Changing Colors Changes The Look Of Embroidery

How The Colours You Use Can Change An Embroidery Significantly…

By Hazel of Graceful Embroidery

Using designs from Rachel Kathryn Bridal 5

As I have been testing out the final designs in the Rachel Kathryn collection I have been reminded again how important the choice of thread colour is, and how dramatically that choice can effect the finished embroidery.

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I like to do some stitch outs using other colours just to see how they look and I just love experimenting with colour. I am always looking for the next fascinating colour combination! As I make any selection, I am aware that it is much like an artist with his palette of oils, except mine are on my thread racks on the wall, out of the sunshine. In this case, I knew I should do at least one stitch out in one colour alone, to show you how “bland” it can appear in comparison to the combination of the palest of colours that I have selected for Rachel Kathryn Bridal collection! So I set GFE-RKB-5-9 up and left it embroidering in Sulky Rayon 40 wt 1071 Off white on white dupion silk. The bobbin ran out before the last three colours which are flower centers.While changing the bobbin thread, I examined the embroidery deciding to use Sulky Rayon 40wt 520 Bone for some contrast for these centers. It made quite a difference. However if your embroidery is going to be embellished with hot fix pearls and crystals, they too will make the flowers pop. It is really down to personal preference though.

As the light hits your rayon thread there is often some variation in colour and shine, and the type of stitching and the angle that the stitches are lying in, will effect this too, which is why I have tried to add as many contrasts in the way the stitches are grouped, in this set and also in my other collections.

Quite a few years ago I started to use polyester thread for my embroidery as it is not so expensive, but it lacked the luster of rayon, and those thread spools remain unused in my sewing room as I found that it did not catch the light so much and therefore there was less contrast.

One of my other stitch outs featured Sulky Rayon 40wt 1209 Light avocado which has become one of my favorite greens. At the moment the country lanes around here are a marvelous tapestry of lush greens as all the leaves are in fresh abundance. I have heard digitizes say that when they are out and see something interesting they start to digitize it in their head. I have to confess that I am more likely to be deciding which thread colour would be the closest match. Yesterday when I was out I could see many examples of Light avocado in the trees and in the hedge rows.

This just has to be my favorite time of year, for as well as all the lush growth in the trees, the lanes are beginning to adopt the annual display of lace borders formed by Cow parsley (Queen Anne’s lace) which I adore and digitized a while back, in my Summer Meadow collection. There are beautiful flowers everywhere now, here in the south of England as the days warm up and lengthen, lilacs, wisterias, dicentras (bleeding hearts) and forget me knots. I parked under a Horse chestnut tree and its orchid type flowers were close enough to get this photograph. There is just so much to inspire me each time I go out, but I think that capturing these “exotic” flowers would be huge and impossible challenge. Now you can see why I am not so enamored with single coloured embroidery, there are just too many gorgeous colours out there!

Back to my second stitch out, GFE-RKB-5-2 which is an interesting shape.

This time around I used ivory silk dupion for the embroidery and made a few colour changes.

You can see that I used my favorite green for the large roses in this embroidery. As the final designs in the collection are for the extra large Husqvarna Imperial hoop, which measures 360mm x 260mm (14″ x 10.5″) you cannot see much detail when I photograph the whole design, so here is half of it.

On this close up you can see how the light is hitting the large five petaled flower, at the top right and how each petal looks different. There are 10 designs in this final set and I love this one below, GFE-RKB-5-1, but as for a favorite that is quite difficult. I hope you love them all and find them useful for your bridal or heirloom embroidery.

Remember these are very special designs which will stitch out on all your bridal fabric but also on sheer fabric like tulle, so they are perfect for veil embroidery. It is essential if you are doing this to use good quality wash away stabilizer, and if you are putting any colour in the veil embroidery, do test it first as I find that colours darken slightly when the stabilizer is washed away! This can be very frustrating and I would love to know how to overcome it.

