Embroidery Inspiration for the New Year

Happy New Year, friends! With a new year under way, I’m sure many of you are making sewing resolutions – whether you are planning projects, vowing to learn a new technique or promising yourself you’ll finally complete those unfinished projects in the corner of your sewing room. January is a great time to evaluate your projects and think about what upcoming “big” moments you want to sew for – maybe you want to get started on Easter garments or perhaps there is a wedding, new baby, christening, graduation or other special occasion on the horizon. No matter what you plan to sew this year, embroidery – whether stitched by hand or machine – can add so much to your special designs. Both this christening gown and the darling dress shown here were embroidered by machine.

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Winter Christening Robe

This Winter Christening Robe designed by Kathy Barnard is a combination of Swiss flannel, tissue silk, silk charmeuse, cotton sateen and silk dupioni. At first glance, the design appears to be two separate pieces providing a complete dress underneath a detachable coat, but it is actually a mock coat design in which the double front shares a single back of Swiss flannel. The front tissue silk underdress is machine embroidered using the “Cotillion Dress” layout from Mary’s Graduation Dress CD (embroidery was stitched by Laurie Anderson of Southern Stitches). Pattern and instructions for the gown are featured in issue #127 of Sew Beautiful, available on the 2009 Collection CD.

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Monogrammed Yoke Dress

This ice blue velvet Monogrammed Yoke Dress with cream silk charmeuse piping and bias binding is machine embroidered using our Martha Pullen Creative Monograms Software (the font is “Bountiful” and the circular frame design in MPA-FR035). Designed by Connie Palmer, the sweet little dress was made using our popular “Pascale” pattern but could be recreated using any simple yoke pattern. Instructions for the wide ribbon sash are featured in issue #151 of Sew Beautiful.

For more embroidery inspiration, be sure to check out all the machine embroidery CDs and designs available in our store – they are marked 50 percent off through Wednesday, Jan. 7!

Speaking of machine embroidery, look at the brand new January monthly designs we released this week for our 2015 Internet Embroidery Club members. This collection of three hearts and a rose design is so pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day projects.

Of course I am looking forward to another year of sewing education in 2015 with our upcoming School of Art Fashion Boutiques and teacher licensing events.  Registration is open for our School of Art Fashion events in Lakeland, Fla., March 2-4, 2015 and Atlanta, Ga., March 9-11, 2015. Instructors for these first two events will be Missy Billingsley, Connie Palmer, Kari Mecca, Cynthia Guffey, Linda Lee and myself – I hope you can join us! Click here to learn more. We’ll open registration for the other events soon!

As always, we pray for the men and women serving in harm’s way and for their families. We also pray for each of you and wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin

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