John Deer is the driving force behind the website Adorable Ideas and technically, Ultimate Stash is the website that offers the machine embroidery designs. Adorable Ideas is the parent company that also owns Digitizing Made Easy, for which John Deer is really known. To make it even more confusing, do not type in “John Deer machine embroidery” into google or your hits will come back with lots of tractor designs. You probably noticed this, but John Deer does not spell his name the same as the tractor company John Deere.
John Deer is a third generation embroiderer. His family began designing Schiffli lace on looms around 1910 and has passed down that skill to John Deer. [Digitizing Made Easy by John Deer, 2007] What an incredible heritage.
On the top bar of their website is the Learning Center that includes: Classroom, Inspiration, and Tutorials. All three of these sections will keep you busy learning for a long time. Personally, I love seeing the exquisite gowns made with the Schiffli lace.
The designs on the Ultimate Stash website are a very high quality. You can tell that it comes from many years of experience, but it is most evident when you click on the lace designs. They are gorgeous. This is really authentic Schiffli lace that is available to every home embroiderer. Before my husband bought me my embroidery machine, I never dreamed that I would have the ability to create such beautiful, authentic lace. It has been such a joy to me to find this site.
My favorite purchases are from his “Vintage Lace Project Series” hosted by Janet Carley. These lace projects are so elegant. You learn professional methods of using the lace designs on projects. I am not sure if they are still available as I could not find them on the website any longer. I now wish I had purchased all of them.
The website does have many designs that are not lace oriented. They have a free design for you to try. In addition to regular designs, they specialize in “Sparkle Designs;” and they offer kits as well to accompany the designs.
This bride and groom lace motif is just lovely and makes a wonderful wedding card or can be added to even an anniversary gift.
Have fun machine embroidering and I hope you enjoy the Adorable Ideas website.