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
A finished embroidered quilt block is a delight, but a great deal of careful consideration needs to go into both the digitising and the stitch out process. When I created the Jacobean Sample collection I realised that the smaller elements would be perfect for a series of complimentary quilt blocks, but I wanted them to… Continue reading 🧵 My quilting in the hoop journey
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
"When Marrilyn sent me photos of this splendid Jacobean embroidered purse I was intrigued as to how she made it and knew you all would be too, so here is her guest blog." I have been machine embroidering for around 20 years firstly on a Husqvarna D1 and eventually upgrading to the Husqvarna Epic after… Continue reading A Guest blog: A Jacobean embroidered purse
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?
As the majority of my embroidery digitising consists of creating leaves, flowers, scrolls and scallops, animals are a HUGE challenge. Jacobean style embroidery usually features birds or animals so I opted for stags. Just as the flowers and leaves are stylised so are the animals and I love the extra flourishes and patterns. I have… Continue reading Selecting the right colour threads for my Jacobean stags
I have been blending embroidery threads for a while now. It allows me to soften the area where two colours join but it also can be used to create a new colour. This is an exciting edition to my embroidery designs especially when I am able to give a new dimension to leaves and flowers.… Continue reading Blending embroidery colours
Every year in early September, Hazel celebrates Graceful Embroidery’s anniversary by giving a complete collection of design elements to members of her Embroidery Group. It’s her mile stone in life, but we get the gifts! How special, and generous, is that? Each original element is digitized to Hazel’s high standard of quality and affords… Continue reading Guest Blog: Happy Anniversary to Graceful Embroidery!