Since I’ve been back from Kansas I’ve spent a little time playing with my new embroidery machine. I also took a class on it yesterday. I’m still pinching myself each time I go into my sewing room. Dreams really do come true friends!
So in addition to the oversized monograms that I’ve been creating, I’ve also been just playing around and trying out the different features of the machine. Here what I did was combine a design with built in lettering and worked on lining it all up and centering it.
One of the things I’m doing is I’m making some garden flags as Christmas gifts. I’m doing the embroidery on burlap as that is so popular these days. I used a tear away stabilizer on the back. The large split letter is from 8 Claws and a Paw and the smaller letters are built into my embroidery machine.
Burlap appliques quite nice. In the top two photos, burlap was hooped.
Now this next design was stitched onto osnaburg fabric. You can find this fabric in with the utility fabrics at your local JoAnn’s. I LOVE osnaburg. It is a natural cotton and I use it in a lot of projects, particularly when I make rag quilts. Anyway, I learned something about my machine. Here I am using the 8 x 14 hoop. I have hooped the osnaburg as well as the tear away stabilizer. Osnaburg is lighter weight in comparison to the burlap. I just could not get a tight enough hooping that I had a problem with puckering. Next time I should try using the screw driver to tighten the hoop and also I think that with using the large hoop that it might be wise to use an adhesive to attach the fabric to the stabilizer.
There is a learning curve to this machine for sure!
What is on your embroidery machine these days? I’d love to hear!
Let’s Celebrate Pennant Banner letter E has just been released and is available right here for free for one week only. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page to instantly download the machine embroidery file. Embroidery Design is available in PES, JEF, HUS, VIP, VP3 and DST. It requires a 5 x 7 embroidery hoop.
It was a sad day for me as I had to say good bye to my dear friend Laura. I’m leaving on vacation and when I return she will be gone and getting settled in the great southwest state of Arizona. Laura is both my neighbor and also my gym buddy. Knowing we would meet at the gym is what would help keep me motivated to get up and go. I hate exercise.
Having lived in Arizona, twice, I know how southwest décor is very popular down there so I made a couple of hand towels with chili peppers to help her feel like she is fitting in. 🙂
I took some twine and tied it in a bow for an added embellishment and stitched it in place.
A very quick note here to remind you to grab the letters U, V, W and X for free down at the bottom of my home page. They will be replaced with the letters Y and Z tomorrow. As always, you will be able to find them in the Embroidery It Etsy Shop.
Following that I am away with the family for two weeks. A new series will begin once I return.
I hope you are all having the very BEST of summers!
My latest designs have been inspired by out daughter Katie who as you know is currently serving in the Air Force. Katie loves horses. Actually she loves all animals and for a long time she wanted to be a veterinarian. When she finishes her time in the Air Force, which will be next May, she plans to study equine dentistry and become a horse dentist. She hopes to live on a farm where she can raise lots of animals and little critters. She has the heart of St. Francis.
Remember the “Barn Girl” jacket she asked me to embroider for her.
There are three horseshoe applique designs and they are sold individually. There is a small single horseshoe which fits the 4 x 4 hoop, a large single horseshoe for the 5 x 7 hoop, and a double horseshoe which fits the 5 x 7 hoop.
The final stitching of the design is the nails in the horseshoe. These may be eliminated and you may replace them with rhinestones or sequins for an added touch. A bow also adds a bit of fun.
It’s Spring! I’m doing the happy dance here because it is my favorite season! My favorite colors are anything pastel. Love it!!! The trees are budding out now with the most beautiful spring green as their leaves unfold. Take a look at the rhubarb poking with its head out of the ground. I’m ready for a yummy rhubarb strawberry crisp and I can’t wait to start planting my tomatoes and other delicious vegetables.
With the warmer weather, I’ve been walking outside much more and being out in nature just gives me the feeling of being closer to God. Despite my trials (we all have them) I have so much to be thankful for and spending time outside, especially working in my garden, just gives me a quiet opportunity to reflect on my blessings and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide me.
We have family coming to visit and I’ve been busy getting the house ready as well as planning the meals. Sometime I just don’t know what to fix. There are a lot of meals. Do you ever feel like that?
My front door ready to greet everyone. You are welcome to come for a visit. I’d love to meet you!
The embroidery is from Needle Little Embroidery and is titled Rosebud Egg Applique. I thought stitching it on burlap turned out so sweet. I used a bamboo skewer to make a plant pick with it. It is ready to welcome you at the door.
Machine Embroidery – St. Patrick’s Day Applique Shamrock and More!
I’m having a little St. Patrick’s Day fun in doing this machine embroidery applique shamrock. All designs from Needle Little Embroidery. I did this on a tote bag from the Dollar Tree! The applique fabric is glitter fabric from Hobby Lobby. It comes in cuts 8 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ and is found by the cut felt. $1.47 for the piece minus my 40% coupon. It is a cotton fabric that has glitter bonded to the surface of it and it embroiders quite nicely. I think it would be perfect material for an applique Christmas tree or tags on Christmas presents. With its shine it would make some great Christmas ornaments, or how about Easter tree ornaments made with pastel glittered sheets. I’m really thinking I will go back and pick up some more of this fun fabric in other colors!
Next it was onto making two St. Patrick’s day coasters. You will never guess what these are stitched on……
Here it is! Grip Prints rubberized shelf liner from Contact. I got this at Target. It stitched beautifully on it.
The final simple secret…Adhesive backed cork board, found in the scrapbook section of your craft store. This makes a perfect coaster. Note: I stitched the blanket stitch around the designs when they were finished.
Even though these got stitched after Christmas it is still nice to have them on my tree.
These are pretty machine embroidery free standing lace designs with applique. The red fabric I used to applique with is red velvet! Beautiful red velvet! To stitch them out I used water soluble stabilizer on both the top and bottom.
The water soluble stabilizer on the bottom was hooped then I floated the velvet and top water soluble stabilizer.
Then I bought a yard of the pearls to make the hangers.
I am partial to free standing lace designs that have applique. The applique gives the designs a unique look because you could use any color or design of fabric. I love the velvet, both the look and the feel of it.
Hope you enjoy the last of my Christmas designs, at least for a while.