Today I have plenty of insights to share: An amazing Stitch Artist, a fun blog hop, freebies, and giveaways…..all filled with Love & Kindness.
First, I want to clarify that while the Stitch Artist I’m highlighting today is perfect for those that enjoy machine embroidery (ME), if you like her designs and don’t have a ME machine, you can also hire a machine embroidery enthusiast to stitch them out for you. Plus, the giveaway I’m hosting today has an option that for those that don’t have ME machines, as well as an option for those that do.
QuiltShopGal enjoys researching and sharing insights about “those in the business”, who use their skills to make money, pay the bills, or even to buy a few extra goodies to help them be creative. While many of us know longarmers and/or quilters who make money by making things to sell, or making special order projects, machine embroidery can also be a good way to use your skills to make money. And, of course, I know a few people who will happily stitch ME projects out for a very reasonable fee, making them great for gifts, for you to use, as well as to decorate your home.
The Stitch Artist I’m sharing insights about today is very unique to the world of machine embroidery as the majoritty of her designs truly are art, that look great in a frame. But the possibilities are endless for what you can create with them: e.g. bags, table runners, pillows, embellish clothing, etc..
I met Nicola Elliott of Picture Stitch, about a year ago. I was thoroughly smitten by her artistic stitch drawings that ME enthusiasts can easily stitch out. I’ve stitched out quite a few of her designs and found that they all were easy to stitch out and looked so beautiful.
While Nicola has a large collection of designs, which she is frequently adding new designs to, In keeping with the Love & Kindness theme of her post, I want to showcase several of her designs which I feel embody this theme:
HERE ARE PHOTOS OF SOME OF MY STITCH OUTS: I’m still auditioning frames for this pieces of stitch art, but I also plan to turn some into snap bags. I found that each design was very easy to stitch and jump stitches were held to a minimum. It was honestly so much fun to stitch these out and see the “art” come together in your hoop.
I used Aurifil 50wt cotton thread for stitching out all of these machine embroidery designs and didn’t experience any lint build up (amazing). Of course, I also love the robust color selection and the quality with Aurifil threads for quilting, sewing and especially for machine embroidery. And, I think the Aurifil looked great on the “linen” fabric which I used. I also used a red canvas, but while the stitch out looks great, my camera doesn’t do a great job taking close ups of anything on a red background, so I’m unable to share that with you today.
I hope you will check out all of the beautiful designs that Nicola Elliott has created at PictureStitch. She is so talented. You can purchase her designs individually on her site (PictureStitch), or sign up for a VIP Membership which gives you more designs for free (aka for the price of your subscription). She also sells her designs on ETSY, plus you can find freebies on her website, as well as a few other sites (I’ll share more on this shortly).
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
There are two prize options for this giveaway, for followers of QuiltShopGal.
- For those that don’t have an embroidery machine: You get to pick out your favorite design by Nicola and I will stitch it out for you on linen. You just need to let me know what design you want, if you want to frame it, or if you want me to make it into a snap bag for you.
- For those that do have an embroidery machine, simply visit PictureStitch and leave a comment with what your favorite design is, as well as the file type your machine needs.
I will randomly select one lucky winner, from those who leave comments on this post clarifying if they are wanting option #1 vs #2, and respective details. This post will be updated with the winner, whom I will also send an email to notify them on February 14th.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Sharon B., who was randomly selected as a winner of this giveaway. An email has been sent to notify her.
DID I MENTION FREEBIES?
Nicola has partnered with Wilcom where you can download free designs by Nicola:
For those on Facebook, join Nicola’s group “Nicola Elliott Artist Digitized Embroidery design” where you’ll also find some freebies, plus be able to network with fans of PictureStitch who share inspirational projects made with Nicola’s designs.
You can find PictureStitch at:
I also want to recognize Aurifil who is sponsoring a giveaway today at my personal blog, Creative Latitude, who is participating in the “Put A Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop”, where you’ll find plenty of love theme projects, inspirations, as well as giveaways. This event is hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Vist her blog or Creative Latitude, to find a complete line up of all the blogs participating.