Editor's Letter

Ellen March
Editor's Letter

Big trends on fashion runways for this summer are large-scale vibrant floral prints and elegant tulle embroideries adorning everything from flowing gowns to sheer cover-ups. Freestanding lace adorning a toile-print dress paired with beaded and embroidered skinny pants is a surprising combination, yet it works and we’re able to see ourselves wearing the pieces.

   Thankfully, as sewists and embroiderers, we’re not subject to having to scrimp and save to afford such outlandish pieces, which may not be trendy a year from now. We’re able to use our sewing machine and find fun embroidery designs to transform existing items in our closet to reflect these trends in a tasteful, subtle yet striking way. In “Well Suited,” we’re adding large-scale lace embroidery to a suit ensemble. The embroidery takes the suit from basic to interesting, and makes shorts suitable for the office.

   We love freestanding lace and large-scale embroideries, yet they are some of the most intimidating designs to tackle. Choosing the right thread and hoop is half the battle, but often software is required. Many of you tell us that although you own software, you don’t use it! This tool is one of the greatest gifts of the embroidery world. Software allows you to completely customize designs to your project, thread collection and pattern or project shape. Visit your local machine dealer or fabric store and ask if they have classes on using embroidery software. For a minimal fee, you’ll be able to understand the tools you have at your disposal and effortlessly expand your creativity.

   Another trend that’s not going away any time soon is steampunk. It’s a movement that stems from sci-fi novels, encouraging people to mix modern technology with Victorian-age aesthetic. Some people go all out with this look, dressing like Downton Abbey meets The Matrix. This trend is becoming prevalent in embroidery designs, such as those offered by Urban Threads. To celebrate this trend, yet not go overboard, check out their Steam Motifs, Steampunk Alchemy and Steampunk Christmas collections. And turn to page 50 to learn how to make a steampunk parasol to bring to a special event. It’s sure to spark some interesting conversation.

Enjoy the issue!

Ellen March


What’s Next? Get ready for Halloween with cute embroidered treat bags. Plus create an asymmetric top embellished with metallic leaves. All this and more is in the Sept./Oct. issue, on newsstands August 20.

Need an expert answer to a tough embroidery question? Send your letters to info@cmemag.com for a chance to be featured in our Q&A column, plus receive a great gift!

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