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Guest blog: Strawberries and Cream table setting

I am hoping that many members of the Graceful Embroidery Group Forum are working on entries for this years competition, which has fantastic prizes. To inspire you all, here is another of last year’s fabulous entries.

After a topsy-turvy year of family illness and bereavement, and no creative motivation at all, I have just recently turned to my faithful embroidery machine to gain my enthusiasm again.

For this project I combined designs from the Strawberries and Cream collection. The bee comes from the Beatrice collection. Robison Anton rayon threads were used for this project. The fabric was a medium weight poly curtain fabric. A cotton quilting fabric was used for the backing. Iron-on poly batting was placed between the layers.

Preparing placement of designs on table runner

The central design for the table runner is Strawberries and Cream 4-11 at both ends and the bees were edited from Beatrice 2-7. I scattered them to pollinate the blossoms.

The finished table runner

My finished runner measured 28”x 13 ½”.

Small machine embroidered coasters

I made 6 coasters measuring 5” x 4” using embroidery design Strawberries and Cream 1-13.

Larger mats embroidered with Strawberries and Cream design

Six 14” x 11 ½” place mats were successfully embroidered using design Strawberries and Cream 4-19.

Machine embroidered bread basket cover embroidered with Strawberries and Cream designs

Strawberries and Cream 4-2 was used for my bread basket cover. It measured 21” x 14”.

Close up detail of edging

Each of the edges were finished through all layers of fabrics with 2 rows of 7mm close satin stitch. This was topped with a 6mm cross stitch. Additional rows of stitch-building finished the braided edging and I used the same embroidery thread both in the bobbin and the needle.

The entire machine embroidered project which used designs from the Strawberries and cream collection

“Many thanks for another delightful set of designs.”

If you are interested in taking part in the annual competition at Graceful Embroidery you must be a member of the Group Forum. Please join us today. It costs nothing but you must have an account at Graceful Embroidery. The closing date for entries is 19th September 2022 and all valid entries earn $128 to spend at Graceful Embroidery. First prize is $1000 worth of rewards to spend, second prize is $750 and 3rd price is $500 reward, so every entrant is a winner. The theme this year is “Making gifts that are embroidered”.

Happy embroidering from Hazel

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