What I’ve learned from many Designs readers is that they’re pulled to projects featuring massive amounts of embroidery. They love to read about them, drool over the beautiful photographs and colors. But in reality, when it comes time to create their own embroidered projects, time is usually of the essence and they opt for simple, one-design projects.
But simple one-design projects don’t have to be dull and boring – they can be elevated to the luxurious with the right appliqué fabric, thread selection and proper sizing. The latest issue of Designs features quite a few projects that fit this bill. You’ll find cute baby gifts from Rehbecca Lowder and Marie Zinno. Joann Connolly’s one-word totes – Read – are perfect for back to school and Paula Spoon’s ghoulish flag celebrates the spooky holiday. Kandi Christian is back with two garments – one denim suit and a pin-tucked t-shirt.
Speaking of t-shirts, I’ll be wearing our cover garment – Wow! What a Neckline! whenever I hit the road to teach this season. I love to wear our samples, in fact, when I make a garment for the magazine I make it in my size so I can show you just how wearable embroidery can be. Our motto here at the magazine is if I wouldn’t wear it, then we won’t make it! After all we’re not a runway fashion magazine, we’re a how-to magazine. And what’s the point in learning how to make something you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
And oh yes, the t-shirt on the cover features designs from Nancy Zieman and my new collection: Embroider It Yourself Designer Necklines, available mid-September. You’re gonna love these techniques! Feel free to call the office to pre-order Designer Necklines, 888-739-0555.
This week we’re giving away Teddy, The Amazing Huggable Stitchable Bear! Teddy is part of our Bear Hugs! Stitch-A-Bear Charity Campaign! Leave a comment and tell me if you like to duplicate a project shown in the magazine step by step or do you see a project with various potential and run with it on your own. We love learning how you use the magazine.
The winner of last weeks coupon is…Jan Boggan Henson!
I have been machine embroidering since 1997 when I also started my website for inspiration and ideas. I have tried many types of editing software but still prefer Embird to the more expensive offerings. Embird does everything I need to do in manipulating designs to my preference. I do not digitize since I have more designs than I will ever use. I now own a Designer SE from Husqvarna Viking and the Creative Vision from Pfaff. I don’t think I will ever tire of creating with machine embroidery. Thank you for your magazine and all the inspiration it provides.
Congratulations, Jan !