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A re-blog: the anatomy of an applique embroidery design!

The Almond Silk Paisley collection has been great fun to create. I would like to take you through the embroidering process of one of the designs from the next set to be released from this beautiful collection which is proving to be very popular. GFE-ALP-3-17 I have chosen this design because it is one of… Continue reading A re-blog: the anatomy of an applique embroidery design!

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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: 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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Guest Blog: The Cassandra’s White Work freebies for 2020 by Pamela Cox

          Many of us wonder what is the point of a small design, especially one created for a “special technique” such as white-work embroidery. For a quick peek of a few designs being offered in the anniversary collect plus some application suggestions for these beautiful elements, please read on.           Smaller elements are often perfect… Continue reading Guest Blog: The Cassandra’s White Work freebies for 2020 by Pamela Cox

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So what are this years Birthday designs are called?

Back in 2015 I visited Jane Austen's house in the village of Chawton with my friend Pamela Cox when she was here in England visiting from the USA. Its in an idyllic setting with a wonderful garden and lots of memorabilia. Several of my collections have been named after characters in her novels: Marianne, Harriet… Continue reading So what are this years Birthday designs are called?

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The Jacobean Sampler Tree of Life

As I worked on the Jacobean Sampler collection I set myself a challenge, to take some of the elements and create a tree of life, a very popular design in this style of embroidery. Obviously the first decision was the size and I went for my largest hoop, the massive 360mm x 260mm, so I… Continue reading The Jacobean Sampler Tree of Life

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Those annoying jump stitches – love them or hate them?

I try to keep an eye on what is going on in the Machine Embroidery world so I know what problems need to be addressed. Nothing seems to be spark more comments than jump stitches! Many of you hate them and I have read that some prefer not to purchase embroidery designs where jump stitches… Continue reading Those annoying jump stitches – love them or hate them?

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Taking another machine embroidery design and give it the “special” treatment

As I work on any set of machine embroidery designs I like to experiment with different ways of embroidering them out, finding new levels of creativity and pushing the boundaries. There is so much satisfaction in creating something unique! There are 10 designs in Renaissance Fuchsias 5, created for the 12" by 8" hoop. I… Continue reading Taking another machine embroidery design and give it the “special” treatment

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Renaissance Fuchsias stitch out

One of the wonderful benefits of creating the Renaissance Fuchsias collection is that I can now have fuchsias blooming every day inside the house! One of the largest designs in this collection can be found in Renaissance Fuchsias 4. For reference it is called GFE-RNF-4-7. These designs have been created to be stitched out in… Continue reading Renaissance Fuchsias stitch out

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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 colour scheme, one that reflects a fuchsia that I simply adore. Out of over 50… Continue reading The selection of colours for a fuchsia flower