Embroidery projects for your sewing room

This week I am featuring another guest blog which I am sure you will all love. Marrilyn always does exquisite work and her machine cover is a splendid addition to her sewing room, along with these other items.


For this project I combined designs from the Embroiderer’s Prayer, Antique Sewing Machine 1 and Bridal Lace 2. Using my original machine cover as a guide I made Patterns for each panel. I was given a remnant of self-patterned curtain fabric which I thought was firm enough to combine with double-sided fusible cotton batting and quilting cotton for the lining to make the cover substantial. I embroidered with Robison-Anton threads and Janome Metallic gold and silver.

SELECTING MY DESIGNS

Firstly I opened Embird Editor and selected a hoop compatible with the desired embroidery size I wanted to create, then I selected a few designs I might like to combine. I changed the fuchsia stamens to orange because when smart colour-sorted they sometimes join with the silver and I want gold stamens. I edited elements from a chosen designs and added tie ON/OFF stitches to each separated element to prevent unravelling. Next I began to play with the designs to combine them until I was happy with the look and the required size.

When duplicating a design make sure to copy and paste from the first design to prevent errors occurring.

Using my original machine cover as a guide I made patterns for each panel. Sandwich together Top, Batting and Lining and on the top edge trim the batting 1/2″ down from the top edge to take out the bulk when lining is folded over after stitching 1/2″ seam right next to the edge of the batting. Turn lining to the back and press then top-stitch the top edge.

Next, I set my machine for free Motion stitching and quilted around the self-pattern on the fabric, firstly to create an embossed look and make then pattern “pop”  but most importantly to give added stability to the cover by quilting all three layers together.

Next, I set my machine for free Motion stitching and quilted around the self-pattern on the fabric, firstly to create an embossed look and make then pattern “pop”  but most importantly to give added stability to the cover by quilting all three layers together. The pocket was then stitched to the lower half of the back.

All other embroidered panels were quilted in the same manner.

CONSTRUCTION

After cutting my panels to size I began construction by joining the top panel to each end panel to get the correct fit then bound the inside seams with bias binding and stitched the final turn by hand to prevent stitches showing on the outside.The joining seams were top-stitched from the front.

The bottom edge of each side panel was bound with 1/2″ binding then fancy stitched to form a lace-like edging.

I covered my piping cord with a  1″ strip of 2-way stretch lycra being careful not to stretch the fabric as I stitched. (I chose Lycra because there was no need for bias fabric required for the curves)

I bias bound the top Flap and used the same fancy stitches to finish the binding before I attached it to the Front top Panel before piping.

Then I stitched the piping to the Top and Side panels being sure to extend the piping on the ends which will be required for joining the Front and Back panels.  I stitched the Back to the back of the Top panel seam leaving the side seams open.

The piping cord was pulled out and clipped 1/2″ from the casing to take away the bulk when the binding was added. A rectangle was cut and bound above the back pockets and on the back panel making an opening for the machine carry handle.

I stitched the back side seams and finished the inside raw edges with bias binding. The front was positioned and stitched to the Top and sides then bound on the inside. The Front and Back bottom edges were bound to match the flap and the same fancy stitches finished the edge.

I covered my 29mm self cover buttons with the cotton lining fabric which I embroidered by resizing a design from Bridal Lace B12-1-14 to 29mm. The buttonholes on the Back Flap were embellished with scrolls and leaves from Antique Sewing Machine.

I attached the buttons with dental floss for extra strength.

BISCORNU PIN CUSHION

Two – 3 1/2″ squares of Aida cloth were embroidered with designs from Vintage Grace birthday gifts. All sides were marked in halves and the points were matched to the half-way markings and the seams stitched by hand then embellished with a string of pearls.

CHAIR BACK

Using designs GFE -EMP -5-9 and GFE-EMP-5-10 from The Embroiderer’s Prayer I embroidered my sewing chair Back in colours to match the machine cover. I did add a few colour stops  to add variation.

After embroidering my designs I made a sandwich of Top, Batting and Backing and with construction thread I Free Motion embroidered around the designs using a stipple stitch on the Back and between lettering on the Front and outlined the self patterned fabric with needle down position beginning in the centre of the design and working outwards.

After stippling the 2″ wide gusset I covered the Piping Cord as before with 2-way stretch Lycra and stitched it to the gusset edges.

