Printwear

July '12

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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T here's magic in the metal. And that can appear as new revenue, coming from customers who are tired of the same old, same old and looking for something new, un- usual, special—a look that sets them, and you, apart from the competition. Metallic embroidery thread comes in many weights, colors, textures. Some is easy to work with, others more challeng- ing. But each has the capacity to liter- ally sparkle and bring to embroidery a unique look that brings with it a higher price tag. Learning to master metallics is like investing in a course that enables Born in the U.S., designer/digitizer Bonnie Nielsen works in the Freiburg, Germany, head- quarters of embroidery thread manufacturer Madeira. She recently published her first book on digitizing, Punch: Digitizing for Embroidery Design, in which she provides a full account of the design process and creative techniques involved in digitizing award-win- ning embroidery. Nielsen has distinguished herself internationally with her embroidered art pieces and articles that appear in professional apparel and embroidery magazines. Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Her original de- signs are sold at www.embroiderydesigns.com and www.embroiderydesignsplus.com. Reach her at pwilliams22@cox.net. An original design by Bonnie Nielsen for Madeira, the Dragon Lady is stitched in many types of metallic threads on leather. (All images courtesy Madeira) 64 | PRINTWEAR JULY 2012 This close up of the Dragon Lady design illustrates the designer's choice of longer stitches when working with metallic thread. How to embroider with a multitude of metallics BY BONNI E NI E L S EN WI TH PAT WI L L IAMS BE BOLD. GO GOLD. Intermediate n

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