tiny heirloom designs are so versatile

I have been asked numerous times to create small designs for some of my heirloom collections that can be used for doll’s and tiny baby clothes. With a little editing in your embroidery software these can also be combined to create unique curved collar accents, borders, panels and inserts, perfect for an important embroidery project.

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a sumptuous crazy quilt

I just adore creating crazy quilt blocks as attaching the small segments of fabric in a sequence results in beautiful embroidery. Within the block there is a place to treasure forever those tiny scraps of fabric or lace that you could not bear to throw away. I think it is the mixture of fabric and embroidery thread which makes them all the more delightful, and each block is unique, personal. My first stitch out was done to test the embroidery, without attaching the various fabrics, just on white cotton in pretty shades of blue, like a china plate…..

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where I can find inspiration

There are many places where I can find inspiration for new designs, in my garden, out in the country, browsing online, in museums, window shopping and at my local garden centre. However flower shows never fail to delight and inspire me, and today I was able to visit one in my local town in the pouring rain and there was a wonderful surprise waiting for me…. Continue reading

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getting back to embroidery

It seems that many machine embroidery enthusiasts are prone to taking a break from embroidery for a time 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 ways to get back into the excitement of seeing a design complete on your machine.

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planting wild flowers in embroidery

So many times whilst I have been developing the Summer meadow collection it has occurred to me how much like gardening it has been, but without the dirty hands…

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capturing wild flowers in a summer meadow

I love this time of year when I can almost see the growth of the plants in the garden. There also seems to be an abundance of flowers everywhere I look in the shops, on bedding, table linens, curtains, clothes and china to name a few. I decided now was the perfect time to capture some of my favourite wild flowers that grow here in England, cornflowers, corn cockles, buttercups, harebells, cow parsley and clover. These may not grow in other countries and if they do I suspect they have different common names, but I love their graceful simplicity which I have tried to capture, even though they are regarded by many as mere weeds….. Continue reading

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making a small scalloped coaster

Whilst digitising the Morning Grunge collection I had noticed that with some editing the wings of the hummingbird would make a lovely scalloped edge. For the third set which has been created for 6″ wide hoops,  I have used this edge to create a round scalloped edge coaster with just morning glory buds inside….

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lace, hearts, bows and pearls to enhance your machine embroidery

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. I find it is a good idea to lay them all out around the block to see what goes well and what doesn’t….

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update on my Epic Embroidery machine

I cannot believe that my wonderful Husqvarna Epic machine is nearly a year old. I have so enjoy using it that it has taken me too long to blog further about it. I thought you would like me to share my favourite features of this machine, one year on. Today I was stitching out a new design whcih will be part of Morning Grunge 2 to be released in a few days, and I thought I would take this opportunity to show you what I love most of all about my machine. Continue reading

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diary of a quilt block with a bird’s nest!

Today I embroidered out one of the more simple blocks from Beatrice Quilt blocks 2. I wanted to check how this particular design looked with a large quilted background similar to one I had used in one of the Celtic Ivy blocks. I used Schmetz Gold embroidery needles, 75/11 and Tire Silk #50 threads. First of all I hooped up some Stitch and Tear in my 8″ square hoop, then applied my Floriani Embroidery batting to that with temporary adhesive spray (never use this near your machine, computers or devices)…….

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