Connie uses a range of embroidery techniques for her own designs and bespoke work. She likes to incorporate lots of shading and detail to create depth with multiple colours and shade, and often combines multiple techniques where necessary to get the best results!
Starting with illustrations, these are then opened into embroidery software to digitise the embroidery. Multiple samples are often required and used to decide on any edits that may need to be made to the digital file to make sure the final piece is right.
The free-hand motion process also starts with illustrations to generate the motif shapes, before being marked out on the chosen garment or material to be stitched out by hand using a domestic Bernina sewing machine by moving an embroidery hoop under the moving needle. This process doesn't usually require sampling depending on the design.
Some pieces may need hand finishing, be it bead work, small accents of French knots or hand stitching patches onto garments and heavier materials.