Hello and welcome to another Friday Flashback. This week I am bringing you one of the most talked about collections I have ever created. Hearts & Flowers Candlewicking.
Hearts and Flowers Candlewicking began approximately 9 years ago. I had just purchased a new machine, and it had a massive hoop on it, allowing me to create designs of up to 300x300mm, or 12×12”.
I spent months looking at different designs that I could create with this, and was having so much fun.
I wanted to create an elegant set, that gave all users of all standard hoop sizes (assuming 5×7” as a standard hoop size), the ability to create lovely large designs, easily. These days, hoop sizes have become larger, so if you have a larger hoop, you will get 2 designs into each hoop, or if you have a huge square hoop, you can join the designs together and create the whole block in one hooping.
The candlewicking stitch was something that I had been perfecting over the years. The second and third collections I ever created were candlewicking, and over the years I had many compliments on the candlewicking stitch that I created. The stitch I created is high enough to give the correct texture of a traditional candlewicking design, whilst still allowing the embroidery machine to easily stitch.
Each of the Hearts & Flowers Candlewicking designs is duplicated four times, creating a perfect square.
One of the tips that I have found with candlewicking designs, is to raise the presser foot height up higher, this will allow the higher loft of the bullion knots to flow around the design easily.
Initially I created the gorgeous Queen sized bed quilt using these designs. The biggest tip that I can give when you are creating a quilt like this, is to purchase your thread up front. I used two spools of 5000m each on this quilt, and thankfully had enough thread in my stash, however I did get quite worried when I was nearing the end.
This quilt was lovely, however it was huge and quite difficult to carry around to show off, so I decided to make a second quilt, on a much smaller scale. I used a cream on cream colour initially, and then for something different, I did another version – in white and pale blue, and joined the two together so that I could show the quilt in two different formats. Personally, I love the way the blue and white looked, it was totally fresh.
An extra element that we added to these designs is the basting stitch. For anyone not familiar with joining up designs, you can simply align the basting stitches, and you will get a perfectly aligned design. (The tutorial for this will be on our blog on Monday).
Initially we gave away the Heart element from the Hearts & Flowers Candlewicking collection. If you missed these the first time around, you can collect your copy from our free designs page HERE. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering another free design. 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.