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Getting back to embroidery during the pandemic

It seems that many machine embroidery enthusiasts are prone to taking a break from embroidery for a time 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, an illness or the loss of a loved one. Being creative can be good for our mental health just as getting outside can be.

There are several ways to get back into the excitement of seeing a design complete on your machine. During the COVID pandemic it may not be possible to take a trip to your dealer but browse their website for something new to try out like the latest hoop or accessory. Better still take a course of online lessons. Go to YouTube and enter the name of your machine in the search box and view some videos made about it. You will find this so helpful and it costs nothing.

Remember that the Graceful Embroidery GRAND SALE does not finish until Monday 12th October so maybe a new collection of intriguing designs maybe that needed stimulus.

Treat yourself to some gorgeous fabric like these packs of silk dupion that are available 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 click on this image to visit my 4 eGalleries of projects.

When I began to digitize the Summer Meadows collection of wild flowers I had no idea how popular they would become. These are versatile designs and brighten up anybody’s day.

Just for something entirely different,  embroider some wild flowers as I did when I was a child, arranged in this vase. This design is part of the Summer Meadows 4 for 12″ by 8″ hoops. The individual flowers in this collection stitch out quickly. You may not need some thing for yourself but they add character to gift for a friend like this apron!

Another customer recently shared how she up-cycled a wedding dress, creating this marvellous christening gown embellished with lace and embroidery from the Celtic Dreams collection. So let me encourage you to get creative and to share what you achieve!

Happy embroidering from Hazel

(this blog was adapted for the challenges of 2020 from an old blog)

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