Rennie Mackintosh Rose by Carolyn Sinclair

Carolyn Sinclair is a textile artist/designer and an expert in computer embroidery and software. She has contributed to our Blog on two previous occasions with ‘Seahorses’ and ‘Machine Cut Mat’ and as a recognised teacher of embroidery machines and embroidery software, is one of the experts who writes for the Bernina Blog.

Tall glass vase decorated with machine embroidered Rennie Mackintosh panel.  The panel has a large round pink Art Deco rose at the top, above a tapered curved green stem. The rose is surrounded by several straight black lines which form a sort of window frame.
Rennie Mackintosh Rose Panel by Carolyn Sinclair

Carolyn tells us she created this piece using dedicated embroidery software, specifically designed for a two-day class she was teaching.

Apart from being a beautiful example of several machine embroidery techniques, this panel also demonstrates the many benefits of using Lutradur as a base material.

Carolyn says she chose Lutradur 100 for several reasons –
1. As a stand alone panel, the fabric needed to look the same both sides.
2. The fabric had to cut well and cleanly, to allow sections to be removed.
3. It had to support a lot of stitching without distorting or tearing.

Close up photograph of top section of the panel.  This image shows a deep pink rose in the shape of a ball,  divided by rows of black machine stitching to give the impression of petals.
Vibrant colours and bold design make this a stunning piece of work.
Close up photograph of middle section, showing stem and part of the left and right hand side of the frame.
The Lutradur has been cut away either side of the stem.
Photograph of lower section, showing stem base and bottom of frame.
Despite the high density of stitching the Lutradur has lost none of its shape.

As can be seen in the photographs above, the panel has a considerable amount of satin stitch. Normally, such a high density of stitching would cause distortion, but the Lutradur 100 has maintained its shape.

Carolyn loves teaching and helping people, so if you would like to learn more about machine embroidery and/or embroidery software, please email her at –

In the meantime, you can see more of her work by visiting the Bernina Blog. Here’s a link to one of her most recent posts –

by Ruth Morgan | July 17, 2020 | Posted in Lutradur