Free motion embroidery tips

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I often forget to mention that my work is free motion embroidered – everything you see is ‘drawn’ on my machine (A Janome SMD3000) As a thank you for all of the support, here are some free motion embroidery tips for anyone who would like to give it a try;

1. Take it steady – especially when you’re starting, it’s not a race, take things slowly and concentrate on watching what you’re doing rather than hitting your foot hard on the pedal!
2. Find the best way of stabilising fabric that works for you – you don’t necessarily need a hoop; a stabilising fabric, or even plain old paper (which is what I always use) behind your material can work just as well.
3. Approach iron-away pens with caution! It can be really handy using a frixon pen as a guide, but please don’t scribble all over your work thinking it’ll be gone once you’ve ironed it – you can usually see a ghost line where the pen once was, and on some fabrics, I’ve found it completely re-appears – I would say only use one if you’re sure you’re going to stitch very close to your pen mark, or trust your artistic flair, and go without.
4. Don’t be afraid to experiment – i don’t use a hoop or an embroidery foot, but it’s what works for me. Play until you find what works for you.
5. Practice makes perfect – my work is pretty neat now, and that’s because I practice every day. My work is always improving, and yours will too – there really isn’t a trick to it, other than to keep going.
6. There are no mistakes – the very thing that attracted me to free motion embroidery is that it isn’t precise; any slips or wiggly lines can usually be incorporated in to your design – embrace the wiggles!
7. The final and most important tip is to have fun 😊
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I hope that’s useful or if interest to some of you! Have a great Tuesday x. . . .
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Keep on keeping on

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Keep on keeping on
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Overcoming self doubt

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September feels like a time of new beginnings – almost as much as January. There is an autumnal feeling in the air (and the promise of snuggly knits and scarves – yippee!) Most of us are back to school and work, and university will start soon. I don’t know about you, but I always find that after I’ve had a bit of a break from making, I start to worry whether I’ll be able to think of any new ideas, whether my skills will be what they were, whether I can still do it.
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Of course, once I get started it’s always fine, but isn’t it strange how we have these conversations with ourselves. So if you’re having a bit of a wobble at the moment – whatever your age – this is for you!
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Have a great day. Emma x
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(Ps, I’ve been wondering over the summer if you guys would like any more note pictures? I have plenty of ideas – although I’m always happy for suggestions – but I don’t know if you’ve had enough of these already 🤔 as always, there’s a link in my bio if you want to have a look at products available in my shop 😉😘)
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More from the biscuit tin

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I wouldn’t want you to think that i have any favourites … because actually I love all the biscuits, especially the pretty ones! .
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the suggestions for new food packaging pictures; I’ve got quite the list to work through, so there will be lots of new packaging pictures coming soon yay! (And if you’re not a stories viewer, but there’s a packaging picture you think I should make, feel free to leave a comment below 😊)
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Meanwhile these pin cushions, and as well as custard cream ones – are now available on my website, and the amazing creative fuel plate is from @hollyandcoworkshop .
Happy Friday everyone xx
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Live colourfully

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What qualities do you associate with a colourful life and colourful people? When we say that someone is ‘colourful’, we often associate it with being a bit shocking , but why is it that being colourful is considered to be a negative thing? .
Living colourfully to me is about living an interesting life .. about curiosity … Being expressive or inventive… having confidence the confidence to try (and make mistakes) … about being our best creative selves. .
what does being colourful mean to you? I’d love to know .
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Stay true to yourself – notepad artwork

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A pad of positivity for your Monday motivation this week
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I always find commission work provides a real dose of faith in people’s generosity and humanity. This picture was made for a secondary school starter. Her mum wanted some inspirational reminders to encourage her to believe in herself – isn’t that amazing?! I hope they’ll encourage you too. Happy Monday xx
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Ps, personalised notepad pictures are available to buy on my website (link in bio)
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Create August – work in progress

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Not the best of camera angles (sorry!) but here’s a bit of free motion embroidery for your Friday afternoon. On Wednesday I asked what colour everyone associated with the word amazing over on stories ….I had replies for every colour of the rainbow, but golden was most popular, so that’s what I’ve done – thank you! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on… hopefully it won’t be too long now. .
Have an amazing weekend x
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Congratulations cards

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Congratulations to everyone who collected their GCSE results today. Whatever the numbers on your paper, it’s just a tiny measure of the person you are and of everything you can achieve.
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I’ve only got a few smarties cards in stock, so if you’d like to let someone know how smart(ie) you think they are, clink the link x
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Throwback Thursday – family tree

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Today’s post is a throwback and work in progress post all at once, as I’m currently making a family tree picture, and realised I hadn’t posted a photo of one for ages! .
Each leaf of the tree is individually stitched from my collection of Liberty scraps, the tiniest of tiny tiny buttons are hand stitched to the piece, and because there are a family of blue tits living in the trees in my garden, I always hide a little birds amongst the branches too.
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Because I don’t make these pictures very often (I always get a flurry around Christmas!) I end up stitching little practice birds, so writing this post also reminded me to cut them up and list them on the website, which I’ve done this morning (link in bio) there are only four available so be quick!
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Butterfly decals

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Do you ever make something to sell which you then can’t part with? A couple of years ago I made a number of these little butterfly decals that I just couldn’t bring myself to list anywhere! But I came across a pile of them in a cupboard yesterday – some loose, some mounted on vintage papers and postcards – which seemed like a bit of a sad place for them to be, so I have popped them in to the sale section on my website. If you fancy your own kaleidoscope of butterflies, there’s a link in the bio 🦋
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