Again and again, I have sung the praises of Suzanne Hinshaw’s shadow embroidery designs for embroidery machines. Suzanne’s artistic hand has drawn the beautiful designs and her digitizing is impeccable. But, sadly, her designs are almost impossible to purchase now. A few collections are still for sale at Allbrands.
Suzanne and I have roomed together while teaching at Martha Pullen’s school in Huntsville and have enjoyed other good times tailgating and visiting when we got the chance.
Now, I cannot reach her. When I first started this blog, she posted an encouraging comment but since then, she has not answered e-mail and her web site is down. I know she is an incredible grandmother and dotes on those children. So perhaps she has given up designing and is just sewing and enjoying the grandbabies. I hope so. Does anyone know anything about where she is or what she is doing?
Meanwhile, her designs still charm me. This pillowcase is the project for a class I have taught all over the country. The shadow work design is from Suzanne Hinshaw’s collection Shadowed Bows 2. The web roses between the feather stitching and at the peak of the Madeira applique’ hem are from Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Elementsby Suzanne Sawko and me. I think it shows very well how much this machine technique looks like hand work. For details fo the technique, check earlier posts featuring shadow work.
Visit this site which gives some background and details of Suzanne’s design career and techniques.
Other designers are now marketing machine embroidery designs for shadow work, though I have not tried any of them. Upon close inspection, many are actually shadow applique’, a technique in which colored fabric is applique’d beneath a sheer fabric and held in place with a pin stitch or even a satin stitch.
Laurie Anderson of Southern Stitches has a new web site for machine embroidery featuring shadow embroidery and bullion knot designs.
I’m really saddened by Suzanne Hinshaw’s absence from the machine embroidery design world. If anyone knows anything about her, please let me know. And if you have found more shadow work designs, let us know that, too.