Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Doodle Day

Sometimes you just need a doodle day and today was mine.

 I started by playing with patterns on paper

And finished with a doodle block

The trouble with this is that more ideas keep flowing and I need more doodle days than I have time for. 

If you fancy having a go at machine embroidery doodling I am running a work shop on June 3rd at Rutland Sewing Centre, near Oakham. Please contact the shop to book a place. 


Monday, 5 May 2014

A Box of Goodies

The Bank Holiday weekend has been lovely. A bit of gardening, a day trip to the coast, a 25th Wedding Anniversary party and a wonderful parcel in the post. All the above have been wonderful but I'm sure that it is the box of goodies in which you will be most interested.

Is is a box of 30 sewing machine feet which fit machines that use the snap on system.  Luckily all my machines use this system. There are feet here that I have not had cause to use - yet. I feel a day experimenting is called for, after I have finished my stitch samplers though. 

This wonderful box contains a walking foot, sprung darning foot, two types of 1/4" quilting feet, and an appliqué foot, along with many others ( see list at bottom of post) 

All these great feet with a retail value of over £300 for less than £60. A bargain I couldn't resist.

If you are interested in a set call Paul at and mention my blog ( 0800 567 7111 or 020 8236 1520 ) But please note that I'm not sure when the offer ends.

And here are a couple of pictures from historic Kings Lynn on a lovely sunny Sunday. 

The full list of feet:

Braiding foot
Fringe food
5 Hole cording foot
7 hole cording foot
Edge joining foot
1/4" Quilting foot 
Straight Stitch foot
Open toe embroidery foot
Round Bead foot
Zig zag foot
Cording foot
1.4" quilting foot with guide
9 groove pintuck foot
overcasting foot
Stitch guide foot
5 Groove pintuck foot
Satin stitch foot
Zigzag foot
Double welting foot
Invisible Zipper foot
Roller foot
Blind Stitch foot
Applique foot
Open toe foot
Darning foot
Shirring foot
1/8" round hemmer foot
Hemmer foot
Adjustable bias tape binder
Walking foot


Friday, 2 May 2014

Butterflies and Stitch Samples

 Yesterday, one of my Machine Embroidery students, Barbara, brought in her folder of samples from the first two lessons. 

She has taken to machine embroidery so well and has given me permission to share her work here. 

From her first free motion embroidery sample, and through using colour and stitch she has made wonderful start to her machine embroidery. 

Her applique samples show good use of colour and stitch, and will be an invaluable resource for her future work.  

She also inspired me to get on and start cataloguing the stitches of my Brother Innovis sewing machine.
This is a job I have intended to do for ages and have now made a start. I encourage my students to do this but hadn't done it myself, now is the time to remedy this failing. 
I find that once I have started something there is a chance it will get done. These are the first two samplers and I haven't started on the decorative stitch setting yet. What I have learnt is that the stitches are not exactly like the diagrams. Much more variation is possible with by altering the stitch width and length and that will be yet another sampler. 

I now need to move away from the computer and get back to my machine. 
I hope you have enjoyed Barbara's work too