Creating Heirlooms for tomorrow-Machine Embroidery
For some while now I have been thinking of where the future of Machine Embroidery lays….is it in the multitude of designs or is it in creating innovative artwork transformed into embroidery or….the list goes on. To me the final solution was to create designs that mimic hand work and yet showcase vintage look but on the embroidery machine. With that in mind I set forth to create designs that can be used to create heirlooms for our tomorrows. Hopefully in the next day or so I can release the first in the series of the Vintage Linens collection. The designs in all of the Vintage linens are my own interpretations of artwork portrayed in stitches via machine embroidery. The tiny embroideries mimicing Swiss floral designs with muted splashes of color, the drawn work mimiced with freestanding lace panels, the raised stump work type embroideries, were all in my mind when I set to create the collection.
What was important that each of the embroideries should be used in a variety of ways not only to decorate home decor but also garments, children wear, men wear (yes….that was also in the back of my mind and believe me dh is going to get quite a surprise when I make an Indonesian shirt for him with stump work type embroideries as seen on the tea towel above) etc.
But I didn’t want the embroideries to just stop there rather I wanted them to also be used for holidays (regardless of religion). A big task indeed! Then came the dilemna of whether I should combine the various hoop sizes or create each collection separately and different for each of the hoop sizes. In the end, I decided it would be much easier to maintain each of the hoop size designs together giving friends the option to combine later on.
In end I’m rather pleased I started the collections and rather pleased with the various ideas and uses for the designs. Who knows in a hundred years from now some of the embroidered items may be on Ebay for sale…if Ebay is still around.
N.B. Btw, did I mention that the whole collection was created using the Embird Studio beta version….scary thought to use a beta version but I had full trust and belief in the Balarads.