Tracing your own outlines

Hello everyone

It has been some time since I posted, but that is because I have been very busy working on something on your behalf!  Do you dislike tracing your own outlines?  That slightly wobbly line that you get no matter which method of tracing you use or how hard you try to keep a steady hand – it is just never the same as a nice pre-printed outline?  Then this is the solution for you read on……….

For many years I have been trying to find a company who could manufacture iron on embroidery transfers.  They were used extensively in the good old days – if one wanted to order an embroidery pattern you could order the iron on transfer and fabric by mail order, but that all seems to have changed and they are now only produced by a few select companies, or occasionally provided at the back of a book.  Again many of the transfers bleed when ironed on to the fabric or produce an unsightly thick line which is difficult to cover with your stitching.

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Vintage iron on embroidery transfer

When I created the new online DIGITAL STORE this year, I had a list of motives that I wanted to achieve:  One of them was to save you the customer on shipping costs and delays, by making my embroidery patterns instantly available.  This was easily achieved by providing a great source of digital patterns , but then it occurred to me that if you were new to embroidery and did not have a supply (“stitching stash”) of fabric, needles, hoops and threads on hand , would you know where to get them and what you should buy?  So I got in touch with as many online shops around the world as I could and asked if they wanted to be listed as a supplier on my site and if they were prepared to keep stock of the materials needed for my patterns.  The result was a list of global stockists who can supply the materials in your own country.


The next problem was how to overcome the problem of providing ready printed outlines on fabric without shipping.  I know many of you dislike tracing your own outline, because I receive many emails to this effect!  The answer of course was to provide iron on transfers, but where to find a manufacturer and how to make them more accessible to you the customer.  This is what I have been working on for the last few weeks.
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After much searching, and samples going backwards and forwards, and testing out of the samples,  I finally found a company that can produce good quality iron on embroidery transfers with a fine line and crisp print that will ensure accurate results in your stitching. We put them through rigorous testing, washed, ironed, left them in the sun for days and they passed all the tests!    I am thrilled to let you know that very soon in the next week or so these transfers will be available for sale in the Etsy store.  Yes you will still have to wait for them to be shipped, but once you have the transfers in your stash, you will be able to purchase a digital pattern for any of those transfers, whenever you feel like it,  iron the transfer on to your fabric and be stitching in minutes!

iron on

The iron on transfers will be available in packs – so you can purchase a pack of birds & butterflies, or flowers etc, – there is an iron on transfer for every digital pattern available (at present) in the shop.   There will also be a pack available for each of my last four  books and I hope to add to this in time.  For example any of you who are in possession of my new book Whitework With Colour will be able to purchase a pack of transfers for every single project in the book.

Pack 5 transfer sheet


I will give you more detail on the packs when they are available.  I am very excited by this new addition to the collection and hope they are going to make your life so much easier!  Please let me know your thoughts it is always useful to receive feedback.  Till next time, wherever you are in the world, have a wonderful weekend and many happy hours of stitching!




Hello everyone

It is my great pleasure to announce the opening of the new online digital site.   I can’t wait to show you what we have in store – the range has been expanded to include tutorials, videos, patterns, freebies, information on embroidery,  a help section and I nearly forgot to mention that the Handbook is now available as an Ebook!

There are now more payment options, multi currency pricing, international stockists and the store can be viewed in 14 different languages.

Thank you for your patience while we worked hard to make the dream come true of a digital department store, where you can learn and shop all under one roof.

 The doors are open and all are welcome!



Till next time enjoy your visit and happy stitching!


New Shop Coming Soon

Hello Everyone

This week I would like to share with you the exciting news about my new store that will be coming very soon:  Divine Digital Designs.  It is the result of months of work, much thought and many sleepless nights filled with ideas that would not go away despite much counting of sheep!

We are going DIGITAL!  As you know I already have an Etsy digital store but unfortunately the layout is a little limiting in that it only permits me to sell patterns and in time this will be phased out.    In this new Shopify ecommerce store you will find everything located under one roof.



Digital patterns are a quick and easy way to gain access to a new pattern without having to wait for shipping.  The idea came about as I considered a quicker way to get kits and supplies delivered to my overseas customers without them having to wait for the post – I looked into drop shipping and order fulfillment with international providers, but there was too much red tape involved and eventually the idea of providing a digital superstore which would not only provide patterns but the capacity to learn a new skill, emerged.

