Deciding on your design is one of the most crucial stages of doing embroidery. There are lots of things that need to be considered to ensure a good quality work that will last. Embroidery designs vary in many ways—from color and size, to difficulty of sewing. Thus, choosing a design need to be given ample time and some common sense.

Here are 4 things to consider when choosing an embroidery design:

Size – The first thing you need to consider is the size of your design and how it will render on the apparel afterwards. Although some designs can be resized in the actual sewing, there are those that should be done as prescribed. Some large embroidery designs have important details that would be obscured, if not totally eliminated if made smaller. Also, make sure that the size of the design fits the outcome you want, neither too big, nor too small.

Colors – Black and white embroidery designs can go with any other colors of a garment. However, when it comes to other colors, make sure that it will render good and will complement or contrast the garment in a good way. No matter how beautiful the design is, if its colors don’t go well with that of the apparel, it will still look ugly. The same goes for designs with variety of colors and color combinations.

Concept – For aesthetical consideration, concept must be carefully chosen. Make sure it goes well with the apparel’s design and cut or it will turn into a disaster. Add your personal touch to the concept as an expression of your personality or of someone you want to give the garment as a gift.

Difficulty – Assess your embroidery skills first before choosing any complex designs that require a lot of stitching techniques. It is also better to have a time frame or you may not just be able to finish it. Taking on complex designs without confidence in your skills may just ruin the whole thing. If you are still new to the craft take on easier designs and take it from there.

There are still lots of considerations in choosing embroidery designs, but these ones should definitely be on the top of your list.