Work in progress

It’s always time for tea
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Free motion embroidery tips

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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Your worth is not measured in likes

Your worth is not measured in likes. .
Happy Monday, have a great week.
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#knowyourworth#believeinyourself #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #motivationalmonday #minibanner #handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #heytheremaker #molliemakers #britishstitchers #smallandmightybusiness

A tiny bit ok

A tiny ok. Because sometimes you only feel a tiny bit ok
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And that’s okay.
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It’s okay to have a wobble, to need a pause, to take a few steps backwards. .
Because that’s how we move forwards.
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#positivelyinspiring15 day 8 relax
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Totally champion maker

Creativity, imagination, passion, obsession, vision, expression, daydreams, emotions, inspiration, compulsion, and lots and lots of tea. All in the recipe for a totally champion maker – do you have any other secret ingredients?
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This card is a reproduction of one of my original food pictures, and is available on my website and Etsy store .
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You’re doing just fine

Do you ever feel like you don’t have a clue what you’re doing? Everyone else seems to have it figured out, have it all together, while you… you don’t.
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Nobody – seriously, no one – knows what they’re doing all of the time. Thinking ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’ is rarely true, and actually, it’s not what matters anyway. It’s ok not to have it all figured out, because nobody has all of the answers. What everyone else might think or say doesn’t matter either. Give it your best shot (you can always have a marmalade sandwich or two under your hat in case of emergencies) learn from what happens and keep going, because you’re doing just fine
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The prompt for day 2 of the #positivelyinspiring15 is ‘be kind’ and that starts with being kind to yourself.
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#youredoingjustfine #keepgoing #marmalade #finecutmarmalade #foodiefriday #foodart #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #createeveryday #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness #coopersmarmalade

To do list

A little list of things for you to do this morning – it’s small but important! .
I don’t know about you, but I’m still catching up from the school holidays – I’m almost there now, but I often underestimate how long everything will take me … and how many hours I have in the day. It can be a bit disheartening looking at an ever-growing list of things to do, especially if you feel like you’re not reaching the things you really want to get to (which is usually when our good old friend comparison steps in to notice that everyone else seems to be managing it, and you’re getting left behind) but what’s a list without a few fun things added in? A few things that you can cross off straight away (because I know I can’t be the only one who does that!) some really important things, like remembering how amazing you are.
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Happy Wednesday everyone xxx
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Don’t measure your progress using someone else’s ruler

Don’t measure your progress using some else’s ruler
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We are all aware of the perils of flicking through these little squares of other people’s lives and businesses on social media; we know it’s not altogether real, and that we shouldn’t compare our daily lives to the perfectly edited snapshots that other people present . Yet it’s still so easy to do
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Other people have better ideas, are making more, getting out there more, selling more, doing more. It can be easy to feel like everyone else is just …more. But when we compare, we don’t see all the edited bits. We have no idea which side of the tape measure someone else is using. We put all of our focus in the wrong place and on the wrong person, and spend all of our precious energy on someone else. Nobody has that much time in their day
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So I now have a handy reminder on my desk not to use my own ruler … or inch tape (also serving as a reminder that stitching on to tape measures are a once tried, not to be repeated experience!)
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Have a happy – comparison free – week. Emma xx
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Cut the mustard

Be it a graduate, A level, gcse student or anyone else who needs reminding how brilliant they are , congratulate the clever person in your life with a cut the mustard card!
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#AurifilArtisan #aurifil #aurifilthread #creativelife #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #threadart #threadpainting #stitchersofinstagram #communityovercompetition #makeitsewcial #sewersofinstagram #sewcialist #ihavethisthingwithsewing #cutthemustard #congratulationscard #colmansmustard #smallandmightybusiness

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