I can only say just how much I enjoyed creating this set with fantastic designs. Marrilyn Northeast 2019

Here is a close up of the antique sewing machine. Thank you so much Marrilyn for sharing this with us all. You must be very proud of what you have achieved, every time you go into your sewing room. Thank you for inspiring us all.

Happy embroidering from Hazel

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Increasing your machine embroidery skills

So you have seen many beautiful embroidered projects that others have created but you cannot imagine that you would ever be able to create something as wonderful. I think that when you become passionate about machine embroidery you start on a journey of discovery and continued learning. I regularly take online tutorials to learn how to get the best from my software and apps, as well as keeping up to date with the speed at which the internet and computers are advancing. Tutorials are a great way to learn more skills and to get more creative. As well as the tutorials I have written there are also a series of tutorials at Graceful Embroidery by Pamela Cox, who is an expert in machine embroidery. This week she is releasing a new tutorial for you all and I am sure you will love working through her instructions and creating something wonderful with a unique embroidery that I have created with elements from the Symphony of Flowers collection.

“Whether you are a skilled seamstress, or want to expand your sewing knowledge, this linen table runner will explain the Heirloom techniques of wing-needle stitching, inserting lace and an embroidered, sheer Madeira Applique window.  And the best part?……the techniques are not just applicable to table linens, but they can be featured with many other beautifully embroidered projects. “

So take a tutorial soon and learn some new skills. This tutorial is available for $17.50 until the end of April 2019 and you will also receive a coupon to get 50% off another Pamela Cox tutorial!

Happy embroidering from Pamela and Hazel

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Combining designs for a large area of embroidery

When we first start embroidering on our machines, we tend to place individual designs on various garments and items around the home, but at some point we need to start combining embroidery designs for larger areas. This can appear overwhelming at first, but it is not that difficult and the results are very satisfying and rewarding. Let me show you how easy it is to combine.

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My Orchids for Ruth collection

Back in 2017 I finally created a collection of designs which I had put off digitising for some time. I just adore orchids, in particular the Phalaenopsis variety, and was reluctant to convert them to embroidery until I could be satisfied with the result. The option of making dimensional orchids brought these beautiful flowers to life on fabric. This month the whole collection which comprises 5 sets for different sizes of hoops, is available at a special price and I encourage you to get these designs, embroider them out and introduce them into your home.

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How to embroider Nutcrackers for Christmas

With the release of Disney’s film, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, there have been a surge of interest in these little figures. At present there are now 6 nutcrackers in the collection at Graceful Embroidery. These little men have been created for the 5″ x 7″ hoop.

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Another Celtic embroidery stitch out

In deciding what Celtic embroidery would be my final choice for this Celtic event it just had to be Celtic Dreams, which was my very first Celtic collection. Now this is the biggest design in the collection and it was created for a bridal bodice. Now I wanted to update it and make it extra special so what better than adding in elements of the Rachel Kathryn Bridal collection which I am currently working on.

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Some unusual Celtic stitch outs

I have a great fondness and fascination for Celtic embroidery because it was where I began my digitising journey! I could not find the right designs for Celtic work and so I decided to create my own. After lots of pencil scribblings, studying Celtic knot work design in depth and discovering how the weave under and over is made, my first collection of Celtic embroidery emerged.

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Spring embroidery tips from Pamela Cox

  Although well into winter, warm days are not far away!  Now is an ideal time to make that “special” garment especially if you incorporate a few time-saving tips.  Those of you who have read any of my articles know that I am not one to take “short-cuts”, and I never would compromise my purest approach to sewing if I were sewing a project that I would hope to have passed down through generations.  But, read on to find a few suggestions that will save time yet still produce a professional looking garment.

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Considering colours changes for a special embroidery

Designs in the Vintage Grace collection probably have more colours in them than any other collection at Graceful Embroidery. I would encourage you not to let that daunt you. These designs like the Antique Sewing machine are for embroidering works of art to be cherished and so are worth the effort and time it will take to stitch them out on your machine.

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Guest blog: Arabella Bullion Bourdoir cushion

This is the first of a series of guest blogs at Graceful Threads of Inspiration. Over the years I have seen some outstanding embroidered projects that have been carefully created using my designs. Unable to actually see these beautiful works of art up close, I really would like to know more about their construction and what better way for us all to view them than by a blog. The first project shows how well designs from different collections can be perfectly blended together if you use the same colour scheme.

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