So Much Talent!

What do you get when you give 11 talented embroiderers a fairly simple fabric panel and a few embroidery designs? Eleven uniquely-embroidered works of art. It absolutely amazes me to see how people put their own stamp of creativity into an embroidery project.

The past month has been an eye-opener – we’ve seen subtle touches such as Marie Zinno’s soft blue filagree designs that are built-in the Baby Lock Valiant.

MarieZinno.com

 

And an out of the box transformation by Cathy Sundermann of Stitch Fork Designs. That’s an impressive front door!

Cathy Sundermann of Stitch Fork Designs

Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman Productions sashed the wood grain panel with Nancy Zieman’s red Riley Blake shiplap fabric to spice it up. Deanna ditched the wrapped canvas idea and added a pretty floral border for a traditional wall-hanging.

Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman Productions

Milinda Stephenson opted to wrap her panel around a pillow. This was a fast and easy finish and her dog, Iris, loved it!

Milinda Stephenson

Michelle Umlauf used the IQ Designer in her Baby Lock Solaris machine to enhance the lettering. Talk about perfect placement! That’s a show stopper technique and wonderful way to show how to incorporate prints with embroidery. It’s all about value – making sure the embroidery is visible on a busy print.

Michele Umlauf – Sewing Machine Artistry

Carla Reale used Baby Lock’s Palette software program to add her own message in the applique heart of the Grateful panel. Join the Baby Lock Palette group on Facebook to watch her video.

Carla Reale of the Baby Lock Palette Community

Karen Parker made two samples! Her Grateful panel shows offset floral sprays at the top and bottom. I love that layout and never think of using it! Of course she pulled her thread colors from her fun, striped border.

Karen Parker of Thread Head & Company.

Karen’s English Pub theme set the tone for her border fabrics and faux leather trim – complete with nail heads! Her satin circles mimic a dinner plate and the embroidered knife and fork really seal the deal. Finished with two glasses of cold beer, this panel will look great in any proper drinking establishment.

Karen Parker of Thread Head & Company

Debbie Henry extended the wood grain quilting beyond the panel edge onto a wide border. Love her delicate blue floral spray in the center of the heart!

Debbie Henry of Secrets of Embroidery

The Embroiderist, Colleen Bell, used a dark thread to quilt her Gathering panel – love how visible the wood grain is. She paired her panel with an embroidered chalkboard fabric. As a mother of nine, she knows a thing or two about prepping meals!

Colleen Bell, The Embroiderist

Sara Gallegos of Sew Positively Sara added family names to the applique heart on the Grateful panel on her Baby Lock Solaris. Of course, she nailed the placement of the quilting designs with the help of a quick camera scan on the Solaris. Nothing like seeing before you stitch!

Check out her blog at SewPositivelySara to see how she pieced the heart blocks on her pillow.

Sara Gallegos

Our last participant, Debbie Cleek, added trapunto to her floral sprays on the Gathering panel. She used Designer’s Gallery to add the traditional technique of trapunto but with today’s technology.

Debbie Cleek of Designer’s Gallery

I’d like to give a huge thank you to all of the participants. If you followed along, I’m sure you’re were as impressed as I was with their creativity. And so many techniques were shared! Please leave a comment and tell me what’s your biggest embroidery challenge. We’ll pick a random winner to send one Farmhouse Sentiments kit.

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9 Comments on So Much Talent!

  1. Delores Bergstrom
    March 1, 2019 at 2:38 pm (5 months ago)

    My biggest embroidery challenge is re-sizing designs

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  2. JudiC
    March 1, 2019 at 3:08 pm (5 months ago)

    Design placement on clothing is always a challenge.

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  3. Linda Alford
    March 2, 2019 at 6:24 am (5 months ago)

    OH mercy! Those are so creative. I love when multiple people take on a project. It is astounding to see how different each can be. This project is an excellent example. What fun.

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  4. Dalene
    March 2, 2019 at 7:07 am (5 months ago)

    Thread color is my biggest challenge.

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  5. Betsy Evans
    March 2, 2019 at 8:02 am (5 months ago)

    Thread color and contrast of thread color with the fabric.

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  6. Sherrie Lilly
    March 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm (5 months ago)

    picking coordinating fabric for the embroidery designs is by biggest challenge.

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  7. Karen
    March 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm (5 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing all of them. My biggest challenge is making the time to do it.

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  8. JD
    March 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm (4 months ago)

    All the creative ideas showcased are so wonderful. My biggest dilemma is to have the confidence to get started. I am still so intimidated by my machine.

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    • Shirley
      March 28, 2019 at 8:49 am (4 months ago)

      Reserve an afternoon or morning. Start out with just one thing that you feel unsure about. Then move on, but if you don’t get it all learned don’t fret! Then repeat in a few days. Pretty soon, you will be hooked.

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