Friday Flashback – All that Glitters – Jacobean Opals – New Free Design

Thank you for joining me on another Friday Flashback.

This week I am bringing you another Iridescent Embroidery Film Collection – All That Glitters – Jacobean Opals.


You might notice a theme to the last few Friday Flashbacks.  Yep, it was just after I had first discovered Iridescent Embroidery Film, and I was amazed at what it did, and how I could work with it.

The Jacobean Opals artwork was artwork that ended up in the right place, at the right time.  I had just finished the All that Glitters – Angels, and I knew that I wanted to do something that could really be used in a quilting project.  I saw these beautiful flowers, and I was hooked.


The Jacobean trend was just beginning, and whilst I loved the style, I wanted to keep the designs modern, and refreshed.  I chose a pallete of approximately 5 colours, and for the first time, I used some new techniques, such as creating my own stitches.  I can remember that at the time, Brother had a design card that used a stitch replicating a lazy daisy stitch, and I attempted to re-create this stitch to give the designs a “hand done” look.

The Jacobean Opals design collection includes 15 full sized flowers, with their stems, 15 flowers without the stems, and additional leaves, giving you a really flexible design collection which can be used for many different purposes.


A few months before I began this collection, I had also purchased my first machine which had a 14” square frame.  The idea of being able to embroider a single quilt block in one hooping really impressed me, and I wanted to use these designs to create quilt blocks in a single hooping.  Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, I had upgraded my machine with a new version, only to find that it really messed my machine up.  At the same time I was working with this collection, I was attempting to solve some major issues with a machine, and because of that, when I see this collection, I feel a little “stressed” at the memories of that time.  Talking the time to look back over the designs in this post however, I am re-inspired to re-create the quilt, with the love I initially felt for the designs.

Some of the projects I did create with this collection however, are favourites even to this day.  I love the triptych designs, set on a black background, and have used them up the leg of trousers as well.

Design6.jpgThe main question I get asked when talking about Iridescent Embroidery Film (or mylar), is regarding the care of the item.  Iridescent Embroidery Film is completely able to the washed in the washing machine, dried in the dryer, and even ironed (although I do this on the wrong side of the garment).

Initially when I created this collection, we gave away the first design in this collection as a freebie.  You can access this design HERE.  As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second All That Glitters – Jacobean Opals 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.


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