There are many places where I can find inspiration for new designs, in my garden, out in the country, browsing online, in museums, window shopping and at my local garden centre. However flower shows never fail to delight and inspire me, and today I was able to visit one in my local town in the pouring… Continue reading where I can find inspiration
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. There are several ways to get back into… Continue reading getting back to embroidery
There are so many places where I find my inspiration and ideas. I began to create machine embroidery because I was finding it difficult to find the right elegant heirloom designs for the dresses I was commissioned to make as a bridal dressmaker. I would find one design that was suitable but hardly ever found… Continue reading what inspires my embroidery digitising
I recently went to the Royal School of Needlework White Work exhibition in London, at Hampton Court Palace with a dear friend. It was an incredible day out especially as we discovered that two friends from USA were going too. Just visiting Hampton Court Palace itself is a thrilling experience as it is such a… Continue reading the glory of white work embroidery
I was very privileged to attend this marvellous event last month. Having never made a full size quilt myself I knew this would be visit where I would be challenged and inspired. Walking into the huge halls filled with incredible quilts was quite overwhelming. Where to start I wondered? Then there were rows and rows… Continue reading The Festival Of Quilts at NEC, Birmingham, UK
When Prince George was born I created Le bebe royale collection which was very popular and suitable for heirloom embroidery for boys in a pale blue colour scheme. When it was announced that the Duchess was expecting her second child I made a note to do the same again. Several months ago I decided that I… Continue reading a new collection for a little princess
You surf the internet and see lovely embroidery designs which you are certain need adding to your library of designs that you will one day stitch out. However deciding how to use at least a few designs can be quite a challenge, which is why I try to endeavour to give ideas on the use… Continue reading deciding how to use your embroidery designs
Easter has caught up with me and so today I tested out the Crazy quilt block I had designed to capture all the wonder of this lovely time of year. There are two crosses, one very simple and a more elaborate cross with some Celtic strippling. I have added white lilies, a beautiful hint of… Continue reading a Crazy Quilt block for Easter!
Sometimes a project just comes together and the results are delightful. Recently I sorted out my remnants basket which was full of many shades of silk dupion. I arranged some in clusters that looked good together for when I next stitched out a crazy quilt. One of the beauties of silk dupion happens when two colours are woven… Continue reading A Valentines Crazy Quilt block!
I was so excited when I saw that an Embroidery Exhibition was being held locally. All digitizers need to go out and be inspired and get ideas. This was a wonderful opportunity to view some vestments, burses and veils some of which dated back to the early 1900's. Although there were samples of machine embroidery… Continue reading Embroidery Exhibition