Pick up your Favorite Embroidery Design to adore your Home Items
Posted by DedeHallett on May 2nd, 2013
As a digitizer of machine embroidery designs, my tastes and talents have continued to change and grow. In the beginning, I wanted to be all things to all people, providing everything from basic red work to intricate free-standing lace. While I’ve dabbled with just about every technique, I return again and again to anything that reminds me of my first love of quilting.
When I got my first embroidery machine, it slowly took over my sewing time until I spent very little time making quilts. Searching for and finding fabulous embroidery designs was my new hobby. I quickly found my favorite embroidery design gallery and picked up free embroidery designs, patterns and as many tutorials as I could read. My love of embroidery surpassed my love of quilting for a time.
Then, I realized how many of my embroidery projects were based on, or laid out like a quilting project. Redwork embroidery designs were my favorite because they were so versatile. Stitching them on bright white fabric and then setting them in a red and white nine-patch quilt was always an obvious Americana project. Then, I realized that those same redwork designs could be used to create the actual quilting stitches and a whole new world opened up for me.
I love creating appliqué quilts by hand. Yes, I know I’m weird, but I’ve never looked at appliqué as the “A-word” as so many do. Still, trying embroidery patterns that included in-the-hoop appliqué was a fun way to create this type of stitchery. It’s also wonderful for those who don’t have the time, talent or physical ability to do it by hand. I’m a firm believer than anything is proper as long as one is happy with the results.
The art of crazy-quilting never appealed to me much. While I love Victorian design, those ladies tended to overdo things with quilting to show off their skill and hand sewing and embroidery. It’s just not my style. One of my favorite designers started a series on crazy-quilting, though, and then I was hooked. She concentrated more on the machine embroidery stitching and much less on expensive fabrics, which suited me quite well. This is now my favorite way to create pillow covers.
Of course, quilting wouldn’t be complete without a bit of patchwork. Years ago, I tried out a free embroidery design that created a complete quilt block in-the-hoop. This was fascinating because it was so similar to paper foundation piecing. Anyone can learn to do it quickly and easily, and it’s a great way to use up small scraps. It’s a perfect combination.
As a digitizer, I may not be all things to all stitchers, but I must say that machine embroidery has become all things to my quilting passion. This is apparent with a quick peak at my embroidery supplies which are an eclectic mix of thread for machine embroidery and tools for quilting. I am so happy that I decided to give machine embroidery a chance all those years ago!
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