On Color - how to choose floss for your next embroidery project

Have you ever had a hard time picking out floss for a project? Or simply loved an art print, piece of stationary, or fabric print and wanted to recreate it's feel and mood? I have! In this tutorial, I'm going to walk you through picking out floss colors based off of a source you love, and using them in your own embroidery project.

You are going to need: 

Embroidery Floss

An art print, illustration, piece of stationary, piece of printed fabric, or anything with a color pallet that you love! 

How to choose colors for your next embroidery project

1. First, take a look at your piece of color inspiration and make a list of the colors you see - this will help if it has a large variety of colors. 

How to choose colors for your next embroidery project

2. With your inspiration in one hand and your newly made list in the other, pick out the floss by matching the colors as best as possible.

How to choose colors for your next embroidery project

3. Remove the fabric and look at floss group subjectively. If you are pleased with it, start stitching! Otherwise continue to step #4. 

4. Look at your floss group and ask yourself if the colors work nicely together for your purpose. At this point I start switching out colors and trying different variations. Usually I'll stay with the original colors but switch a few skeins for more vibrant versions of themselves.  Feel free to throw new colors into the mix too! Use the original group as a starting point and just play until you've got something you like.

How to choose colors for your next embroidery project

Now you have a gorgeous combination of colors, ready to be stitched!

Check out a few examples....

I've chosen colors from one of Oana Befort's beautiful illustrations and a cotton print by Anna Maria Horner.