I’ve been scrounging around on my machine embroidery sites looking for the most interesting projects and new ideas. I’ve found that with machine embroidery, there’s always a new way to do something that’s been around awhile, or an old way to do something very fresh.
We have snow on the ground here this April, but I just KNOW that spring will get here eventually. So I focused my search on all things inspirational for spring.
Although they always have new product, I found their Garden Party Lookbook to be charming and full of spring-like ideas. You’ll want to check out all their lookbooks. But the Garden Party book had an interesting technique (something I hadn’t seen before) for embroidering on straw hats.
They are featuring a strong graphic spring collection called Grow Love. These cute little flowers and butterflies would be great on jeans or anything denim. They also have their washaway stabilizers on sale through April 13. If you are someone who loves freestanding lace (which I’m thinking about for Halloween) now’s the time to stock up on Aquamesh.
So the big trend I’ve seen lately and it’s reflected quite a bit at Urban Threads is embroidery on garments everywhere. Jeans up and down the legs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, everything. This trend extends far beyond just the embroidery world. The newest Dolce and Cabbana runway collection is just loaded with over-sized, all-over embroidery. The kitschy-er, the better. Urban Threads has some great examples in their Fashion Look book. But it’s everywhere.
OK, I was drawn to these lovely purple flowers in her sale bin. I need them along the hemline of a summer skirt. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
Kimberbell, if you’re not familiar, is a wholesale design distributor. Their store locator is actually pretty accurate so feel free to use that to find a dealer near you.
Their products are always cheerful and sometimes over the top for me, but I fell in love with the designs on Hello Sunshine quilt. The quilt itself is a bit much at the moment, but who can live without the charming bike design, the mason jars, the watermelon? Not me. I bought the collection and am already laying out something for a wall hanging for this spring/summer.
I recognize this list is not comprehensive, just a little tour to get your creative juices flowing about machine embroidery again. I hope you find something that inspires you to dust off that embroidery module and rev it up for spring!