Licensed Art: Iridescent Christmas Ornaments
My third collection of licensed art collection of illustrations with Nancy’s Notions and Amazing Designs was released over the weekend! It’s called Iridescent Christmas Ornaments, and includes 30 designs of Christmas ornaments in classic shapes decorated with lovely flourishes and swirls.
The illustrations are digitized into embroidery designs that are put onto a CD for you to load into your computer. You can adjust the size and colors of the design before saving and uploading to your embroidery machine.
For this collection, the stitcher uses mylar tissue that shows through the embroidery stitches for a sparkle effect—opal mylar tissue provides an opalescent effect with hints of a rainbow of colors while opaque colored mylar tissue offers a bold and beautiful metallic result. Much like an automatic applique, the first color stitched gives an outline where to place the mylar tissue. With the next color, the mylar tissue is embroidered in place and outlined; the excess mylar tissue is removed by tearing it away—the outline perforates the mylar. The remaining colors add subtle accents as well as veins and stem details. If embroidered without mylar tissue, the base fabric will show through creating a light density look, for a softened effect.
Nancy’s Notions mocked up some beautiful examples!
I first met my rep at my portfolio show last December, and then connected with her earlier this year to work on licensed art embroidery collections for Nancy’s Notions. She provides the concepts and I sketched out ideas in my sketchbook before going digital. Here are a couple scans from my sketchbook. During the digital process, I ended up adding a lot more details, highlights and shading.
It’s so fun to see my artwork turned into such beautiful projects!