Before launching into the idea I sat down and made a  “To Do List” , starting with my motives and following up with a list of how to put these into action.  Here it is:


  • To teach others to embroider from home.
  • To provide tutorials that will cater for all skill levels.
  • To provide a flow of new designs without physical stock limitations.
  • Maintain a high standard of quality
  • To make it accessible, simple, enjoyable and doable.
  • To create beautiful designs that others want to stitch. Not just an embroidery pattern but also a lifestyle.
  • To provide everything they need to stitch a project.  Suggest alternatives for hard to find supplies.
  • To provide a happy, personal shopping experience that they want to return to again.
  • Provide value for money.
  • Provide an easy checkout experience. Ensure that they know exactly how to download the file and what happens if they lose it or need to find it.


How to do this

  • Provide digital patterns that they can print at home, via a printshop or view on their tablet/PC.
  • Design patterns that are clear and easy to follow.
  • Provide a good selection of designs – both traditional and contemporary.  Cater for all levels, beginner to advanced.
  • Provide written and video tutorials that cover every step of the process so there is no confusion. Have an explainer video on the process of how to purchase a digital download.
  • Overcome shipping delays and expense by providing shop links where they can purchase materials in their own country.
  • Create a simple, uncluttered shop layout that is easy to get around and also visually beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Easy navigation menus and good product photos.
  • Offer as many payment options as possible and have a multi currency tool for global customers. Make sure the checkout is quick and painless – no forms to fill in.


So lets take a quick look at what you will find in the store and see if I have met all these criteria – If you have any other ideas about what you would like to see I would be happy to consider them:

  • A large range of Needlepainting & Whitework patterns for sale both new and old
  • Easy download & access to files
  • Tutorials & Lessons which cater for all skill levels
  • Free tutorials, including learn to do embroidery.
  • Free patterns
  • Free video tutorials
  • How to videos
  • Shop supplies – a list of worldwide suppliers of materials right on your doorstep
  • Ebooks
  • Multi currency options- see prices in your own currency
  • Express checkout option.
  • More payment options for both Overseas and local customers

All this is available to you, without you ever having to leave the store.  I like to think that we are moving from a stall in the marketplace to our own store with a private entrance – it is easy to access, has good parking and once you are inside you will find everything you need in a lovely clean, serene, space – with airconditioning of course!  If I could add a coffe shop I would do that too 🙂   My daughter Stacey, who is a graphic designer in London, and I have been working together to make this dream come true, to create a perfect shopping experience where you can browse through the patterns or learn a new skill, without annoying pop ups and ads!

Of course this does not mean that you will not be able to purchase physical kits, materials etc through the Etsy store, its all still there and can be accessed from within the new store. I cant wait to open the doors and show you whats inside.  Keep watching this space for the launch and meantime, have a wonderful week, keep smiling and happy stitching.


Whitework With Colour Book

Hello everyone

2017 has got off to a busy start, there are always new and exciting ideas to implement and over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of these with you, but today  it is time to show you something that I have been patiently waiting to reveal……….. and that is the release of the new book WHITEWORK WITH COLOUR which was finally released in Australia/New Zealand in December 2016 and UK/Europe early January 2017.  Those of you in the USA will have to be a little  bit patient as it is not due for release till next month (sorry about that).

You can find the book at most good bookstores or online booksellers – here it is on Amazon UK and for pre-release on


My advanced copy did not arrive till just after Christmas and before that I saw copies of it floating around on Instagram long before I had seen a copy!


But eventually it did arrive and I found a quiet spot, away from the rest of the family, and sat down to look through it.  It is hard to explain the feeling one gets seeing your book in print , it is awesome!


Thanks to my beautiful daughter for taking these gorgeous photos!

Despite the initial setbacks, an early review posted on Amazon by Karen Platt, a book reviewer lifted my spirits, thank you so much Karen.  Here is an extract you can read the full review here:

“It is impossible to praise this book too much, for any superlatives do not do it justice. It is supreme, beyond compare and in a league of its own. I have often admired Trish Burr’s books, but this is a book that dreams are made of…”


Below are a few extracts of projects from the book, there are 17 in all, including a starter, small, medium and large projects, ranging from easy to slightly more advanced.  Some of them are repeats in different colour schemes to see what can be achieved.  This book differs slightly from my previous books, in that I have leaned more on my own experience, sharing the methods that have worked best for me over the years.


You will be pleased to know that after lengthy discussions with the publisher I have agreed to provide fabric with printed outlines for all the projects in this book.  You can find them here in the ETSY store.


I have to confess to feeling a little bit pleased with this book – it speaks to me of a culmination of many years of hard work and the progress made over time with design layout, diagrams and instruction.  Being self taught I do understand the need for easy-to-follow instructions and I hope that you will find this to be the case with each project.  So there it is:   Whitework With Colour, my 8th book with Sally Milner Publishing, now all that remains is for you to enjoy it as much as I have done creating it for you and my mission is complete.

Till next time, keep smiling and happy stitching.




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