SPOTLIGHT ON EMBROIDERY: YVONNE MENEAR OF LANGLEY, BC

On my rounds & abouts, I meet lots of different people: sewers, embroiderers, people who love making garments, people who are quilters, and  many more.  It was probably last year that I first saw a rather interesting and refreshingly different embroidered project (pic below) at SHOW & TELL at Langley Vacuum & Sewing , BC. I asked the Janome customer what design she had used to make this item. Turns out she belongs to Yvonne Menear’s Embroidery Club and this was one of the projects that had been taught by Yvonne.

This is the project I saw done by a Langley Vacuum & Sewing customer. I was intrigued and decided to follow up to find out more about it.

This is the project I saw done by a Langley Vacuum & Sewing customer. I was intrigued and decided to follow up to find out more about it.

This is the reversible table topper that caught my eye when a LANGLEY VACCUM & SEWING  customer shared her finished project with us. Yvonne tells me that it is piecing in the hoop and was inspired by a pattern from Anita Goodesign. Yvonne re-digitized it with her own stitch files in her embroidery software.

This is Yvonne’s pic. She tells me that it is piecing in the hoop and was inspired by a pattern from Anita Goodesign. Yvonne re-digitized it with her own stitch files in her embroidery software.

Yvonne Menear is an independent educator for quilting, machine embroidery, and computer skills.  She teaches at stores, quilt guilds, embroidery clubs, sewing shows, local and international quilt shows, and retreats for quilting and machine embroidery. She uses trunk shows, hands on quilting and embroidery classes, computer skills classes, and digitizing for machine embroidery classes. In addition, she operates an independent embroidery club that meets once a month in Langley, BC.  This is  open to all machine embroidery owners and she provides stitch files, project ideas, machine embroidery techniques including needles, hooping skills, threads, and stabilizers and support on using the embroidery machine functions for all machines.  Yvonne can be contacted at  ycjm@shaw.ca   or visit her website’s at   http://www.yvonnemenear.com/  or   http://members.shaw.ca/lmeg/

This quilt is constructed as a whole cloth quilt and is all embroidery stitches. It is an edited version of the HOOPSISTERS TNT  quilt design.

This quilt is constructed as a whole cloth quilt and is all embroidery stitches. It is an edited version (by Yvonne) of the HOOPSISTERS TNT quilt design.

Yvonne loves sharing what she has learned and she gets excited by being with others who also have a love of sewing.  Recently she also wrote a book for a company to support their new software program.

This Asian inspired quilt was created using Electric Quilt Designing software for the pieced background and the embroidery designs were purchased, free internet downloads and designs digitized by Yvonne.

This Asian inspired quilt was created using Electric Quilt Designing software for the pieced background and the embroidery designs were purchased, free internet downloads and designs digitized by Yvonne.

Yvonne’s favorite group to teach is her machine embroidery club.  Many of her students have JANOME EMBROIDERY machines varying from older models right up to the most current top of the line JANOME machines.  The students have no problems being able to use the designs she creates for them as their machines have the capabilities to edit the stitch files further to create one of a kind unique projects based on the original files she supplies for them.  Many students have upgraded to newer machines based on the show and tell projects and the ease of use the students had creating their designs on the newer models of machines.   Yvonne says: “We even have a man in our group who digitizes regularly with his Janome MBX software program to add even more details to the projects he creates”. Hi John, I’m sure Yvonne is referring to you!

This string art quilt was digitized by Yvonne to celebrate the string art projects that she used to make as a child with a wooden board with nails & string.

This string art quilt was digitized by Yvonne to celebrate the string art projects that she used to make as a child with a wooden board with nails & string.

Learning never ends and Yvonne is inspired by all the places she travels.  She is very excited about being able to teach quilt and machine embroidery designing at the International Houston Quilt Festival this fall.  The exposure to other amazing quilters and machine embroidery individuals will be a thrill for her. And then, in  June 2104, she is sponsoring a “Cruise and Learn” opportunity on a cruise to Alaska.

Yvonne Menear

Yvonne Menear

About lizafrica

I work for Janome & Elna Sewing machines in Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing industry for over 20 years so I do bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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