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  • Lofty Monograms!

    Gift #2 on my top 10 gifts to make for the 2019 Holiday season was a personalized throw. There’s such a wide selection of throws available at every price point and in many different fabrics. In Thursday’s Facebook Live session, Deborah Jones and I reviewed four different throws: a fleece buffalo plaid, a nubby and […] Read more…


  • Holiday Gift #2: Embroidering on Throws!

    Hey Embroidery Friends! We had a lot of fun with our favorite embroidery experts, Eileen Roche and Deborah Jones, as they shared invaluable tips for embroidering on throws and even informing us how long they’ve been in the machine embroidery industry! Don’t miss the replay below! They used the handy Embroiderer’s Compass to guide them […] Read more…


  • Buffalo Plaid? It’s Everywhere!

    If you’ve been looking for blanks to embroider this holiday season, chances are you found many options and 90% of them are buffalo plaid!  Whether it’s pillows, kitchen towels, throws, potholders or garments, it’s plaid!  Buffalo plaid offers some challenges for the embroiderer because of the combination of color (most likely red and black) and […] Read more…


  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Holidays can make many people sad, especially, if they’re spending the holiday alone.  If you don’t have big plans – or if you do have big plans – remember, it’s not about the fuss. It’s about being grateful for all our blessings: good health, family, friends,  faith and our talents.  If you’re alone on Thanksgiving […] Read more…

Software Saturdays!


  • Digitizing for Metallic Threads

    Last week, I provided some tips on digitizing for metallic thread.  Reader Janis O’Connor asked for some clarification on how to stitch the underlay of a complex fill in polyester thread and finish the decorative layer of the fill with metallic. There may be a better way to do this but this is how I […] Read more…


  • Get More Sparkle from Your Designs

    It’s sparkle time!  You can add a shiny element to many designs but you should set yourself up for success. Use your digitizing software to change some elements into metallic-friendly details.  In Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro digitizing software, lengthen run stitches.  My normal stitch length for quilting designs is 2.4.  For metallic threads, I increase […] Read more…

National Embroidery Month

  • Designs in Machine Embroidery, Stitch Along Tour

    So Much Talent!

    What do you get when you give 11 talented embroiderers a fairly simple fabric panel and a few embroidery designs? Eleven uniquely-embroidered works of art. It absolutely amazes me to see how people put their own stamp of creativity into an embroidery project. The past month has been an eye-opener – we’ve seen subtle touches […] Read more…


  • Final Day to Win!

    At 1:00 CST on February 28 join me for the final Facebook Live of National Embroidery Month. I’ll be wrapping up the Stitch Along with DIME and Baby Lock, giving away a Farmhouse Sentiments panel and discussing how to stabilize when quilting with your embroidery machine. See you at 1:00 tomorrow! Read more…