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Touch of Nature
Textured Applique Machine Embroidery Techniques & Designs

Only $4.99 US (while supplies last)
For Book and CD

For projects posted in national magazines see below

This booklet with its CD of machine embroidery designs shows you that even the simplest of applique machine embroidery designs can be transformed into uniquely wonderful, rich fabric art.

The community of embroidery artists offer many machine embroidery designs on the theme of nature. Some such designs, with their detailed fill stitches and numerous thread changes, can create very realistic and unique images.

Touch of Nature takes a different approach, by lifting the details of the applique off the surface of the fabric to give the embroidery depth and texture.

The projects shown here accomplish this feat through the use of textured fabrics, pintucking, a novel concept of creating fabric collages, and much more.  These projects also create textured appliques as PATCHES which you may audition onto your project before applying them to that favorite dress or pant suit.

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The booklet includes projects and many more ideas for both the novice and advanced embroidered.

It also shows you innovative techniques for adding texture and dimension to machine embroidery designs.

Included with the booklet is a collection of embroidery designs on CD, in multiple machine formats, including some non-applique designs to accent and expand the texture concepts of your projects

Includes designs for creating Chenille, Fringe, Stipple, Fringe Button Holes, Fringe Button Covers, & Free-Standing Fringe Puffs.

Design Details

More Projects

See our Newsletters Sept 12 - Oct 9 for a series on how to make this project using designs from ‘Touch of Nature’

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See our Newsletters Nov 13 - 27th for a series on how to make this project using designs from ‘Touch of Nature’

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New Project in December 11, Newsletter

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Magazine Articles

See the New Jan/Feb 06 Edition of
Designs in Machine Embroidery
for how to make this quilt using Chenille texture
as taught in our “Touch of Nature Book”

As seen in the Sep/Oct 2005 issue of
Designs in Machine Embroidery

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Close Out SALE $4.99US (while supplies last)
Includes Booklet & CD with 23 embroidery designs

Designs are multiformated on CD and included inside the book
Included Sewing Machine Formats are
Designs fit the 4x4 (100 x 100 mm) hoop and larger

 When ordering, be sure these designs will fit in your sewing machine hoop.
As with any software, refunds and exchanges will not be made

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Booklet and Designs
Not available via email or instant download


All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, includingphotocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission from the author, except for theinclusion of brief quotations in a review.


Laura’s Sewing Studio embroidery designs are for personal use. Designs and copyrighted images are intended for private, non-comercial use.Laura’s Sewing Studio entitles the purchaser only to make projects for personal use. The purchase of this CD give the purchase ownershiprights to the physical CD. The embroidery designs are the copyrighted property of Laura M. Waterfield. No design, documentation,or associated graphic distributed as part of this collection may be shared, re-sold individually, re-packaged, or used in any commercialendeavor or instructional presentation without the written consent of Laura’s Sewing Studio. Any modifications of these embroidery designs are for the personal non-commercial use of the purchaser only and may not be sold or distributed under this licensing agreement.

If your friends want these designs, please send them to a local sewing boutique or contact us at Laura’s Sewing Studio.Both your integrity and patronage allow us to continue with new product development, while keeping down cost and maintaining quality support.

Thank you for your patronage and happy sewing.

Laura Waterfield

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