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.

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