Happy embroidering from Hazel

 

 

FSL Cup Koozie & Helpful Step-By-Step Instructions

Freestanding Lace Cup Koozie

By Loronda of Heav’n Sent Creations

Learn how easy it is to create a Koozie!
Using OPW Premium Embroidery Thread

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This project can be personalized with any embroidery motif you would like.  You get a blank background as well as two versions with designs already added to the front, but you can go wild with all sorts of machine embroidery designs to create gifts for young and old alike.  Made entirely of embroidery thread, you machine does all the work.  You just do a few finishing touches and voila!  You have a pretty koozie to dress up any drinking glass or cup.  Watch the video below and see how easy it is.  The Blue and Gold Alphabet is sold separately.

 

 

Quilting- The Joy of Gifting

Thoughts about Quilting, Crafting, Embroidery and Life…

It is better to give than to receive. This is a quote that most of us know. For me, it is also very true. I love Christmas, birthdays and other gift giving occasions like new babies, weddings, anniversaries, housewarmings, and more. I adore giving hostess gifts whenever we are invited to someone’s home as well. I just love giving gifts. I’ve never been able to afford extravagant gifts, but I think that my joy in giving shows in the choices of the gifts.

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With my love of quilting, machine embroidery designs, crochet, cross-stitch and decorative painting, along with soap-making and cooking, I’ve given my share of homemade gifts over the years. With rare exception, my gifts have always been much appreciated. I’m very glad I took up soap-making and made time for embroidery as these are the quickest of crafts!

During a recent online discussion at a machine embroidery group, it came up that those of us who make homemade gifts rarely receive homemade gifts. Instead, we receive purchased items. While any gift is appreciated, it is the consensus that we would all love to receive something that was crafted just for us, by the loving hands of those we love.

While I do create homemade items for my friends who are also crafters, they never reciprocate. They show me their projects for praise and pointers, overjoyed when I compliment their work (I always pronounce every project as perfect). But, alas… I am never the recipient of their artistry!  Maybe they feel that it’s not good enough or maybe they feel that I could just make it myself if it was something I wanted in the first place, so an item they make isn’t needed.

I had been quilting and doing my other fiber arts for 10-15 years before I finally allowed myself to purchase that first embroidery machine. I had convinced myself that I just didn’t have time for it with everything else that I was doing. I was both right and wrong in that assumption. While learning the intricacies of machine embroidery and discovering all the free embroidery designs I could find online, my other fiber arts suffered from neglect. But, once I stopped discovering and started stitching, my new embroidery passion enhanced all of my others crafts! I’d call that a win!

Not long after this, after a huge bout of stocking up on new-to-me embroidery supplies, I realized that I would like to digitize my own designs. While I could find just about anything I wanted to stitch, I like to think that my style is just a bit different and I wanted to be able to reflect that in embroidery thread. So, new software and thick manuals once again took time away from my quilting. I forgot how to crochet and cross-stitch entirely. Cooking became a dirty word followed by dirty dishes!

Like many before me, I had the thought that I no longer needed to purchase beautiful linens or someone else’s embroidery designs. I could do it all myself. And, like all those before me, I was woefully wrong! While I gained the knowledge and skill to be able to make just about anything my heart desired, I still lacked all the time in the world to do it all.

Ten years later, I have a system. I will happily buy pretty linens and clothing if they fit in my budget. If not, I will think about the time needed to digitize similar designs. If I can find something close at my favorite embroidery design gallery, I will humbly succumb to another embroidery designers artistry. It’s all about time, now.

It works great for me. Now, if I could only convey to my crafty friends that I really can’t just make whatever I want and would love one of their homemade hand-painted silk shopping bags or crocheted cashmere scarf, my world would be complete!

 

 

What Makes OregonPatchWorks Stand Out From Other Machine Embroidery Services?

