Celtic Cutwork – Creative Machine Embroidery (March/April 2009)

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you had a great “love” weekend.


Remember this from months ago? I was doing a machine embroidery cutwork project, and now, it is officially published in the latest issue (March/April 2009) of Creative Machine Embroidery:


The cutwork was done on Irish Linen. It turned out to be a table runner project made for St. Patrick’s Day with a touch of spring! I wanted to make a project that would not longer be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, and would also last through the Spring Season:







TIP: Cutwork by machine embroidery is an intense stitching process, changing out needles often will ensure good stitch quality.

Updated 3/17/2014:

Hearts: OESD, Cutwork & Crewel by Iris Lee (#771), design #26 (small heart wreath in green), design #41 (large heart cutwork) and design #43 (small heart motif on the sides).

Leaves: Bernina, Linen Closet Design Collection (Studio Bernina Exclusive Vol. 2), design #BE10223

A color for everyone!

If your favorite color is green, I have quite a few shades!

If your favorite color is lavender, I’ve got that too!

If your favorite color is pink, wait, let me check — yup, got that!

If your favorite color is apricot/peach, no problem!

If your favorite color is yellow, I’ve got you covered.

If your favorite color is red, urm, maybe some other time.

I said all that to show you another cutwork sample I did today. The frayed edge problem is now solved (or at least greatly minimized), but the colors turned out to be sort of a hodgepodge-y combination because I was trying to achieve a certain color scheme that I can’t reveal presently. But at least the technical issues aren’t there anymore:

Can you believe the design above has more than 24,000 stitches?! That poor needle has put in a lot of work today:

Hey, I appreciate you for stopping by, my bloggy friends — I hope you have a great Thursday! Don’t work too hard now! ;)

Machine-embroidered Cutwork

[Definition of cutwork embroidery: In cutwork, small shapes are cut out of the ground material, the cut edges are embroidered, and the vacant space is often filled in with decorative stitches.

This embroidery technique, traditionally wrought by hand, has a longstanding history in Europe, with its beauty most spectacularly exhibited by the Italians.]


I had to do a test on doing cutwork using machine embroidery to make sure it really works before doing a real project for Creative Machine Embroidery appearing in their March/April issue next year.  It turned out to be a fun little test even though I had no idea what to expect.

It would appear that the style of the design I used resembles the style for Spanish cutwork according to Lace Fairy:

I learned that using machine embroidery to achieve the cutwork result, I have to trim the fabric REALLY REALLY close to the guiding stitch, or else I would get the annoying fuzzies (frayed edge of the linen) around the satin stitches:

After the water-soluble stabilizer was rinsed off, I trimmed the fuzzies off as best as I could.  I layered the linen over a piece of lavender fabric, and thought maybe I could make it into a satchel to give as a gift:

That ends my little escapade in the world of machine embroidery!  It’s now time for me to tend to some housework!

Have a beautiful day, everyone! :)

Click here for a post with more updates and progress.