Mylar Majestic Butterflies

New Mylar Embroidery® collection released: Mylar Majestic Butterflies. Visit my website at to see this wonderful new set of butterflies. This 5×7 sized collection includes 40 designs. Multi-color and shaded wings outlined in bold black satin stitches brings this collection to life. With or without an inside fill of color, these butterflies are sure to get compliments on whatever you choose to stitch them on.  Open or closed winged beauties give you many options. Visit my facebook page and upload photos of projects you have created using my designs.  I love to see them!

Fresh from the Farm! New Collection

Applique Swirly Farm Animals with Mylar is a new collection with 27 designs for the 5 x 7 hoop. The designs on this multi-format disc use applique on the animals.  I use Minkee for dimension, but regular fabric will work as well. I would not use fleece on digitized machine embroidery because the loft is too high for your embroidery foot. Each main design has an element of Mylar Embroidery® in it.  I have broken out the designs to be used in many ways.  Look at the collection of designs and you will see what I mean.  See all the designs here at Here is my sample:

Mylar Fancy Flamingos

Brand new collection from Purely Gates Embroidery called Mylar Fancy Flamingos ready for the heat of summer and all those quick, cute projects. These flamingos are a little more sophisticated and elegant, but still fun.  This collection includes ten 5x 7 designs with the shimmer of Mylar Embroidery®. Great for Beach Towels, tote bags, pool cover-ups, Tshirts, or a gift for your Flamingo-loving friends. Check out all the summer time designs like Curly Fun in the Sun with Mylar, Mylar Flamingos (the first set), Mylar Flip Flops, Mylar SeaLife, Mylar Tropical Fish, Mylar Koi, Mylar Geckos, and now Mylar Fancy Flamingos at

Look for another new collection out next week!

Mylar Koi using Mylar Embroidery® makes a Splash!

MYLAR KOI using Mylar Embroidery® is the newest collection this summer.  These designs shimmer and shine and will look good in any project.  Go to to see the sample I created using these designs.  This collection also provides the designs in an outline running stitch and can be used as quilting or Redwork.  I hope you enjoy them!

What’s Red, White and New!

Here’s a sneak peek into the upcoming new collection.  It will be out  next week. This will give you plenty of time to stitch items for the summer and the July 4th holiday.  Show your patriotic spirit.  These 24 designs will be available for the 4 x 4 hoop on a multi-format CD. Have a safe and relaxing Memorial weekend.

Mylar Swirly Sewing Stabilizer Organizer

Just finished a project using my Mylar Swirly Sewing Design collection. Here is a storage solution for your stabilizer rolls that is not only cute, but it gets those rolls off the floor or or table tops.   Here is a photo of the finished project.  Send me photos of your projects that utilize Purely Gates Embroidery designs.  I hope my designs and projects inspire you to create.

Mylar Swirly Sewing Stabilizer Organizer

Thread color selection

When it comes to choosing thread colors for a design, at times it can seem like a monumental decision.  Why do we spend so much time picking threads? We feel the need to select the exact thread colors that we saw the original stitched in.  This is usually because color choice can be one of the reasons we fall in love with a design in the first place. “We want that design in those colors on that fabric!”

When I choose thread colors for a new collection, it may be colors that match a fabric I chose to display the designs on.  I may choose thread colors just based on what colors a particular design most commonly comes in and then I choose a shade I like.  If it is a fantasy type design, I just try to pick color combinations that go well together.  I have my favorites when it comes to skin tones and shading and I really love bright greens. If I pick thread colors and stitch the designs out, then I select fabrics to make the sample from, the fabric selection becomes much harder for me.

We love embroidery because it is a creative outlet for us. Let picking the thread colors be your part of the designs originality.  Choose colors you like.  Treat the colors on the color chart as a suggestion or even just to show you what portion of the design that particular color is going to stitch. If a design calls for 3 greens: a light, a medium, and a dark, choose 3 in your stash of threads that you like. Experiment with color. Make the design your own.  I really enjoy seeing what you have created with my designs and to see the color you choose.  Send me your project photos to either my email ( ) or post them yourself on my Facebook page for Purely Gates Embroidery.