Are you an embroidery enthusiast who is in search of a machine embroidery service that offers the very best selection of quality designs?  Make OregonPatchWorks your first choice, as there is no other machine embroidery service that has such an extensive selection of designs, all digitized to perfection. Over the past 17 years, OregonPatchWorks has emerged as the most reputed machine embroidery digitizing services available.

Let’s quickly have a look at a few of the reasons that make OregonPatchWorks stand out from all the other machine embroidery services.

Sizzling Summer Deals and Discounts

Time and again, OregonPatch Works offers great discounts on their designs. Many of the designers at OPW run special offers on their unique line of embroidery designs on a regular basis. Currently, OPW is running the “Summer Sizzle Sale”, offering great discounts on thousands of designs. Based on your individual interests and choices, you can pick up quality designs and save money also. The OPW Mall’s embroidery design gallery has almost any type of embroidery design that you can think of.

Exceptional Services To All Customers, All The Time!

At OPW, every customer is treated equally. It doesn’t matter whether you a return customer or shopping for the first time. The staff at OPW will not leave any stone unturned if you run into an issue or have questions. They will assist you in a couteous, friendly manner and provide you with an answer to all your queries. As a customer, you are welcome to contact the OPW staff as often as you need to. Customer satisfaction has and will always remain the top priority for the staff at OPW. Need to try a few samples before you start shopping? OPW offers free samples for trial purposes.  There is a whole page available to everyone. And when you subscribe to the newsletter, you gain access to the Members Only area that has hundreds of exclusive free designs, not offered anywhere else.You will also receive announcements about the latest designs, deals and discounts that are on offer each week.

Create Your Own Unique Embroidery Design

The machine embroidery designs offered by OPW enable embroidery enthusiasts to create their own unique and visually appealing projects. Use your imagination to create one-of-kind masterpieces with the wide range of machine embroidery designs available .There are endless ideas like placements, fabric, mug rugs, table runners, cushions, napkin monograms and many more where an embroiderer can explore and express their own creativity. All these designs are available for immediate download and at very competitive prices.

Summing Up

OregonPatchWorks is a one-stop shop that offers a diverse range of high-quality embroidery designs. The nearly 100 outstanding digitizers housed by OPW are always committed to offer amazing embroidery designs that are hard to find anywhere else. All the OPW customers enjoy the very best experience when shopping for designs and always get their money’s worth.

So, what are you still waiting for? All you need to do is visit today, start browsing and select the embroidery design of your choice to get started. As an OPW customer, you will never be disappointed.

 

 

OregonPatchWorks: The Only Place For Remarkable Embroidery Designs

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OregonPatchWorks is a force to reckon with in the field of machine embroidery. The embroidery designs offered at the OPW Mall are unique as well as trendy. With nearly 100 outstanding digitizers showcasing distinct and beautiful styles, the selection is perfect for all embroidery enthusiasts out there.

The OPW Mall’s embroidery design gallery is an all in one shopping center where you will be able to find any type of design. Let’s take a closer look…

Striking Embroidery Designs and Tutorials

OregonPatchWorks offers a brilliant array of top-notch machine embroidery designs which have become the prime choice of embroiderers worldwide. All the designs have been digitized to perfection and are quite distinct in their own way. A few of the styles available at the OPW Mall’s embroidery design gallery include Fill Stitch, Free Standing Lace, Appliqué, Cutwork, Redwork, Cross Stitch,  Photostitch and many more popular techniques. The gallery gets regularly updated with some of the trendiest embroidery designs available. Due to which, embroiders always have their eye on the OPW Mall’s embroidery design gallery through the newsletters, which also insure you get access to exclusive free designs, added weekly and popular promotions!

Best-In-Class Customer Services

The knowledgeable and friendly staff at OregonPatchWorks is dedicated to serving customers in the best possible manner. The staff believes in keeping customer satisfaction as the top most priority and doesn’t compromise on it. You can email or call whenever you have an inquery.  You will assisted quickly and courteously. OPW’s shopping center is quite convenient as you will be able to combine all your desired choices from multiple designers in one easy checkout experience. You will be offered an immediate electronic delivery to ensure you are able to start making your projects quickly.  Also, you will be able to order backup CDs or zip drives, with up to 15 collections included on each, if you wish.

