Hmong’s The Way

My second in a series of collections based on the Hmong-like embroidery designs. Unlike traditional Hmong that involves intricate hand cutwork, and fine-needle applique, my collections are built on the use of multiple layers and shades of embroidery thread.

While they are not the Hmong to which you are accustom, they are breathing in their own right.
What's more, they can be done completely from your embroidery machine.

This collection is larger than the original and includes a set of completed blocks and also borders and separates based on the same motif so that you may expand your embroidery experience with this unique art.

In addition, I've included some bi-color files and multi-color versions of the files for making this collection even more versatile.

See Ruth’s Quilt
See Karen Steven’s Dress
See Kathy’s Placemats


Bonus borders and corners

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When I was sewing these I thought they looked so pretty before the last color was sewn,

I scanned some of them to show you how they look without the last color sewn.

These were scanned while still in the hoop so they are a little fuzzy since they were not flat on the glass of the scanner.


Hmong’s The Way

$9.99 US

Includes 15 designs plus the bonus borders and corners (18 total designs).

All designs fit the 4x4 hoop

Design sizes are clearly marked. When ordering, be sure to order designs that will fit in your sewing machine hoop. As with any software, refunds and exchanges will not be made

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Hmong’s The Way Projects

I like to make something out of my sewouts so I appliqued the black squares onto a red jacket and clipped the edges ½ inch deep at 1/16 inch intervals for fringed edges.

To wear under the jacket - I used the border/corner combo.


Ruth Shadar writes

Hi Laura

Some time ago I bought your hmong designs, and finally did something with them.

I did a lot of resizing, splitting, rearranging and other plastic surgery to the original designs and added many Shisha mirrors.

I was worried about the effects of resizing, but with the ART format and Bernina software everything was OK.

I thought you will enjoy the result.


Ruth Shadar HMONG FULL300

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Karen Stevens writes:

“A couple of years ago, I bought your Hmong's the way at a sewing show. I recently completed a dress using the designs, and I entered it into a contest at my local Bernina dealership. I won first prize in garments and thought you'd like to see the dress. I'm very happy with how your designs stitched out and I have received many compliments.”

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by Kathy in North Carolina

Kathy writes,

“Just thought you’d like to see the placemats I made using your Hmong designs. They came out fantastic! I used very bright (some are florescent) colors.”

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See the March/April 05 issue of

Creative Machine Embroidery

to see projects made with our Molas and Hmong’s The Way designs.

Rebecca created some really cool projects with these collections. We have been hearing from folks all over the country how much they like her ideas.

Way to go Rebecca!




Laura's Sewing Studio embroidery designs are for personal use. Designs and copyrighted images are intended for private, non-commercial use. Laura's Sewing Studio entitles the purchaser only to make projects for personal use. The embroidery designs are the copyrighted property of Laura M. Waterfield. No design, documentation, or associated graphic distributed as part of this collection may be shared, re-sold individually, re-packaged, or used in any commercial endeavor or instructional presentation without the written consent of Laura's Sewing Studio. Any modifications of these embroidery designs are for the personal non-commercial use of the purchaser only and may not be sold or distributed under this licensing agreement.

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Thank you for your patronage and happy sewing.

Laura Waterfield

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