A Gift



I like our customers. I really like our customers. I can’t count how many have become true friends. And I foresee that number growing.  So yesterday, I decided to give each of our customers a free mini design set for the holiday season to show appreciation.

Bad plan. Yesterday was December 14th and starting a design set from scratch, even a mini design set, takes a lot of time.

But I came up with plan B.  I could take a previous Design of the Month design set, add a mega design and Bob’s Your Uncle.

(If you don’t know what “Bob’s Your Uncle” means, it’s a phrase that periodically shows up on sit coms meaning “Everything’s Jake”, another phrase, mostly heard on TV, meaning that you have everything covered.)

I started poking around on my computer and found the perfect candidate, a mini-design set called “It’s a Gift” consisting of several individual wrapped presents along with an arrangement of multiple gifts.  What could be better for a holiday gift than embroidered gift design?

The set was crying out for an applique version of the “arrangement of gifts” design.  Twenty four hours later I had the new design ready to stitch.

The design set is on our site, Make sure you download it.*

On another note…. When you stitch this design, do as I do, TEST FIRST!   Don’t pull out your almost-finished wall hanging and add this design for the first time. Don’t stitch this design on that super special piece of silk your great aunt Ida brought you from China when stitching the first time. TEST FIRST!

I can’t tell you how often I’m complimented on my fabric/thread/color choices.  These folks must think I instantly know what’s going to work and what isn’t.  Truthfully, I’ve done this a lot and seen a lot of color combinations. I study color everywhere I go. Nature has some luscious color sets. Fashion teaches a lot, too. I love to browse home décor and analyze the colors. All of these have brought me to where I am. Almost always my first choice of colors and fabrics work. Yet, there are times that my vision is wrong.  That’s why I TEST. That’s why I emphasize TESTING.

It so happens that my fist stitch-out of this design was a major flop. Here’s it is:


I learned a lot from this stitch-out. I learned that the gray background fabric looks washed out and the gold-on-red is acceptable, but not outstanding.   Time to try again.

So wishing you a happy holiday season with lots of stitching. And don’t forget to TEST FIRST!



DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE ON OUR SITE: www.bullarddesigns.com

*Free download through Dec. 24, 2014



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  1. Lois Williams
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank for th gift

  2. Shelby Smarte
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great “gift”! I hope your holidays are Merry and Bright!

  3. Jan
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    What a nice surprise and how thoughtful .
    Much appreciated Bobbie and Randy and Thank-you.
    Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas.

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