What’s Next? Sneak Peek

I’ve been working diligently to get my next collection, or should I say next 2 collections done.  They are “like- themed” designs. All I have left to do is create a quilt sample for each and quilt them. My hope is to have them ready to release by Tuesday of next week. See a sneak peek of the new collections. One is for Boys and One is for Girls.

If you want to know when a new collection is released, go to my website  and sign up to receive an e-mail and we will add you to our list.  If you have a local store and want them to carry my designs then send them to my website  Thank you for your time.  Now I have to get back to work to meet my Tuesday deadline.


New Fall Embroidery Collections

I hope you enjoy the new look to my blog.  I really found the other theme hard to read.  I think this new one looks more creative, anyway.  I have released a few more collections since I last blogged: Mylar Americana, Applique Naptime Monkeys, Mylar Luminous Garden, Fun in the Sun with Mylar, and my newest Mylar Fall Leaves.  If you’d like to be informed as to when new collections are released, sign up for my e-mail notification list on my home page.

I’ve been trying to alternate my collections between cutesy, baby themes and elegant, decorative themes.  My Mylar Fall leaves collection would look great on tablerunners, placemats, wall banners, pillows, purses, jackets, jeans, or a quilt. These designs would also look great as tone on tone designs, or 2 color. Think outside the box and choose your own colors to match fabrics or existing decor.  Utilize the color change chart only to make informed decisions as to what color of thread to use for each color change.  My color charts show you the portion of the design the color is going to stitch. E-mail me photos of you projects that include my designs and I will post them on the Customer Gallery pages of my website.

By the way, if you are having trouble finding Mylar or the correct Mylar sheets to use with my designs, just contact one of the retailers listed on my Orders page to order some.  They will be happy to help you.

I am currently working on a cute Halloween collection that I hope to have released in the next couple of weeks.  You will get 2 stitch files for each design, one digitized for Mylar and one digitized for use with applique (I like to use the soft Minkee fabric for my applique fabric). These designs will look adorable on Tshirts, Tote bags, Door Banners, and even a baby bib or quilt.

I hope I can make your embroidery an enjoyable past time. Thank you,


Beware of Copycats

Isn’t it wonderful when someone comes up a new idea? Except when that idea has already been created! I find it interesting how many Mylar designs have popped up since Purely Gates Embroidery presented Mylar Embroidery® to the National and International scene at the 2008 Houston International Quilt Festival. (My very first mylar design collection for sale was created in 2006.) In fact, some have even gone so far as to copy my description of Mylar Embroidery® from my website word for word. Beware of copycats.

With almost 50 Mylar Embroidery® design collections available to date, Purely Gates Embroidery has the technique perfected.  You will always get a quality, well digitized design that stitches with ease on your machine. My designs are logically digitized with little to no jump stitches with design registration a priority. All of my design collections are created with you, the embroiderer, in mind.

I wouldn’t buy a design that warns of problems. If you read on the web (forums, chats, or blogs) how this technique will dull your needle, then something is wrong either with the digitizing of the design or you are using the wrong mylar. I have never had to babysit a design or have had it dull a needle.  In fact (I shouldn’t even be telling you this), I can’t remember the last time I changed my needle.  You can see my designs stitched out in the quilts on my gallery pages. No thread shedding, no thread popping, not one problem.  My embroidery machine is 5 years old and has over 29 million stitches on it.

Another warning I have read on others’ designs is to reduce the speed of  your machine.  I do not have to reduce the speed of my embroidery machine to stitch my designs.  My embroidery machine stitches up to 1000 stitches per minute and you better believe it is at full speed. Time is a premium these days and I need to utilize it as efficiently as possible.

I get many requests for different themes and I am trying to fulfill as many as I can.  New designs are released every 2-3 weeks. If you have an idea, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. I have many retailers that trust the quality of my designs enough to sell them in their stores. If you do not have a Purely Gates Embroidery dealer near you, then go to my Orders page and contact one of the fine dealers listed and they will be more than happy to provide shipping. If you have a favorite shop, send them to my website ( to become a dealer. Join my e-mail list and I will notify you each time a new collection is released.

Thank you for your time,


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