Stitching Tip: Monochrome Shading

I don’t know about you but thinking of doing a whole cross stitch piece in one colour truthful sounds like the most boring thing ever. And of course, if you don’t like something you’ll start it but won’t want to finish it.

But what if I really love the pattern and I want to keep it monochromatic?

Well to that I say then you should look at the colour it is and with using a colour chart like the one below pick out all the different shades. You can have the main colour be a dark colour and it goes into little shades or the main could be a light colour and go into darker shades. The choice is up to you.

I do not have the DMC colour chart (which is what is pictured below) however I have also never thought of this idea and I have never done a monochromatic chart without changing it to some kind of variegated thread (my Death by Cross Stitch pattern is a good example of this). But after I have found this idea in Book of Embroidery I thought it was just a wonderful idea so that you can still change up the colours but just with different shades.Now if anyone has used this kind of method before please let me know in the comments and let me know if it made a difference in keeping your interest in stitching the piece.


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