Loralie Sets the Kitchen Alight

8 Oct

The sole purpose of the purchase of my embroidery machine was  to stitch Loralie Designs’ quirky characters. One of the first CDs I bought was for embroidering onto aprons and it was the Fun Chefs collection.

Fun Chefs

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By popular request Loralie has redesigned the matching fabrics and as I was asked for them at the last show I now have them on the website.

There is a tossed fabric in black and also white which would be ideal for making aprons for instance. The figures are quite large and therefore have a presence.

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There is, of course a panel.

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As an extra she has also designed a place mat panel.

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The first sale was winging its way to France the day after I put it on the site. How appropriate.

In case you are wondering what I have been doing in the dungeons of late, I have been adding to my animal collection.

First of all I did some embroideries to match the Dog Happy collection.






I did the whole CD’s worth but I will not bore you with them all.

Then I made a couple of things with the Dog Happy and Cool Cats fabrics.

Another of my sample bags.


Then a pinafore for the serious cat lover.

DSCN2781_450x600I don’t know about you but I love the bright colours on black.

I could, however be in a minority. I think a lot of people are afraid of colour. It may just be that they are afraid they won’t like the final result and fabric is expensive. Whatever the reason, remember everyone is entitled to their own taste and none is superior.

Speaking of expensive fabric – have you noticed the trend for racking up the price of fabric just because it has gone out of print? I saw someone the other day had tripled the original price of a Loralie Designs panel because they said it was rare. Add postage to that and it was 5 times the price. You really would need to have it for that amount. Maybe I’m just a cheapskate.

That’s my rant for the day so I guess it’s back to the dungeon.

Before I go though I will be getting some of the Loralie Art stamps in the next week or so so watch this space. They are good for cards etc but also for colouring fabric to look like water colour pictures.

Here is a sample.

Aunt Hattie

The actual stamp gives you this.

Aunt Hattie ActualI can’t wait.


2 Responses to “Loralie Sets the Kitchen Alight”

  1. Kimberly Erickson May 11, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    I was in a quilters store last year and first fell in love with Loralie desins then. and I want to buy a embroidery machine too JUST FOR HER DESIGNS>.. what did you buy? How easy was it for you to learn. I am a basic sewer, straight lines, a little ruffles and that’s about it.
    Thanks for any ideas you might have , Kimberly

    • quiltaholic May 11, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

      The Loralie designs are a dream to embroider, the only thing is that they have a lot of colour changes which generally means threading and rethreading the needle a lot of times for each design. I can’t help with the embroidery machine ideas as I bought an industrial machine but her embroidery designs all come with most of the different formats so any machine would do. When you decide which machine you want just go on to Loraliedesigns.co and check that your format is included but I would be surprised if it wasn’t.
      Embroidery designs come in all sorts of qualities but I have never had any problems with hers. It doesn’t matter whether you can sew at all as embroidery machines do not need even basic sewing to produce enbroideries. Making something of them is different, but even then the embroideries speak for themselves so straight lines are enough to produce some lovely things whether quilts, bags wall hangings or whatever.
      Good luck

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