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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … 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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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