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1. On the gray area, Elliott did a curve-shaped blend using
the Florentine tool.
2. Liquid Effect, the blend tool and Carving Stamp were all
used for the chameleon's face.
3. The text features three thread colors: RA 2307 Aquamarine,
Mad. 1093 Light Blue and RA 2282 Flite Green.

Rainbow Reptile
WITH THE GOAL of creating a colorful piece with depth
and character for the 37th annual Impressions Awards
competition, Emerald City Embroidery, Seattle,
enlisted Jesse Elliott, digitizing product manager
for Artwork Source, Tukwila, Wash., to digitize
this playful design, "Chameleon Records."
Elliott used a variety of stitch types (the
design boasts 149,060 total stitches) from the
Wilcom ES2 Level 3 digitizing software, including
"Liquid Effect" and "Carving Stamp," as well as
various blends and his own fill patterns.
To create the 3-D effect of the musical staff, he
broke it into three parts, stitching the sections
of the staff in the background before working on
the chameleon's head and arm.
He also used the Wilcom software's blend tool to
create the ombre effect of the text. It features
three thread colors - with aquamarine serving as
a base.
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I M P R E S S I O N S M A G . C O M MAY 2016

The chameleon is brought to
life with intricate color variations and texture. "The first
step was to determine [the] shape
and contour of the fills," Elliott says. "Next was to create
a blend shape starting with the
gray first, then the brighter
color second." The final step
was to add extra shading under
the arm in a darker gray.
The chameleon's back was done
the same way as the belly, except

DESIGN DETAILS
DIMEN SION S 13.10" x 10.5"
EMBROIDERY MAC HIN E Tajima
DIGITIZIN G S OFTWARE Wilcom ES2 Level 3
THREAD TYPE(S) Rayon and Poly Madeira and Robison Anton

Liquid Effect was used to create
two different sides.
The blend tool was used in a
similar fashion as the belly, but
broken up in parts due to the need
to change the contour of the lizard
further down toward the tail.
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Impressions - May 2016
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
Innovation in the Trenches
The Knits Just Keep On Comin’
Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
Stitching Staples Get Upgrades
Digital Shines in the Spotlight
Shop Talk
Embroidery Production
Screen Printing Production
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Heat Printing
Classifieds
Ad Index/Online Directory
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Impressions - May 2016 - From the Show Director
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