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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 · New Designs

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… Continue reading Stitching out a machine embroidered smocked panel

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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… Continue reading More about machine embroidered smocking panels

Discussing machine embroidery · New Designs · Projects

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..... I suggest that you do a few smocked panels before you begin to customise your… Continue reading Customising your own smocking panels and more

Discussing machine embroidery · New Designs

Little bullion roses for smocking

Arabella is my youngest granddaughter and this new heirloom collection is named after her. Although she is already two years old I confess that I have been working on this collection for over two years. Smocking fascinates me and has become popular again probably because the Duchess of Cambridge has dressed her children in clothes… Continue reading Little bullion roses for smocking