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You need the following equipment for embroidery designs like this Inkjet printer, OpagueTransfer paper Heat press Embroidery Machine Sequin option In the embroidery industry many of us have a closed view of what we can offer, with a little bit of imagination, some troubleshooting and some creativity you can give your designs the illusion of blends and extraordinary detail. I am know master but Tajima Japan has this figured out. Each year they send out a Christmas card that they embroidered on paper no less , but with an image in the back ground and stitches on top.. The machine embroidery design below was made with the color change sequin option and two contrasting colors of sequins. The above machine embroidery design was made by printing the image on the paper, printing the water spray with green, yellow and red run stitches, covered up by a white satin stitch random on both sides at a lower density of around 30 spi. The monument was down in a satin stitch and high lighted with a run stitch on top to make it appear like it has a shadow. Most shows either had a ink jet printer they can print heat transfers with and sew an embroidery design on top. this is an effective way to create blends with out the time of sewing out multiple layers. Their is one not you need to mark the image at some point where you can line up the first needle so the sew out aligns with the design. Introduction to blending In multimedia designs another technique is to use different embroidery thread types or different colors of embroidery thread to simulate a blend. When doing blends its important to understand density as you need to lighten the density of the layers , as you want the stitches to lightly overlap so when sewn out they blend together. Now before you get to worried its not all the hard.. lets take a look at the elements of the design and the properties. Please note the images will look very different as the first design was made in Tajima Pulse version 13 and this one was made in Tajima Pulse version 14 , the stitch engine changes the way the stitches look. It took me a long time to get used to it. So the this layer is made up of different satin stitches using a pattern fill and a density of 20 spi This layer is made up of satin stitch with a density of 20 spi , tatami pattern , jagged on the first side with a randomness of 60 , this staggers the stitches and randomize the edge. The last layer. This layer adds the details density is 25 the fill is Tatami 50 and jagged on the first size randomness of 60 . To understand fills you really need to sew out the different patterns and different density to appreciate what they look like. Every technique will teach you the basics, you need to practice on sample embroidery designs to understand how they can be applied. One thing to keep in mind is that all the layers should equal no more than 55-75 spi When I worked for a few different companies as embroiders they often asked why they cannot make small letters look good when other shops can. I explained to them that there using the wrong needle for the application. To make small letters look good you should be using a 65/9 needle and 60 wt embroidery thread, the needle is about 30 % smaller than the 75/11 needle and the thread is half the thickness of 40 wt .. making it ideal for fine detail and small letters. In future blogs we will cover this, however you can blend to thickness of threads in the same embroidery design repeating patterns and using a compliment color to get shading effect. Aurhor: Frank Prokator