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Helen Hart Momsen has been involved with embroidery for over 30 years and is an accomplished digitizer. She is a sincere advocate for the embroiderers in the professional embroidery industry and believes they are the real backbone of the embroidery industry. Her belief in—and admiration for—those who do the work of embroidery is well known: “I believe the ones who make the needle go up and down are the ones who make this embroidery world go ‘round and ‘round,” she says.  A strong believer in sharing knowledge for the good of the industry, Helen  is the founder of the Embroidery Line , a free forum for information and source sharing between embroiderers and digitizers, both novice and veteran. (www.EmbroideryLine.net)

In March of 2003, Helen’s first book, Professional Embroidery—Business by Design, was published. This book takes the entrepreneur from the decision to be self-employed though the details of setting up a business, selecting a machine and a digitizer, learning about editing, lettering and digitizing, buying software, promoting the business, copyright issues, as well as how to understand garments and read a catalogue, accept credit cards and more. Professional Embroidery—Business by Design was named by Graphics Pro Magazine as one of the top products of 2003. This award is based on innovation, originality, uniqueness and impact for products that influence productivity or sales. 

Her second book, Professional Embroidery—Stitching by Design was published in 2004. This volume deals with the basic components of embroidery (hoops, needles, backing, placement and the art of hooping), how a machine stitches and troubleshooting tips, blueprints for stitching different garments and fabrics, more on marketing to special groups, branching out, adding employees and more.

She is working on the third book in the series, Professional Embroidery—Digitizing by Design.

Helen is also working with Dr. Christina Henri, Artist-in-Residence at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in Tasmania and the Roses from the Heart™ memorial. She has started a drive to complete the last 2000 bonnets with a project called Roses from America's Heart.© Read more about it on the Special Projects page and the Stories page. Inspired by a portion of the bonnet memorial called Swept Under the Carpet that she saw in Ireland, Helen hopes to encourage American embroiderers, quiilters, seamstresses and artisans to make and decorate a bonnet in remembrance of the value and suffering of the women convicts exiled from Ireland and England in the 19th century.

Helen created and markets the Hart Form, an efficient business and invoicing form for the decorated apparel industry. She also markets a CenterPoint ruler and a Circular Monogram and Calligraphy alphabet as well as other distinctive designs. 


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