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Small elements, big rewards with Bohemian Jewels by Pamela Cox

When my friend Pamela Cox downloads the Birthday freebies* which are available to  members of my Embroidery group, each year she always comes up with some inspirational ideas. This year I thought it would be fun to let her share those ideas on my blog……

For those of you, possibly new to the world of machine embroidery,  who are wondering what to do with a collection of small designs, please, let me begin to count the ways because small elements are my favorite designs allowing the freedom to create!

          A single small element is a perfect embellishment for collars and cuffs:


A single element can be repeated to form a larger unit. When doing so, it is often a good idea to rotate the design creating a more natural, less symmetrical look to the unit.


 Single, individual elements can be combined with other elements to form a larger unit. 


which can be stitched as a single design, or copied and repeated to cover a larger area.

Not to mention that an additional element can be added to the mix

providing a new look to the original block. This unit can either stand on its own or be combined for another unique design.

Are you beginning to see the myriad of possibilities with these amazing birthday designs?

          One of the best features of using small elements to form larger designs is that you can make a design fit a designated shape and within specific measurements.

It’s fun to merge design elements and change the colors to match as seen in this pretty border!

Graceful Embroidery’s exclusive Outline Alignment stitches (OAS) makes it easy to line everything up perfectly to not only create large layouts but also to aid in the stitching process.

You can even go really big and come up with a beautiful layout for a throw pillow!!   Just have fun!!

     “Thank you, Hazel for these wonderful designs and for all you do for us throughout the year.”    Happy Birthday from Pamela Cox

Now I love these combinations that Pamela has created. I am always excited to see how she uses and combines my designs. Thank you so much for sharing them with us all Pamela. I will probably be using some of these for the larger designs in this new collection which will develop over the next months. Perhaps this blog has given you a few ideas. Do share any combinations you create and I will consider them all for the larger design sets in the collection. This is one of my favourite designs in the set.

Now I am going to work the magic of my embroidery software and add design #22 and 17

Glorious! I will enjoy developing these designs still further but then I think you knew how I love to play.

Yesterday I gave these designs a name suggested by Jenni one of the members of my group. The name Bohemian Jewels is the perfect celebratory name for these special designs that I have been sharing with all the members of my embroidery group. Oh dear I hear you say I have missed out! There is still time to join the group and partake in all the embroidery fun.

*The 2017 Birthday freebies (Bohemian Jewels 1 for 4″ x 4″ hoops) are available free to all members and those who join the group before October 1st 2017. After that they will be available to buy.  SO QUICKLY  JOIN NOW

Happy embroidering from Hazel

15 thoughts on “Small elements, big rewards with Bohemian Jewels by Pamela Cox

  1. Interesting tidbits. Now, what are outline alignment stitches?? I’ve seen designs that I download with lines around them. I never knew what they were? How does one use them??

  2. Thank you for the wonderful ideas! I love designs but sometimes don’t always know what to do with them.

  3. I too have been in the hospital and missed all the new Bohemian Jewels. Where would I find them? Suzanne

  4. I don’t have a lot of experience combining designs, but I will say that I love the way Pamela pulled the designs together to create different looks. It will help me and will peak my imagination!
    Thank yu !
    Robin Farley

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