Trendy and Affordable Embroidery Designs

One aspect where OregonPatchWorks stands apart from the other machine embroidery services is the affordable prices and special offers the designs are offered at the mall on a regular basis. OPW values the time and money of each and every customer. The affordable prices don’t mean that any sort of compromise is made with regard to the quality of the embroidery designs. The creative digitizers at OPW add the latest high quality embroidery designs on a regular basis which ensures that as a customer you are always offered the best values out there.

Summing Up

All the points which are highlighted above should be enough to persuade an embroidery enthusiast to pick OregonPatchWorks over all the other embroidery digitizing services. This is the reason why OPW has been consistently considered a trustworthy brand throughout the years on the internet. The vase majority of the customers who have been served at the OPW Mall are completely satisfied with its service. What are you still waiting for? Shop now for your designs and begin personalizing your projects. There are many irresistible embroidery deals and discounts that you would not want to miss. So hurry up, time to have some fun!

Unique Designs to Customize Your Jeans

Looking for embroidery designs to customize your jeans, shorts, or jackets? We have compiled a list of 5 unique embroidery design sets that you can use on your old jeans, pants, jackets etc. and give it a new, fresh look. You can also customize your new jeans too and personalize them to your heart’s content.  Check out these unique embroidery designs below.

1) Floral Music Notes –

Floral Music Notes set is digitized by designer “Ace Points.” This set features 10 unique floral embroidery designs. These work perfectly to revive old jeans. Just stitch them anywhere on your jeans and get ready to flaunt your new style. These music designs are available in three different hoop sizes including 4 x 4, 5 x 5, and 6 x 6.

View Floral Music Notes here

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2) Floral Golden Glow ­–

Floral Golden Glow set is digitized by designer “Threads Of Time.” These pretty one color embroidery designs are shown here in golden color threads, you can use any colors you wish. You can use these designs for any of your projects.  They look especially great on jeans. This set features 10 unique embroidery patterns, available in the hoop sizes of 4 x 4 and 5 x 7.

View Floral Golden Glow here

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3) Decorative Dolphins –

Decorative Dolphins set is digitized by designer “Erina’s Designs.” This set features 6 unique dolphin designs. You can add them on your jeans, cushion covers, towels, and more. These designs feature lots of decorative details. This set is available in the hoop size of 5 x 7.

View Decorative Dolphins here

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4) Tattoo Jeans –

Tattoo Jeans set is digitized by designer “Creations By Kara.” This set features 12 unique embroidery patterns with project instructions on how to take your jeans and make them into new fabulous and fashionable creations. These design sizes vary from the smallest design 86 mm x 74 mm to the largest design 112 mm x 316 mm.

View Tattoo Jeans here

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5) Yin Yang In Damask –

Yin Yang In Damask set is digitized by designer “All stitch.” These designs stitches out beautifully and easily. This set features a truly versatile collection that can be used for towels, linens, decor items, table clothes, and more. This Yin Yang set has 20 beautiful designs, available in the hoop size of 5 x 7.

View Yin Yang In Damask here

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Looking for more embroidery designs ? There are THOUSANDS of them at OPW.  Visit The OPW Mall – where YOU are always #1!
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Double The Fun With These Latest Embroidery Designs

Creating projects with embroidery designs is always fun. Let’s double that fun with these amazing embroidery designs that are recently added in our OPW Mall’s collection.

1) Leafpetal –

Leafpetal set is digitized by designer “Designastitch.” You can use these modern embroidery designs to decorate any room of your home or to make special gifts such as place mats, table clothes, cushion covers, and potholders etc. This set is available in various hoop sizes including 4×4, 5×7, 8×8, 10×10, 12×12, and 16×16.

