Sunday, August 29, 2010 | By: Brer Rabbit

{shadow work for baby}

Shadow work embroidery is a very subtle and interesting form of embroidery, most known as being worked by hand. With the amazing capability of embroidery machines, shadow work embroidery can now be created by machine, which very closely resembles the look of hand shadow work. As with shadow work by hand, the basic idea is to use sheer fabric where only the barest outline of the pattern appears on the surface and the crisscrossed threads underneath show thru, creating a "shadow" pattern. The opacity of the threads being worked on sheer fabric defines this form of embroidery more than any single stitch or color combination. Shadow work is very versatile and looks both delicate and complicated, but is really quite easy to do, both by hand and machine. The effect can be used in a variety of ways with a wide array of designs and themes. The hardest part is choosing your design and laying out where you want the design to be.

This sweet diaper shirt was featured in the "blue issue" of Sew Beautiful Magazine.

Machine Shadow Work sailboats
Machine Shadow Work Blue Bird on
preemie gown & t-bonnet

Close up of machine shadow work sweet little blue bird on a yellow ribbon!

Brer Rabbit In-the-hoop booties with machine shadow work sailboat!
Close up of bootie toe!
Brer Rabbit works hard out in the Briar Patch to make his shadow work machine embroidery designs resemble the look of shadow work by hand as much as possible! These designs look complicated to achieve the result of hand shadow work, but they are incredibly easy to create! Hop on over to Brer Rabbit Designs and check out all the machine shadow work designs that are available - there are even some free shadow work designs for you to test out!
Reminder: There are only just a few days until the drawing for Brer Rabbit's Giveaway - don't miss out on it!!!


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