Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week I am bringing you the Bullion Roses collection.
I can remember as a teenager taking a class in traditional bullion rose embroidery, and beginning a lap rug (that was never finished). I always loved the idea of bullion or 3d embroidery, and so when I saw an article for puffy foam for lettering, I figured I could give it a go and attempt to make some bullion embroidery designs.
I spent a good couple of weeks stitching lots of little bits of roses, looking at exactly what was needed to create this style of embroidery.
I finally worked out the technique, which involved stitching all of the “normal” embroidery parts, such as the leaves, candlewick knots and stems, before moving onto the 3d rose elements.
Naturally the main part of the technique for bullion rose embroidery is the puffy foam. I have tried many different types of foam over the years, and have had the most success with the Sulky brand of puffy foam. Having said this, you can use foamies, you simply need to be a little more careful with how you remove the excess foam after stitching.
The other trick that I like to remind people of is to use a colour of puffy foam that is closest in colour to your flower colour. For instance, if you are creating a red rose, use a red puffy foam so that it will blend in the best.
When you are removing the excess foam, the trick that I teach people in classes is to lightly steam the puffy foam. Once the embroidery is complete, I take the project over to the iron, and from a height of 1” or so, give a burst of steam with the iron. Immediately remove the foam, and it should tear away cleanly.
I immediately came up with some beautiful rose designs. My favourite is the large spray of roses. I love deep blood red roses (my wedding bouquet was an incredibly heavy bunch of 130 red roses). I have used these roses as a wreath on a lap rug, on spa slippers, makeup cases, and even a stuffed bunny for Easter.
The tiny little roses are perfect for embellishing baby items, and I can remember how cute the girls looked in their little lace and rose socks.
I love the fact that these designs all fit into the 5×7 hoop, with most of them fitting in the 4×4 hoop. This makes the designs accessible to all machine types.
Initially we gave away a single rose design HERE as a freebie with the Bullion Roses designs. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering the Larger Roses Spray design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.