Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations + Free Design


fil tire’ oval surrounded by pinwheel roses and greenery ~~situated above serpentine entredeux woven with threads used for leaves…5.12″ x 7.9″


The Fil Tire’ and Fancywork machine embroidery collections created by Suzanne Sawko and me have been mentioned in several posts.  

There are three sets, Elements,   Combinations and  Frames and Phrases.  The stitched samples make the post very image intensive, so each collection will be posted separately.  They will appear in succession,as quickly as I can scan sew outs and write the descriptions.

A few of the free designs offered here have been from one of the three sets.I’m sorry this is more tedious than the one click purchase option on other upscale sites. This is more like a yard sale–bargain prices, changing inventory, and limited quantities.   You might be surprised at some of the unique items I have in my stash/hoard/collection!


These designs are from the Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations Collection.  The cost is $35 if delivered electronically or $40 + postage if delivered on a cd.


3.85" x 2.07"

3.85″ x 2.07″

For sale:  Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations machine embroidery collection.  $35 downloaded or $40 + postage on CD. Designs require hoop sizes  from 4 x 4 to 6 x 10″.  This is the second of three Fil Tire’ and Fancywork collections.


6.63″ x 2.02″ ~~very sweet on a baby blanket with a monogram or name above the swag.

See a Swiss flannel blanket with this design.

NOTE:  These sew-outs were stitched to card stock and kept in a notebook.   This caused  the puckers in the fabric.  The designs  stitch out perfectly flat.


3.94″ x 3.94″~~nice under monograms or names



This collection was designed and digitized by my close friend Suzanne Sawko and edited by me.


6.75" x 1.92" Baby pillowcases are so pretty with this design.

6.75″ x 1.92″ Baby pillowcases are so pretty with this design.

Suzanne is an innovative digitizer with a great sense of design.


2.68″ x 2.69″~~~fil tire’ basket

 See this design on a tabletopper.

She was the first to digitize fil tire’ and, in my opinion, no one has ever duplicated the crisp, light, hand stitched look of her machine embroidered version of this classic hand stitching technique.


2.59" x 0.63"~~I've used this on either side of a button front yoked daygown.

2.59″ x 0.63″~~I’ve used this on either side of a button front yoked daygown.

There are 3 collections, Elements, Combinations and Frames and PhrasesElements has individual designs  that can be combined as you choose.  Many of those “elements” are included in the Combinations designs.  The other two collections will be offered and displayed in another post.


3.94″ x 3.94″~~Replicated from a 1930’s boudoir pillow.


There are also designs that look very much like hand embroidery.  Some were copies from antique embroideries, like this one which was featured on a ’30’s boudoir pillow.  There is a single coordination flower in the collection.

When she first told me many years ago that she was digitzing fil tire’, I might have been skeptical had I not known her.  Suzanne had already digitized so many hand look stitches like chain stitch for redwork, machine embroidered French knots, lazy daisy, pinwheel rose and more that I expected she would do it and do it well.


1.69″ x 1.34″

See this design on a little quilt, “If apples were pears….”

There are 35 different designs, but 54 design files.  Many identical designs are offered in two versions, like the two below.  The first features web roses (shown unfinished–see the 5 legged cross at the very center of the fil tire’ and along the sides) which need some hand work, explained in the information file.



8.54" x 5.54" This would be pretty on a round collar or yoke. It requires some handwork on the web roses shown as stars.

8.54″ x 5.54″ This would be pretty on a round collar or yoke.The collection includes another version of this design which includes web roses, requiring some handwork.




Other designs are offered with slight variations, such as a row of entredeux with three pinwheel roses at right. It can be stitched vertically with what might be ribbons or, if stitched in green, tendrils. This same entredeux design with pinwheel roses is also offered horizontally.

1.2″ x 0.48″

The dainty, wide V design is sweet on collars or as brackets around a tiny monogram.   See this design on zig zag bonnet.


3.26" x 1.55"

3.26″ x 1.55″


Another useful design for monograms is this corner. called monogram swag. The flowers look very much like hand embroidery.

If rotated, the corner below also works for a monogram or name.



3.94 x 3.94″

As is, it looks sweet on a handkerchief corner or on either side of a yoke. This design was used on a set of child’s tea party linens.

I use this little floral spray frequently on baby blankets, to break up a line of feather stitching around the perimeter.

3.94″ x 3.94″


It was also used on the sides of a Swiss flannel baby shawl.   A handkerchief corner is another place for this small design.



.54″ x 6.9″ floral serpentine This can be stitched continuously with a border hoop.


One of my favorites in this collection is the floral serpentine.  It can be connected to a continuous line around a skirt or down a blouse front.

1.56″ x 1.33″ fil tire’ oval  See this on a doll dress bodice.

For those of you patient enough to read through all this and still eager to sample a design, please leave your request as a comment.  I will e-mail the fil tire’ oval, one of the most frequently used designs in the collection, to you.



115 responses to “Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations + Free Design

  1. I love your blog! I would love to try this sample and if I can do it I will purchase this set! LOVE LOVE! I need it in HUS please! send to
    Julia Malone

  2. Julia, thanks for loving my blog. The fil tire’ oval has been sen so please let me know how it stitches out for you. Happy sewing!

  3. Abbie Wright

    I would love to sample one of these designs before I purchase! Thanks!

  4. Abbie, the fil tire’ heart has been sent. For best results, be sure to read the text file.

  5. Just discovered your wonderful blog! I would very much appreciate the oval sample. Thanks!


  6. Mary, the fil tire’ oval design has been sent. It can be used on so many items. hope you enjoy stitching this design. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. These are beautiful. Is there any chance these are still available for purchase?

  8. Yes, Natalie, they are still available. I will write to you privately about them. Thanks for asking.

  9. Carol Marchewka

    I wanted to receive a sample design. I have a Babylock embroidery machine will your deigns do the roses and leaves to? I looked on your site but don’t see the link to purchase your software designs, can you send the link?
    Thank you,

  10. Carol, the design will work on any machine. I always send it in .pes format unless another is requested, so it is good to go on your Babylock. The design has been sent. I hope you enjoy stitching it.

  11. Mary Ann Wilson

    Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations Collection. Would like to purchase.

  12. Thanks, Mary Ann. I will write to you privately.

  13. Karen Kinghorn

    I love your designs! They inspire me. I’d like the free designs, but would like to purchase others. I have a Husqvarna Viking. I am going to attempt to embroider on cotton tulle for a christening/blessing. What thread would you recommend?

  14. Karen, It’s so nice to know that you like these designs. First, let me apologize for the delay in replying. Just as we were cleaning the yard and repositioning plants and yard furniture from hurricane Matthew, we went to Mayo Clinic for another cardiac procedure for my husband. It was minor, as much as a cardiac procedure can be. He’s fine and we are grateful. But I am way behind in blogging and replying to comments. So….to your question about thread. I prefer and recommend cotton for all the Fil Tire’ and Fancywork designs. For any of the wing needle designs I recommend 80 wt. Madeira Cotona, but I would caution you about using a wing with tulle. I have never done that and I THINK it would work, but please try a sample first. For the surface embroidery, DMC 50/2 cotton or Mettler 60/2 works best for most designs. Heavier thread, such Mettler 30 wt or their Silk Finish 50/3 work best. But the bottom line is that most threads would work. It just depends on how particular you are. I’ll get these designs sent out to you very shortly. Thanks for your interest, Karen. I’d love to see photos of your finished projects.

  15. Love all of your work – just beautiful and stunning. I would love the Fil Tire Fancywork designs. I need the JEF or PES format.

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