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Guest blog by Jean: My Jacobean machine embroidered Sampler Wall hanging

This was a machine embroidery project I set myself to help me try to overcome the loss of my daughter some twelve months ago. Knitting & sewing have been my hobbies for many years. For the last twelve months it has obviously been a struggle to concentrate on anything, but the time has come to try & work through the sad loss.

Planning the project

Having watched several of the machine embroidery Tutorials on Hazel’s website, I decided to set myself a challenge.

So, I set about collecting the various materials needed to produce a Jacobean Tree of life sampler.

For my background material I purchased the Raw Silk Material, that Hazel recommends. From my large collection of Embroidery threads I selected my colours & purchased the Jacobean Sampler designs with the detailed PDF instructions from Graceful Embroidery.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

Embroidering the designs

I decided to start with the tree as my centre image. I set about the work using my Brother Innov-is V3 Embroidery Machine.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

Following the PDF instructions, the tree required the use of 3 hoops & after some careful thought I succeeded in getting all the joining’s together.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery
Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

Having been successful with this first stage of the Jacobean embroidery, I now had the drive to carry on.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

My next challenge was to place the corner images correctly. That is not easy as I am Partially Sighted, so I enlisted the help of my husband. We marked the corners ready for embroidering the designs & with some trepidation set the machine up & set too. All went well!

From then we moved on to the centre left & right edges followed by the centre top & bottom images.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

Then came the time to set out all the remaining separate images required to fill in the rest of the sampler. I used the sample pictures in the PDF to place the individual pictures in the order I wished them to be.

Once I was happy with my selection, I again took the help of my husband to position them correctly before embroidering them in place.

Finishing the project

Having now completed the Jacobean machine embroidery I had to decide how it would be best displayed. My initial thoughts were to stretch it myself & have it as a wall hanging. However I was not keen on doing it myself, so I opted for a professional to do it for me.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

I took my finished work to our local picture framing gallery. With their guidance I decided to have a framed & glazed mount.

Jacobean machine embroidery designs by Graceful embroidery

My conclusions

Now that I have the completed work at home I am happy with what I have achieved. I am pleased with the professional framing & I am thinking about my next challenge. The most difficult part was thinking everything out, and then the positioning the machine embroidery designs accurately on the fabric. If I were to do it again, I would spend more time thinking about it before going ahead. The best thing I learnt was that I have now the courage to do it and go on to do many more Projects.

Hazel comments: “WOW! What an amazing project you produced. I am sure that it gets many compliments as it hangs in pride of place in your home. When I began to created these designs I could never have imagined what would be embroidered with them.”

Happy embroidering from Hazel

14 thoughts on “Guest blog by Jean: My Jacobean machine embroidered Sampler Wall hanging

  1. What a lovely project Jean – you have done an amazing job and so wonderful that you used this to overcome such sadness – sending you much love and encouragement

  2. What a splendid masterpiece. You have inspired me, for I too lost my son a year ago, and it’s been difficult getting motivated again. You must be very busy now answering all questions related to this wonderful piece of art.

  3. How beautiful this is. I love the colors you chose and the balance of the entire design.

  4. It is absolutely beautiful I am hoping to soon embroider the Jacobean Tree I love Grace’s designs. If I live long enough I will make the quilt also

  5. Stunning. What a beautiful job you did. I am sure your daughter would be very proud of your accomplishment.

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