One of my most exciting decisions I have to make around the end of the summer is about my Christmas collection. This year I couldn’t decide between Elegant Messages that was started the year before and the images for Poinsettia Promises. So I decided to go for both as they are very different. However nestling among the many images from Diddybag was a very elaborate bow which I dismissed as a ” digitising impossibility”!
As I was finalizing the designs for the larger hoops I looked again at this beautiful lavish tartan bow and decided that it was too good to pass by.
Rising to this challenge I looked at the colours and decided to go for all 5 so that the richness of the ribbon is not lost in the embroidery.
My first attempt need a great deal of tweaking to eliminate as many jump stitches as possible. So I have to admit that it took a long time to digitize just one bow. Then I stitched it out and it was far too dense and my poor machine was struggling. However the overall look was good so I breathed a sigh of relief and reduced the density and underlay for the majority of the ribbon details. Here is the finished bow in all its glory. The edging gives it a lovely finish and I think it would work as a stand alone design for any decoration. The dark green insides of the ribbon give it depth. Next time I think something is impossible I will not dismiss it. After all the best results in embroidery can take considerable effort and time. This has encouraged me to go for other huge digitising challenges.
You can see the detail of the ribbon in the close up. I hope you all like it. The design became part of Poinsettia Promises 2 for 5″ by 7″ hoops which was released back in 2014.
You can see the detail of the ribbon in the close up. I hope you all like it. I am in the process now of adding it to other forthcoming sets in the collection. The design is part of Poinsettia Promises 2 for 5″ by 7″ hoops.
Hope you will seriously consider adding this to a Christmas project this year. These designs and all my designs at Graceful Embroidery are available at a 75% discount until 12th October 2020. Enjoy and please send me photos of what you embroider out.
Happy embroidering from Hazel