See How Embroidery on Black Fabric Can Make Your Designs POP!

Ordinarily, we embroider on light, pastel, or brightly colored fabrics. Stitch on black? Absolutely! Embroidery on black fabric emphasizes vibrant colors and stitch textures. You may be surprised at just how beautiful your machine embroidery can be when you venture over to the dark side!

golden needle designs polish folk embroidery

Machine embroidery pops when stitched on black fabric.

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Polish Folk Art

You can almost feel the color in these gorgeous Polish folk art designs. Even the intricate swirls jump off of the background. Although none of the colors used are neon shades, they emit bright tones in high contrast against deep black.

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Machine Embroidery Subway Art

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Subway art has an appeal all it’s own but is especially sharp against black, dressing things up a bit.

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kreations by kara butterfly embroidery

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Butterfly Bounty

Both fill designs and light, airy loops and scrolls are equally elegant on black.

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kreations by kara nativity and heart on black

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Monotone Color Designs

Even monotone color designs with a hint of color benefit from high contrast. Textural details provide an artistic quality.

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Tree Of Life embroidery design

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Tree of Life

Simple details exude a powerful presence that would be lost on a lighter background.

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embroidery library chalk board designs

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Chalkboard Designs

Although the contrast is not quite as high as the deep black fabrics, chalkboard art would not work on any other color. It looks like it belongs.

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ace points embroidery on black fabric

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Colorful Threads

Black and white, variegated, and solid colored threads each work well when embroidering on black fabric.

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sew inspired by bonnie gingerbread table runner

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Christmas Cookies Appliqué

Black doesn’t often come to mind when thinking of holiday colors, but it creates an elegant backdrop for featuring these adorable appliqué Christmas cookies.

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omas tea and coffee mug rugs

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Coffee and Tea Mug Rugs

There is just something about using a black background; it makes even the most common images, like a coffee cup, seem sophisticated.

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Not all black fabrics are created equal. You may think black is black when, if placed side by side, it can appear to be more brown or blue. If you are looking for a true black fabric, RJR Fabrics created an Amish black fabric just for them.

Give it a try. Come on over to the dark side!

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