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…..

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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 featuring smocking these last few years.

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a “naughty”embroidered fairy for your tree

 A naughty fairy you ask? Let me explain. Back in 2017 I created the “Christmas” and “Snow” Angels with the promise of an update. Well in digitising and finishing off the update, a new angel with fairy wings I discovered she is inclined to misbehave in the hoop! To be sure that she gets a warm welcome in many homes this Christmas I have spent considerable time perfecting her…..

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how to celebrate machine embroidery

To celebrate ten years of creating machine embroidery I combined elements from several of my more recent collections. This combination has several variations and I have created lots of options within this new set called Embroidery Celebration. I have recently invested in some new colours from Sulky and I have used quite a few for this collection.

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what inspires a new colour scheme

As  I complete the final set in the Orchids for Ruth collection I was trying to decide what new colour scheme I could use for my final stitch out for this blog and what fabric I should use. I have stitched on ivory, brown and moss green silk dupion and have experimented with several colour schemes for my threads. When I need inspiration for the colours of flowers I usually search photographs online of the particular species. After discovering some beautiful photos of orchids I decided to do something quite bold. Continue reading

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Alphabets come, Alphabets go…… But some Alphabets are here forever! by Pamela Cox

          Graceful Embroidery’s anniversary celebration is our Christmas in September/October!!!!  Seriously!!!   I just downloaded some 32 (?) beautiful elements and when I went back to Graceful Embroidery’s website to make sure that I had downloaded all the gifts…….gifts were still being offered!

An entire alphabet as a free download!!!

          I am so excited, and for several different reasons!

      First, and foremost, I know and appreciate the quality that each Graceful Embroidery element offers.

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Small elements, big rewards with Bohemian Jewels by Pamela Cox

When my friend Pamela Cox downloads the Birthday freebies* which are available to  members of my Embroidery group, each year she always comes up with some inspirational ideas. This year I thought it would be fun to let her share those ideas on my blog……

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embroidering applique orchids

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 has taken me a long time to finally digitise one of these beautiful flowers, the phalaenopsis orchid. Earlier this year I tested out the orchids by creating an embroidered card for my sister who also loves orchids. To make them more realistic there is an option for the sepals and petals to be stitched out and added as applique held in place by the column, lip and throat of the orchid.

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creating an embroidered triptych

I love to display my favourite embroidery designs and the triptych, three canvases sometimes  hinged together, is one of the best ways to do this, especially if the embroidery is done on silk and has an oriental flavour.

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digitising a colourful Christmas collection

Over the last few weeks I have been working on the new Christmas collection for 2017. This collection was inspired by some wrapping paper! As there are already several collections at Graceful Embroidery in the usual seasonal colour schemes, I have decided to use a very different group of colours, jades, olive greens, greys and rich spicy colours like russet, maples and cinnamon along with copper and silver metallic thread. The development of these designs, takes advantage of the wonderful digitising tools available in Wilcom e4, the latest version of the commercial software that I have been using. The designs have a slight “grunge” feel to them like Amore Grunge, Fleur de Grunge and Morning grunge, characterised by tiny elements and open leaves.  Continue reading

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