I have two all time favourite flowers, orchids are grown inside my home and fuchsias grow outside in my garden and many of the tender ones are over wintered in my greenhouse. It took me a long time to finally digitize one of these beautiful flowers, the phalaenopsis orchid. I tested out the orchids by… Continue reading A re-blog: embroidering applique orchids
I feel in love with silk along time ago when I worked in a fabric shop and it is my favourite fabric partly because it is so versatile and also because it comes in the most wonderful shades. Unlike other fabrics which may be available in a couple of shades of one colour silk dupion… Continue reading A re-blog: embroidering in silk thread
There are several real challenges for machine embroidery digitisers but one of particular frustration is choosing the shades of embroidery thread and how they are best portrayed! I am constantly aware that the shades and tones used in my designs are a very important part of their quality and finished appearance. The combination of colours… Continue reading A re-blog: The Problem of colour!
The many antique and vintage samplers that can be found on the internet fascinate me. I view and collect those I like on Pinterest, which is a great source of inspiration! It is hard to have a favourite as there is such variety out there, but I am always amazed at the time and skill… Continue reading A re-blog: Creating the Graceful Silk Sampler
As I work on any set of machine embroidery designs I like to experiment with different ways of embroidering them out, finding new levels of creativity and pushing the boundaries. There is so much satisfaction in creating something unique! There are 10 designs in Renaissance Fuchsias 5, created for the 12" by 8" hoop. I… Continue reading Taking another machine embroidery design and give it the “special” treatment
Designs in the Vintage Grace collection probably have more colours in them than any other collection at Graceful Embroidery. I would encourage you not to let that daunt you. These designs like the Antique Sewing machine are for embroidering works of art to be cherished and so are worth the effort and time it will… Continue reading Considering colours changes for a special embroidery
As an avid digitiser I had to embroider my New Year's message for you all! Rather than create something new I decided to take one of my favourite collection and create a new design with the elements. This is the result and you can purchase the designs in January 2019 for just $7.50. What a… Continue reading A spontaneous stitch out with no planning whatsoever
Back in the summer after seeing that remarkable embroidered veil which was worn by Meghan Markle, I knew it was time to digitise some unique designs for veil embroidery. The Rachel Kathryn Bridal collection is named after my eldest daughter. Some designs really lose their depth and detail when they are stitched out in just… Continue reading A study in white for a machine embroidered bridal veil?
In completing my 12th Romantic Crazy quilt block I decided to be more flamboyant than usual. After I had added the four pastel shades of silk dupion along with some lace to the base fabric and completed the embroidery, I searched for lots of silk ribbon, pearls, crystals and other items to embellish my block.… Continue reading A flamboyant crazy quilt block -a re-blog
This morning I drove through the New Forest, a national park not far from where I live. It seems that autumn has arrived with a flourish here, the leaves are turning and dancing to the ground and the ferns have changed into golden bracken. The colours all around reminded me of the Gloriana Gold collection,… Continue reading Seasonal embroidered gifts