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A re-blog: One of my biggest digitising challenges for Christmas

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

8 thoughts on “A re-blog: One of my biggest digitising challenges for Christmas

  1. Wow!!! I am so impressed. The quality of your digitizing has always been amazing, but I cannot even imagine how long this would have taken to work up. Fantastic job! I am not a digitizer, but I appreciate those who are gifted in that area of expertise. You are the cream of the crop. I first saw one of your videos earlier this week; it was great. I subscribed. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Stunningly beautiful as is ALL your creations!!! Thank you, looking forward to seeing all this years Christmas Collection. Thanks for all your hard work, love it!!

  3. i love your work. It is so beautiful. I would love you to add a large Christmas Stocking to your designs. Like the ones that are cross stitched, with a Santa and toys or Snowman and friends. Any large stocking. A lot of us have very large hoops and the stockings out there are very small. What a great addition to your Christmas collection. Thank you.

  4. I must agree with some of the other comments, it must have taken quite a bit of time to digitize and perfect the bow. I’ve said this before but your attention to detail is amazing! Your embroideries always amaze me as everyone one of them are just beautiful. I’m always looking forward to what you’ll surprise us with next!

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