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Creating another Grunge style collection

There are several collections at Graceful Embroidery which feature my own style of grunge embroidery. A while back I was asked to create some embroidery for a bridal gown similar to my Amore Grunge collection but with morning glory flowers. I love these type of embroidery designs as they stitch out quickly as the leaves and flowers are usually just outlines. I set to creating another collection which would include the requested designs and called it the Morning Grunge collection, adding humming birds to the designs.

This month the four sets in the Morning Grunge collection are available for just $35, which is a great saving. You will find a large variety of designs in these sets, including a couple of pretty quilt blocks. The designs have been created in shades of blues but for this new stitch out I changed some of them.

I found a delicious shade of pale lemon silk dupion for my stitch out on “stitch and tear” stabiliser with embroidery batting.

As you can see from the photo the embroidery has been stitched in a pale greens and lemons.

I must confess that I discovered a Robson Anton rayon thread which I used for the outline of the morning glories = Colour 2343 Eggshell. I usually use only Sulky Rayon threads but I don’t think there is a comparable shade made by them.

The silk dupion used is a slubby one so you get these irregular lines on the fabric. It creases less than the smooth types and overall is easier to work with.

I used an olive green for the some of the seed heads in these designs, Sulky Rayon 1229 Light putty. Interesting that it appears darker than usual because of the pale colour of the fabric. Always remember this rule, a light thread will appear lighter on dark fabric and a light thread will appear darker on a light fabric! Understanding how colours blend and react to each other comes with practise.

Here is the finished block. I wish the camera had captured the true colour of the silk fabric.

Over the years I have received some wonderful photos of projects made with designs from this collection. Here are a few.

The addition of lace at the bottom of the hanger makes this so beautiful.

Something completely different for Christmas which works well when you change the colours of the designs.

There is also a coaster in the collection which can be stitched out on wash away stabiliser so you get perfect scalloped edges.

This wall hanging has cleverly used the colours of the fabric used.

Hope you have been inspired by these wonderful projects. Be quick as the offer finishes at the end of this month. (May 2019)

Happy embroidering from Hazel

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