View Leafpetal Set here

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2) NNC ITH Rescue Me KR –

NNC ITH Rescue Me KR set is digitized by designer “Nonnienoo Creations.” This ‘in-the-hoop’ keyfob is easy to sew and an excellent way to use up your bits of scrap faux leather or felt fabrics. The finished size of this keyfob is 2.5 x 1.5 inches (not including D-Ring). This “Rescue Me KR” embroidery design is available in the hoop size of 4×4.

View NNC ITH Rescue Me KR Set here

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3) Pewter Roses –

Pewter Roses set is digitized by designer “Cuddle Me Crazy.” This set features 10 unique rose embroidery designs. You can use them for cushion covers, mug rugs, table clothes, kitchen towels, and more. This set is available in the hoop size of 5×7.

View Pewter Roses Set here

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4) Lavender –

Lavender set is digitized by designer “Elsa’s Designs.” This set features 10 unique embroidery designs. You can use them for bed sheets, table clothes, mug rugs, and cushion covers etc. These lavender designs will surely add a different color to your home’s decoration. This set is available in the hoop size of 4×4.

View 4×4 Lavender Set here

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5) On The Farm –

On The Farm set is digitized by designer “Sweet Heirloom Embroidery.” This set features 10 cute designs that are perfect to decorate your kid’s room. You can use them for kid’s clothes, bed sheets, cushion covers, bed sheets, bags and more. These designs are available in the hoop size of 4×4.

View On The Farm Set here

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Make cute projects with these latest embroidery designsFor more great designs, you can visit The OPW Mall – where YOU are always #1.

Grab Special Offers on Embroidery Designs at OPW Mall

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If you love machine embroidery designs and like to create unique projects, visit The OPW Mall to buy your favorite embroidery designs. With thousands of embroidery designs to choose from, we’re sure that you’ll find the right embroidery design collection for your next project.

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OregonPatchWorks is a one-stop store for high quality embroidery designs. We provide amazing machine embroidery designs, digitized by nearly 100 outstanding digitizers, each offering unique and beautiful styles.

You can find all types of embroidery designs including fill stitch, cutwork, cross stitch, in-the-hoop, applique and free standing lace, etc. You can use our embroidery designs for apparel or to decorate your home with embroidered table runners, quilts, bed sheets, cushion covers, mug rugs, and many other items.

We also offer frequent specials, bonus offers and incentives to all our users. Get more bang for the buck with our special offers.  Click here to find out more and to view the current special offers!

Special Offers at the OPW Mall

Each link on “Special Offers” page leads to a different designer’s store within the mall. Each designer offers various embroidery design sets in different sizes, styles, and formats! The designers provide their designs on “Special Offers” for a limited time period. You can enjoy extra savings by buying designs for your projects through this link. If you wish to see a complete list of all the embroidery designers’ stores at the mall, visit Main Embroidery Index. All of the embroidery designs are listed there.

Subscribe for Free Weekly Designs

Subscribe to The OPW Mall newsletter to get FREE weekly designs. You can also set notifications for “designers of the week specials,” and occasional announcements about special promotions.

At OPW Mall, YOU are always #1. We are always available to assist you in any way. You can contact us anytime for any of your query.

5 Embroidery Gifts for Your Little Ones

If you’re looking for a more personal, meaningful and special gift for your toddler or preschooler, this is the list of embroidery gifts you need to watch out for.  They are all fun and fast when you stitch them on your embroidery machine.

1) Teddy Bear Basket –

Teddy Bear Basket set is digitized by designer “Designs By Lizette.” This teddy bear basket set is a great gift when there is a new birth in the family, or just as a cute gift for loved ones. This set is available in two different hoop sizes of 4X4 and 5X7.

Get Teddy Bear Basket Set

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2) Vintage Busy Tots –

Vintage Busy Tots set is digitized by designer “Embroidery Playground.” These darling busy children in the vintage style of hand stitching can be sewn quickly and easily on your embroidery machine. You can also get exclusive companion designs to use on your project. This ‘vintage busy tots’ set is perfect for towels, quilts, pillows, curtains, or any other project you can think of. These designs are available in the hoop size of 5X7.

