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Why I love Celtic Machine Embroidery

There are many reasons why I love Celtic Machine Embroidery. It is not the easiest type of embroidery to digitize especially if the knot work is wide enough that the weaving in and out are clear and accurate. I saw a need for versatile Celtic embroidery designs so I set about learning how to create… Continue reading Why I love Celtic Machine Embroidery

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Embellishing machine embroidery

The Gracieuse Bouton Broderie collection of heirloom machine embroidery designs contains little embroidered buttons and scrolls, along with small flowers. The name translates from the French to "Graceful embroidered buttons". Embellishing always enhances machine embroidery designs, mkaing them come alive. I usually start with hot fix crystals and pearls but there are many other options,like… Continue reading Embellishing machine embroidery

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Guest Blog: An embroidered toiletry bag

My competition entry for 2020 was an intended present I had created for my Mum. It initially set off as a large toiletry bag combining designs from the Vintage Grace Collection in my software.  I then combined designs from different collections (listed below) around the initial ‘J’.  The overall shape and size of the bag… Continue reading Guest Blog: An embroidered toiletry bag

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Guest blog: Summer Meadows machine embroidered Tablecloth

The Graceful Embroidery designs for this tablecloth were chosen from the Summer Meadow sets 2 and 3. I also used the single flowers from set 1 to test out my colour choices. They were stitched with polyester thread from Marathon and Admelody. Floral machine embroidery from Graceful Embroidery Using my embroidery software, I printed templates… Continue reading Guest blog: Summer Meadows machine embroidered Tablecloth

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Creating a Rosemaling machine embroidery collection

Ever since I visited Norway as a teenager I have loved the art of Rosemaling. My first attempts at digitizing this folk art were done back in 2013. Before I began to create more designs that capture this beautiful art form, I took time to find out much more about it and to discover more… Continue reading Creating a Rosemaling machine embroidery collection

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Guest blog: A needle case using a 2021 Daily freebie

Pamela has put together this little project which you might like to try using one my 2021 freebies. Cut a 4” x 6” piece of canvas. Fold in half with right sides together and crease. There is a ½” seam allowance all around which reduces the 3” front cover width to an embroidery area of… Continue reading Guest blog: A needle case using a 2021 Daily freebie

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Contrasting Elements – Guest Blog by Pamela Cox

          Once again, Hazel is celebrating Graceful Embroidery’s Anniversary by giving us a wonderful new set of designs for free; collect the entire set by visiting the website each day of the celebration and download a new design!           In today’s blog, I’d like to explore with you the idea of incorporating “Contrast” in your… Continue reading Contrasting Elements – Guest Blog by Pamela Cox

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When a machine embroidery goes wrong!!

Please do not believe that I get good results every time I embroider on my machine. On reflection there are some days when it would have really been better to do something else! I honestly believe that a certain amount of calm is required for successful machine embroidery. No project should be hurried or began… Continue reading When a machine embroidery goes wrong!!