Embroidering an antique sewing machine

With the launch of my new website, I have been planning the release of my best design set ever, comprising an antique sewing machine with pretty scroll work, perfectly beautiful fuchsia flowers, delightful roses, along with some outstanding blending of threads. This very special set has been a great labour of love over several months, not only for the actual digitising where I have tried to incorporate new fills some of which are blended, but also in the choice of colours. Continue reading

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Developing old style embroidery designs

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Ever since I visited Hampton Court Palace in London with my friend, Pamela, to attend an exhibition on white work by the Royal School of Needlework,  and we also went to Jane Austen’s home at Chawton, Hampshire, which also had … Continue reading

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Re blogged – some Alphabets are here forever! by Pamela Cox

Back last year Pamela wrote this fascinating blog about the use of the Grace font which is being released today. This is what she wrote:

          I am so excited, and for several different reasons!

      First, and foremost, I know and appreciate the quality that each Graceful Embroidery element offers.

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Embroidered birthday card with texture

The challenge I set myself this year for my sister’s birthday card was to create a textured  coat with an astrakhan type collar on one of Kate Greenaway’s little children.

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Stitching out a machine embroidered smocked panel

Before releasing the final set in the Arabella Bullion collection for 12″ x 8″ I would like to take you through a stitch out of one of the panels, GFE-ARB-5-14, to explain what I did and why, as well as the observations I made and the lessons I made from the mistakes that occurred. This panel is a horizontal panel which holds vertical pleats so it could be used on the yoke of a baby’s dress.

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Arabella Bullion design for a quilted mat (part 1)

I love taking small embroidery designs and combining them into interesting shapes, especially in squares (quilt blocks) oval and circular ones. Most of my collections feature some type of edging or border, but as I add a border I am aware that I create a problem. Tiny circles, leaves and buds on the edge of the border mean that the design cannot be given the normal scalloped edge treatment where the underlay is embroidered and the fabric carefully trimmed away before satin stitches are added to finish off the design.

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More about machine embroidered smocking panels

As the Arabella Bullion collection develops and I am creating larger panels and designs I want to explain what I understand to be the limitations of what can be smocked on your embroidery machine, for my own benefit in digitising them correctly and also for yours so you understand what sizes will work and what sizes are too large and therefore impossible…

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Happy embroidering in 2018

Firstly let me wish you all a very Happy New Year. With a whole twelve months ahead we can dream about all the machine embroidered projects we would like to complete in 2018. To start you off on this journey of creativity I have a design to give you all…..

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This year’s machine embroidered Christmas card

Those of  you who follow my blog know that every Christmas I make a very special machine embroidered card for my sister from one of my designs. Last week I made this years one for her and thought I should show the stages of its construction. Back in the summer I released my collection for this year, The Gilded Treasures collection….

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Customising your own smocking panels and more

One of the many features of my new Arabella Bullion collection is that you can create your own embroidered smocking panels with the tiny elements from the first set on several sizes of basic panels. Let me show you how…..

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