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About gracefulembroidery

I digitise machine embroidery designs specializing in Bridal, heirloom and Celtic work.

The selection of colours for a fuchsia flower

When I created the Renaissance fuchsia designs I developed just one flower with various colour ways. By selecting another set of threads I encourage your to experiment with colour. Before releasing Renaissance Fuchsias 3 I decided to try a different … Continue reading

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Machine embroidery resolutions for 2020

Many of us like to consider how we will improve our lives when a New Year comes around and maybe this increases when we move into a new decade. From the machine embroidery point of view a lot has changed … Continue reading

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The challenge of this year's Christmas card

Every year I make a machine embroidered card for my sister. It has become a tradition and often times it is based on my most recent Christmas collection. With each passing year the cards become more of a challenge for … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – My Book of embroidery hoops

I’ve owned an embroidery machine for 12 years but only really started machine embroidery 3 – 4 years ago since purchasing a new machine. I currently own a Pfaff Creative 4.5. I decided to enter the 2019 competition at Graceful … Continue reading

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A naughty fairy for Christmas – a re-blog

 A naughty fairy you ask? Let me explain. Back in 2017 I created the “Christmas” and “Snow” Angels with the promise of an update. Well in digitising and finishing off the update, a new angel with fairy wings I discovered … Continue reading

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A re-blog: Fields of Poppies

There have been lots of programmes on television and films made which catalogue the dreadful events and history of World War 1 which began over one hundred years ago. It was the war changed the world we live in. I am reminded of … Continue reading

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Why am I so passionate about machine embroidery?

When a customer brought some machine embroidery samples into the fabric shop where I worked I was immediately enthralled and captivated. Having never seen an embroidery unit I could not imagine how something so beautiful could be created, not by … Continue reading

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Selecting the right colour threads for my Jacobean stags

As the majority of my embroidery digitising consists of creating leaves, flowers, scrolls and scallops, animals are a HUGE challenge. Jacobean style embroidery usually features birds or animals so I opted for stags. Just as the flowers and leaves are … Continue reading

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Blending embroidery colours

I have been blending embroidery threads for a while now. It allows me to soften the area where two colours join but it also can be used to create a new colour. This is an exciting edition to my embroidery … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Lucia’s Christening gown

My name is Kathy and I own an Ellure Plus. I have been machine embroidering for about 5 years. I’ve made christening gowns for each of my grandchildren. This gown was created for Lucia. I always start my project by … Continue reading

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