It seems that many machine embroidery enthusiasts are prone to taking a break from embroidery for a time, especially during the summer months, and require some inspiration to plug in their machines, hoop up some fabric and get embroidering again. Maybe this is the result of a series of failures and disappointments. There are several ways to get back into the excitement of seeing a design stitch out on your machine.
Take a trip to your dealer and get your machine serviced or take a course of lessons. The atmosphere of being surrounded by wonderful machines, gorgeous threads, exciting fabrics and beautiful embroidered projects is always inspirational for me. I also enjoy talking “embroidery” with friends face to face.
A new collection of intriguing designs can also be that needed stimulus or the feel of some gorgeous fabric you have just received in the post. Look at these packs that arrived recently from the Silk Route.
Gather some fabric, thread and notions so you can start planning.
I am sometimes asked by customers for ideas on how to use my designs, so if you need inspiration check out these galleries, by clicking on the image below. It is also time to consider whether you are going to make some embroidered gifts this year for Christmas, but I will deal with that in another blog, giving you some ideas.
When I began to digitise the new collection of Summer Meadow wild flowers last year, I had no idea how popular they would become and I have received emails with some wonderful photos, showing me how they have been incorporated into lovely embroidered projects.
Designs from the same collection were used for this lovely hat. All the entries for this year’s competition are being uploaded to my YouTube channel during this week, so you can see them in more detail.
Just for something entirely different, I picked some “embroidered” wild flowers as I did when I was a child and arranged them in this vase. Hope you like the result as they will last for ever. This design is part of Summer Meadow 5 for 12″ by 8″ hoops. This is one of my all time favourites in the third set of designs, as it contains a full head of cow parsley with tiny flowers, which flower along the country lanes during late spring, in England.
By the way, if you send away for some of the silk fabric packs you could use them for a Romantic crazy quilt block. (This is the bridal one, GFE-RCQ-14)
Happy embroidering from Hazel