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Designs stitched on black or very dark fabric are very dramatic and
eye-catching. Working on these colors, however, poses some unusual
challenges. The following tips should make the experience less frustrating.
sure you have sufficient light. Dark fabrics absorb light, making
it necessary to boost or supplement your light source.
a white or very light colored covering on your lap if you stitch
in hand. The light covering will show through, making the holes
in the fabric more visible.
you are using a floor stand, arrange to have a light source shining
indirectly on your work underneath; this will also highlight
the holes in the fabric.
necessary, use a magnifier. The combination of a dark fabric and
a fine thread count may simply be too much for eyes that would
be fine dealing with either one or the other of these characteristics
you are very tired, don't stitch on anything that requires
If you chose to stitch a design on a very dark fabric, and the piece
was not designed specifically for it, you may want to consider the
(and to a lesser extent, other dark colors) tend to "wash out"
the colors stitched on them.
lighter color shades may appear either white or very pale when
placed on black; be aware that subtle shading in a design not
specifically designed for dark fabrics may be "lost".
with bright or intense colors and uncomplicated shading will translate
to black fabric the most successfully.
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