My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Wedding Anniversary

Hi all – I hope everyone is have a great and fruitful February. It has been extremely hot here in Canberra, so I have had the air-conditioning and fans on, and I have been hanging out in my office.

Sunday is my parents 45th wedding anniversary.  It is not something we go overboard with, but I really wanted to acknowledge the milestone they have achieved.  One of the most romantic things my dad ever did was have their wedding rings engraved.  His says May our love, and mums says never die.  Over the years we have used these words to make them cakes, and I thought this year I would use these wonderful words to embroider on a set of pillowcases.  I loved doing this, and found it so easy, that I have now created an entire collection of designs for pillows:-

pillowcasepics Mum and Dad’s anniversary pillows

Instructions for embroidering your own pillowcases


2 pillowcases
black embroidery thread
bobbin thread


  1. Unpick completely down one side of the pillowcase
  2. Press the pillowcase so that the seams are open.
  3. Fold the pillowcase in half and quarters, and press to give you a centre point.
  4. Hoop your pillowcase and stabiliser together, centring on the pillowcase.
  5. Load your 1st design into your embroidery machine.
  6. Stitch out the design
  7. Remove the hoop from the machine, un-hoop the pillowcase, and remove any excess stabiliser.
  8. Press the embroidery with a warm iron, before re-pinning the side seam, and stitching closed.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 for the second pillowcase.

The other designs in the PillowTalk collection are:-

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In honour of my wonderful parents, I am happy to offer the “May our love Never Die” designs for free.  Click here to download

Have a wonderful week – the next thing I am working on is my hubby’s birthday present – I will be bringing it to you next week.



A new collection…..

I am happy to show everyone a brand new collection that I have just finished, a gorgeous collection of applique fish… great for clothing, quilts, I have even made a beautiful baby mobile.

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For more information on the fishy collection, click here


A wonderful weekend

How do you know you have had a great weekend?


It happens so infrequently – I managed to finish off 6 spools of thread almost at once!  I don’t know about you, but I feel such a sense of achievement when this happens.  Had to share this one……

My year of gifting embroidery – February part 2 – Machine Embroidered Scarf

Welcome back to February, and my year of gifting embroidery. Today my favourite (and only) sister is turning 43. Leanne is a wife, mother of 4 (21, 19, 15, 12), she is also a full time secondary school teacher, so doesn’t have a lot of free time for herself. When she does have time, she enjoys patchwork, does beautiful smocking, and is always happy to lend a hand to others. For her birthday, I was looking for something that Leanne could use often, that she wouldn’t get time to do for herself, and that would suit her. I came across a beautiful scarf whilst I was walking through Clayton Victoria last week, and inspiration struck.

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A scarf is always useful, and this scarf is both beautiful and practical.  Purchase a nice quality scarf, pick out your favourite thread, and you are ready to go.



  1. Take the scarf and press with a warm iron, and ironing starch.
  2. Hoop the wash away stabiliser into your embroidery hoop, and lay over the scarf.  Ensure that the edges of the scarf lays at the stitching edge of the hoop (generally marked on your hoop).  Pin in place all around the edge of the hoop.
  3. Load the Continuous Quilting 2 machine embroidery designs into your machine, and select your preferred design.
  4. Embroider the first stitch out, with embroidery thread in the top and bottom bobbin.
  5. Once embroidery is complete, remove the embroidery from the hoop, and trim away any excess stabiliser.
  6. Re-hoop the stabiliser, place the hoop into your machine, and send the machine to the first stitch place.  Before stitching the first stitch, lay the scarf over the hoop, and use the flywheel to turn the needle, so that the needle begins in the same place as the last stitch.
  7. Pin the scarf around the hoop, and stitch out the second stitching.
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have embroidered all the way across the scarf.
  9. Repeat the embroidery on the other end of the scarf.
  10. Place in a lingerie bag, and wash on a gentle cycle to remove all of the excess stabiliser.
  11. Press to complete.

Tips for stitching on scarves….

  • Scarves are generally made of delicate fabrics, ensure you pick a design that is open, and will not distort the scarf.
  • Look for a design that will work no matter which way the design is placed (upside down etc)

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A wonderful week in Melbourne

I was lucky enough to spend the last week in Melbourne (my wonderful sister and mother in law had the kids) staying with a friend, and stitching. I taught a great class with the Australian Sewing Guild, and wanted to share some photos…..

100_1339  This was our class, we had 23 participants, all making the embroidered messenger tote.

100_1342   100_1348  I am a terrible person, not remembering peoples names, but I really wanted to share their achievements.

Another participant shared with me the On the Tiles Quilt that she made.  Aren’t the colours wonderful.

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Lastly is a beautiful table runner, made by Marcia Ritters.  I love the purple colour pallet that she used.

My Year of Gifting Embroidery – February, part 1

Welcome to February, the second month of the year. This month I have a couple of different gifts to give. My sister is having a birthday on the 9th, my parents celebrate 45 years of marriage on the 22nd, and of course we all celebrate Valentines day on the 14th. To begin with, we will look at Valentines Day.

Wine Carrier


 Re-purposing is a wonderful thing to do.  We purchased some coke at Christmas, and got with it a red neoprene coke bottle carrier.  Whilst looking to see how they made the carrier, I turned it inside out, only to discover a beautiful black neoprene, with red trim.  My valentines day gift for my hubby was born.


1 neoprene wine bottle carrier (I like the two bottle carriers, because they are easier to hoop.
Embroidery thread (I used red to match the trim of my carrier)
Tear away stabiliser
Love the wine you’re with design from Julie Hall Designs
Sewing thread

  1. Take your neoprene carrier, and remove any excess stitching (I had to remove the stitching to form the two bottle divider.
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  2. Turn the carrier inside out.
  3. Hoop the carrier with tear away stabiliser (you will need to open the hoop out a lot to fit the thick neoprene in)
  4. Load up the “love the wine you’re with” design into your machine, and stitch out.
  5. Remove the excess stabiliser, and thread, and remove the embroidery from the hoop.  (you will notice some hoop “burn” marks, but these will self heal after a use or two).
  6. Re-stitch the dividing zig-zag between the bottles for ease of carrying.

A quick and easy project, using something that I already had around the house!