Get Vintage Busy Tots Set

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3) MultiPurposePouches5x7 –

MultiPurposePouches set is digitized by designer “Oma’s Place.” These multipurpose pouches are super easy and are done in ONE hooping. These pouches are entirely lined and no raw seams are visible. You can personalize them with a baby or adult name. You can also use these pouches for holding tea bags and sweeteners. The ‘MultiPurposePouches’ set is available in the hoop size of 5X7.

Get MultiPurposePouches5X7 Set

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4) NNC Percy The Penguin –

NNC Percy The Penguin set is digitized by designer “Nonnienoo Creations.” This ‘in the hoop’ project is done in two hooping and needs just a few hand-stitches to close the opening for the stuffing. It is a perfect gift for a baby and you can easily personalize them with a name, birth-date or message. The finished sizes are 4, 7, 8.5, 10 and 11 inch. A complete set of photo instructions is also available with this set. This ‘Penguin’ set is available in 5 different hoop sizes including 4×4, 5×7, 6×10, 7×12, and 8×14.

Get NNC Percy The Penguin Set

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5) Special Ocassions 4X4 –

Special Ocassions set is digitized by designer “Designs 4 Africa.” This set features 23 unique embroidery designs including a free sample. These cute ‘special occassions’ embroidery designs are great for your kids clothes, towels, bed sheets etc. This set is available in the hoop size of 4X4.

Get Special Ocassions 4X4 Set

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There’s no better gift than a homemade one for your kids. For more designs, you can visit The OPW Mall – where YOU are always #1.

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5 Valentine Embroidery Designs That Can Flutter Your Heart

Nothing shows your feelings better than a handmade Valentine gift. Your partner’s heart will skip a beat this Valentine’s Day when you present them a gift prepared with Valentine embroidery designs. Use these 5 embroidery designs to sew Valentine projects and make someone smile and feel loved!

1) Valentina Tea Doily –

Valentina Tea Doily is digitized by designer “Embroidered Necessity.” This tea doily Valentina is approximately 15 inches square and consists of applique technique border and hearts embroidery. It is a very easy project to make and is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone special!

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2) ITH Valentine Mug Rug –

ITH Valentine Mug Rug is digitized by designer “U&I Unique Embroidery.” Create this lovely ‘in the hoop’ Valentine mug rug for you partner for Valentine’s Day and see the happiness it brings. It sews up easily and quickly. A complete set of photo instructions is also available with this set. These designs are available in the hoop size of 5X7.

Get ITH Valentine Mug Rug Set

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3) A Valentine Card –

A Valentine Card set is digitized by designer “Emerald Originals.” These patterns are great for table decoration, clothing, kitchen hot pads, towels, aprons, placemats, napkins, quilts or any project you have in mind. This set features 56 different patterns. They sew very pretty and would make wonderful Valentine’s Cards or any card for any romantic occasion. These embroidery designs are available in the hoop size of 4X4.

Get A Valentine Card Set

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4) Heart Mugrugs –

Heart Mugrugs set is digitized by designer “Mar-Lena Embroidery.” Stitch these mug rugs in red for your Valentine or any color that suits your decor to cheer up your loved ones. Put a string in before the last satin stitches and hang them everywhere in your house. These heart mug rug designs are available in the hoop size of 5X7.

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5) Rippled Valentine Day –

Rippled Valentine Day is digitized by designer “Sweet Heirloom Embroidery.” These rippled embroidery designs are perfect to sew on heart shaped pillow & cushion covers, table runners, mug rugs and many more. These designs are available in three different hoop sizes of 4X4, 5X5, and 6X6.

Get Rippled Valentine Day Set

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We hope that you’ll like these Valentine embroidery designs. For more designs for all occasions and projects, you can visit The OPW Mall -where YOU are always #1.

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