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Creating an embroidery card for Christmas 2020

Those of you who have followed my blog over the years know that each December I set about designing a machine embroidered card for my sister. This year I decided to do something a little different and I used a freebie to make several cards to send to family and friends. A word of caution,… Continue reading Creating an embroidery card for Christmas 2020

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Use Nutcrackers when wrapping presents

When I created the nutcrackers I discovered that they were perfect for embroidering on felt. I confess it was a new medium for me but it is wonderful for machine embroidery as it appears that puckering is almost impossible. Although felt may not suitable for washing and is thick I have used it successfully for… Continue reading Use Nutcrackers when wrapping presents

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Guest blog: Creating the Paisley Pastel Dreams Quilt

My beloved Husband of 54 years passed away suddenly as lock down started and I was completely isolated from family and friends. As a means of coping I decided on the challenge of a quilt  - because of my fabric addiction and living in a small country town, I had everything I needed. I also… Continue reading Guest blog: Creating the Paisley Pastel Dreams Quilt

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Guest blog: The challenges of wedding dress embroidery

A while back I was delighted to receive an email from a couple of ladies who were making a wedding dress and wanted to use designs from the Natalie's wedding day collection. This was exactly what I had in mind when I created these designs so I was very excited. Let me take you through… Continue reading Guest blog: The challenges of wedding dress embroidery

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A re-blog: How to embroider Nutcrackers for Christmas

With the release of Disney's film, "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms", there have been a surge of interest in these little figures. At present there are now 6 nutcrackers in the collection at Graceful Embroidery. These little men have been created for the 5" x 7" hoop. A while back I discovered that felt… Continue reading A re-blog: How to embroider Nutcrackers for Christmas

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A re-blog: Preparing fabric for an heirloom project

Careful planning is required for an heirloom project and most times it will be necessary to test out how design combinations will look. May I encourage you to try anything that comes to mind, especially if it almost sounds too challenging. Very often what we think is not possible in machine embroidery, can in fact… Continue reading A re-blog: Preparing fabric for an heirloom project

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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… Continue reading Getting back to embroidery during the pandemic

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A re-blog: embroidering applique orchids

I have two all time favourite flowers, orchids are grown inside my home and fuchsias grow outside in my garden and many of the tender ones are over wintered in my greenhouse. ¬†It took me a long time to finally digitize one of these beautiful flowers, the phalaenopsis orchid. I tested out the orchids by… Continue reading A re-blog: embroidering applique orchids

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A re-blog: Celtic Claddagh with applique ivy leaves

Adding some dimension to embroidery can be a challenge but I have tried to make it as easy as possible with the designs which have this option. A little practice may be advisable to perfect the technique, but when you master adding pre-embroidered appliques to your projects, it opens up lots more choices and you… Continue reading A re-blog: Celtic Claddagh with applique ivy leaves

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A re-blog:combining the Georgiana mini designs for dolls and tiny baby clothes

There are countless¬†possibilities with the 32 designs in Georgiana mini for 40mm x 40mm hoops. Most of the elements from the Georgiana collection are here, so if you look at the larger designs you will get an idea of how they can be combined. As with all my recent designs you get the designs with… Continue reading A re-blog:combining the Georgiana mini designs for dolls and tiny baby clothes