I got my first embroidery machine in the
early 1990s, and have been digitizing for well over a decade. I am happy to
share my work with other embroidery enthusiasts. Please feel free to browse my library of embroidery designs and take advantage of the many freebies you'll find throughout the site. Questions or queries? Drop me a note.
Picture credit: B.R. Stephens, Autumn 2011.
This embroidery design is the Crest of the Scottish Clan MacLennan. Go to my Clan Crests and Heraldry tab to find out how you can obtain a digitized version of your own family crest or coat of arms.
When I first started in embroidery, the range of designs available to home embroiderers was limited. Each company had its own design collections, which came on special computerized cards designed to fit only into that brand of machine. I had a Brother machine, and at the time Brother's card collection numbered only about 20. The cards were pricey (between $99 and $149 at my local sewing store, sometimes with as few as 8 designs on each). Machine embroidery was an expensive hobby, with relatively few stitching options.
Things changed rapidly when card reader-writer modules became widely available. They made it possible to move designs easily from computer to embroidery machine, and that meant that companies like Embroidery Library (still one of my favourites) greatly expanded the range of available designs. The advent of home-digitizing programs increased stitching options even further, because they allowed embroiderers to add their own designs to the mix.On this site, you'll find many samples of my digitizing for free download. In addition to the free designs, you will find a growing library of unique embroidery designs for sale. My goal is to offer designs that aren't readily available anywhere else---including designs with specifically Canadian and other cultural themes (Mi'kmaq, Judaica, Celtic, and more). I will be adding to the collection regularly, so I do invite you to visit often and browse through the categories to see what's new.
To find the free designs, click on the "Free Design" and "Special Offer" tabs, and look for additional freebies scattered throughout the rest of the site. You may download any or all of the free designs with no obligation, although donations to support this work are gratefully received.