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The Graceful Embroidery free gift to start the year

This January I am giving you all a beautiful design. You see it here with my Japanese ikebana with some of the first small daffodils of the year. These are so pretty and I cannot resist them when they appear in the supermarkets. A hint of what is to come.

Here it is loaded on my machine ready to stitch out with 2 thread colours. I stitched mine in my 8″ x 8″ hoop. As you can see it has 22,824 stitches.

You can see I used 2 pieces of wash away stabiliser overlapped to create one layer. If your stabiliser is not wide enough for your hoop, this little trick works very well. A slight spray of temporary adhesive will keep the 2 sections together. I have not tried glue sticks as they are likely to dispense too much permanent glue.

Note how I use a T pin to hold these 2 layers securely. I forgot to take a photo of that so my apologies for showing a different stitch out for Winter Jewels.

I love this element of Regency Whispers and have used it for the main part of the design.

The ivory tulle is hardly visible but it is there supporting the embroidery.

The main section here is nearly complete. I used ordinary bobbin thread for this but you could use the same thread top and bottom, but the embroidery would be marginally thicker.

It is important when the embroidery is finished to snip as many of the jump threads as possible before you wash the stabiliser away. This protects the tulle from being cut by mistake. I was quite severe in my snipping confident that the embroidery will not unravel.

Before I washed the stabiliser under a running tap I had cut around the design about ½″ from the edge with my pinking shears but decided this did not look good. I prefer not to soak embroideries until nearly all the stabiliser is washed out. I left it to soak overnight and left it to dry naturally. The I cut each side of the points all around the edge. Always cut into a corner never out of one if possible.

Lastly I trimmed between the points.

After pressing it from the back I did more snipping using very sharp scissors.

What’s wrong with this mat? It’s back to front! (giggles)

This is definitely the right side, a vast improvement.

You can test out this design for free providing you are a member of the Graceful Embroider Group Forum. Please join today so you can download it from the Freebie page within the group. You may have to wait for up to 36 hours for approval if there are lots of new memberships and you need to have opened an account at Graceful Embroidery.


Happy embroidering in 2019 from Hazel at Graceful Embroidery

12 thoughts on “The Graceful Embroidery free gift to start the year

  1. Apparently I am still not registered in the new forum onsite of GracefulEmbroidery. Not sure what the problem is, but when I tried to get in the site, my password was rejected, and when I requested a new password, the site did not recognize my email address. I contacted you several times late last summer, and I thought this problem was solved, but I am having the same situation occur. I am a gold member, having been swapped over from opal status earlier this year.Suggestions, please! Thanks!Cindy Cooke

  2. What a delicate and beautiful design – thank you so much Hazel I cannot wait to stitch it out .

  3. I’ve just spent 30 minutes trying to find this beautiful free gift with no success. I am a forum member, I am logged in, there is no ‘free’ category and I cannot find it under any other category either. Thanks anyway. A longtime fan, Deb Fischer

    Lifes most important question: What are you doing for others?

  4. Thank you for the design and the information in your blog post. I will try this, as I’ve not embroidered on tulle before. I’m always game for something new.

  5. I have an account on your website I also have an account on the Forum. I tried to log into the Forum, but the site kept telling me that I was using the wrong password. So, I entered that I forgot my password. Then the site said that there was no account with my email address. So I tried to create a new account, and the site said that my email address was already in use. What do I do now? Thank you. Valerie 393-2305 USA

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