make a design meant for an older child just
adorable for an infant. The black and orange Halloween design can
become Americana red and blue for the 4th of July. Practice
seeing what isn't there each time that you shop.
- When shopping for designs, or when
choosing them from your designs files, don't just see them as
presented by the designer! You can change season or style of the
design by simply dreaming up your own color scheme. To save money
on designs, choose those that will suit more than one project,
theme or age group.
- Some of the best inspiration for
embroidery or shopping can come from a simple trip to your closest
clothing store. Keep a little notebook handy and take great notes
on how they are using trims in combination with embroidery for a
professional finish. You can even use less gas if you let your
fingers do the shopping all around the internet, giving "window
shopping" a whole new meaning as you check out children's
boutiques, women’s' couture, and high end home decor around the
- Catalogs can be the greatest place
for inspiration on new ways to use your embroidery. They show
coordinated designs and placement ideas for clothing, gifts and
decorative items. Look at your catalogs as an invaluable source
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