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A Letter from Embroidery Garden

Reen Wilcoxson

Reen Wilcoxson is the founder of Embroidery Garden and an in-the-hoop embroidery expert. Reen is a contributing writer to the Meissner Sewing Blog, and, for the second year, she will be hosting an Embroidery Garden event at Meissner Sewing in Sacramento. 

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I began my journey in machine embroidery in 1988, with the purchase of my first embroidery machine. I was in love and knew immediately I wanted to create my own designs. I started out with appliqué, then discovered in-the-hoop designs. My first was a sucker holder favor for Valentine’s Day. Over the years, I developed techniques to create fully lined purses, wallets, and more, completely in the hoop of an embroidery machine.

My website, Embroidery Garden, went live in 2000.

Photo courtesy of Reen Wilcoxson.

I’ve created a lot of fun, unique designs over the years, but recently I started incorporating machine embroidery with a cutting machine.  I’ve taken my popular Zippered Bags set to a new level.  I designed a front panel that I cut from one of the hottest new trends, natural cork fabric. The cut out pattern allows a piece of fabric placed behind it to show through.  The look is incredible and the possibilities are endless. My customers love this new exclusive technique.

I’m very excited to have been asked to return to Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers to teach classes this summer. This year, we’re stitching a few brand new, not-yet-released designs while getting to use that big 9.50” x 14” hoop we all love.  We will complete six projects in the two-day sessions. You will stitch on top-of-the line machines and marvel at their features and capabilities.

Photo courtesy of Reen Wilcoxson.

The Sewing Tool Case we’re making is great to fill with basic sewing supplies to take to class or use while traveling, etc.

My Sewing Caddy with Pincushion has become a favorite with class attendees this year. It’s a useful item that holds notions and has a pincushion with a cute flower on top to hold small Wonder Clips.

Photo courtesy of Reen Wilcoxson.

It hangs off the table next to your sewing or embroidery machine. Everyone will learn a new technique as we cut through our stabilizer and manipulate fabric through the hoop when we stitch this project. The classes will be fun and informative. I will have lots of my sample designs with me so you can get a close up look at them. You will leave inspired and ready to start your next project.

I have a full schedule the second half of this year with a lot of traveling and teaching. I will be writing a few magazine articles scheduled to be published late summer and late fall. One of these projects uses Mylar, something that I may incorporate into some new designs. I’m always thinking about creating new products and new methods for machine embroidery. With all the wonderful machines and products on the market today the sky is the limit.

- Reen


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