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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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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: 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: perfecting my Vintage sewer’s Crazy quilt

Graceful Embroidery has a good selection of crazy quilt blocks each with different themes. Not all of them are square though. As well as 2 stockings, 2 Dresden shaped ones there is a Christmas tree and two vintage oblong crazy quilts. This is my Romantic crazy quilt 7 with a vintage sewing theme. May I… Continue reading A re-blog: perfecting my Vintage sewer’s Crazy quilt

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A re-blog: Embroidering a Wreath

There is nothing more delightful than a perfectly embroidered wreath in the centre of a table with an ornament or vase standing in the middle, but many of us may find the prospect rather daunting unless it is embroidered out in one hooping. In preparing the Anastasia's Spring I thought a lovely wreath featuring the… Continue reading A re-blog: Embroidering a Wreath

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A re-blog: planning a simple Christening gown

The prospect of creating your very first Christening gown may be quite daunting but if you do not aim to create something too complicated you will find it enjoyable and may want to move on to more complicated gowns. Looking at all the available sewing patterns I found a 1940's vintage style one which only used… Continue reading A re-blog: planning a simple Christening gown

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A re-blog: embroidering in silk thread

I feel in love with silk along time ago when I worked in a fabric shop and it is my favourite fabric partly because it is so versatile and also because it comes in the most wonderful shades. Unlike other fabrics which may be ¬†available in a couple of shades of one colour silk dupion… Continue reading A re-blog: embroidering in silk thread

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A re-blog: A cushion for Georgiana

I had a little wicker chair that I bought for when Georgie, my granddaughter,  came to visit! It needed a cushion though, and while I was finishing off the Georgiana collection which is named after her I thought I would use one of the designs to create the perfect little cushion. There are two circular… Continue reading A re-blog: A cushion for Georgiana