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Guest blog: The SPLENDIFICENT DRESS (embroidering a christening gown)

     My name is Chris and my husband bought me my first Husqvarna Viking Embroidery/Sewing machine in 2003 when I had the crazy idea of embroidering the center block of our daughter and son-in-law's wedding quilt with their name and wedding date—not having any idea what I was getting into (and the joy it would… Continue reading Guest blog: The SPLENDIFICENT DRESS (embroidering a christening gown)

Discussing machine embroidery · New Designs

Creating your own lace from embroidery designs

Over the last few months I have been discovering how easy it is to create my own lace. Obviously there are many types of lace, and many of them are known by the name of the region in which they originated. Free standing lace designs have been available but these are not my favourite as… Continue reading Creating your own lace from embroidery designs

Discussing machine embroidery · Guest blogs · Projects

Guest blog: Arabella Bullion Bourdoir cushion

This is the first of a series of guest blogs at Graceful Threads of Inspiration. Over the years I have seen some outstanding embroidered projects that have been carefully created using my designs. Unable to actually see these beautiful works of art up close, I really would like to know more about their construction and… Continue reading Guest blog: Arabella Bullion Bourdoir cushion

Discussing machine embroidery · Projects

How to use designs from the Georgiana collection

During this month all 7 sets in the Georgiana collection are available for just $35! Have you considered getting these designs and creating something very special with them? Let me share some of the possibilities. My purpose when I digitised these designs was to give as much scope as possible for heirloom embroidery. Each design… Continue reading How to use designs from the Georgiana collection

Discussing machine embroidery

Getting back to embroidery – part of a re-blog

It seems that many machine embroidery enthusiasts are prone to taking a break from embroidery for a time, especially during the summer months, 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… Continue reading Getting back to embroidery – part of a re-blog

Projects

A Fabric block to make a beautiful case – a re-blog

The Katie Grace collection was developed from a lovely clip art panel and named after my first grand daughter.  I had always intended to create this panel as an embroidery fabric block and at last I have finished it. There appear to be so many possibilities for using this embroidery design. in preparing it I have… Continue reading A Fabric block to make a beautiful case – a re-blog

Discussing machine embroidery · New Designs

How Outline alignment stitches can enable even larger embroidery

I think I am quite sad to be completing the work on the Royal Heirloom collection. It has been quite exciting seeing the designs coming into shape in my embroidery software and then I have been completely fascinated watching them stitching out, testing out various colour schemes. In this final set of designs for 12"… Continue reading How Outline alignment stitches can enable even larger embroidery

Discussing machine embroidery · New Designs

Developing heirloom designs for larger hoops

This week I finished digitising and testing out the 12 designs in Royal Heirloom 4 for mega hoops that are 360mm by 150mm. As well as creating designs which can be used individually I like to make sure that the majority of the designs will combine easily for larger areas, like the train of a… Continue reading Developing heirloom designs for larger hoops

Discussing machine embroidery · New Designs

Scalloped edged machine embroidery

My heirloom collections have all had particular themes, like eyelets, special stitches like those created with wing needles and candle wicking. For my latest collection I have focused on creating delicate narrow ribbons of lace motif fills, that not only imitate lace lace insertion, but can also be easily adapted to shadow work, so the… Continue reading Scalloped edged machine embroidery