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Embellishing machine embroidery

The Gracieuse Bouton Broderie collection of heirloom machine embroidery designs contains little embroidered buttons and scrolls, along with small flowers. The name translates from the French to "Graceful embroidered buttons". Embellishing always enhances machine embroidery designs, mkaing them come alive. I usually start with hot fix crystals and pearls but there are many other options,like… Continue reading Embellishing machine embroidery

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Guest Blog: An embroidered toiletry bag

My competition entry for 2020 was an intended present I had created for my Mum. It initially set off as a large toiletry bag combining designs from the Vintage Grace Collection in my software.  I then combined designs from different collections (listed below) around the initial ā€˜Jā€™.  The overall shape and size of the bag… Continue reading Guest Blog: An embroidered toiletry bag

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Creating a Rosemaling machine embroidery collection

Ever since I visited Norway as a teenager I have loved the art of Rosemaling. My first attempts at digitizing this folk art were done back in 2013. Before I began to create more designs that capture this beautiful art form, I took time to find out much more about it and to discover more… Continue reading Creating a Rosemaling machine embroidery collection

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Guest blog by Jean: My Jacobean machine embroidered Sampler Wall hanging

This was a machine embroidery project I set myself to help me try to overcome the loss of my daughter some twelve months ago. Knitting & sewing have been my hobbies for many years. For the last twelve months it has obviously been a struggle to concentrate on anything, but the time has come to… Continue reading Guest blog by Jean: My Jacobean machine embroidered Sampler Wall hanging

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A green and gold Father Christmas

I am not a great fan of the truly traditional colours of Christmas, preferring some of the more unusual colour schemes. My Father Christmas can be embroidered to be a dimensional figure but he also work very well as an ordinary embroidery. Here is my story of one of my "flat" versions embroidered on smooth… Continue reading A green and gold Father 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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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: 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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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