We are a tiny team here at Designs. We are committed to inspiring our readers – issue after issue. We strive to come up with new ideas, inspiration, techniques and expert advice. Since much of what I’ve learned about embroidery has come through trial and error, I know I still have a lot to learn so I lean on some folks who know way more than me. And they are a great resource for you too.
Our two wonderful experts are Deborah Jones and Scotty Goodman.
Many of you are familiar with Deborah Jones, Ask the Expert columnist. She’s the go-to person for tricky stabilizer/fabric/thread combo questions. In fact, she wrote a book on that! But did you know she’s also an expert on many facets of embroidery including embroidery as a business? She has a wealth of information to share regarding starting a home-based business, working with contract embroiderers on large jobs and pricing your embroidery. Are these subjects you’re interested in? Deborah is open to suggestions – after all, what’s the use of writing if no one is interested in your subject?
Scotty Goodman, Great Scott columnist, is our Dr. Oz. You can ask Scotty anything about the health of your machine and he’ll be happy to reply. Isn’t it amazing the stuff people ask the real Dr. Oz? Subjects they wouldn’t be comfortable talking about with their own doctor, they ask Dr. Oz (on TV, no less!). If there’s something you always wanted to ask your local dealer but didn’t have the nerve, then by all means, ask Scotty! He won’t wonder what you were thinking when you tried to embroider on cork/wood/metal. He’ll be happy to tell you why the results weren’t exactly what you hoped.
Last week we wanted to know what you are working on. The winner of Perfect Alignment Software is…Desiree!
“What’s in my hoop? I’ve been doing personalized beach towels for gifts, and t-shirts for myself. I found a great bath sheet at Costco that looks like a beach towel when embroidered with a “beachy” design. And I found some t-shirts that fit me wonderfully at Sam’s, only to find that they don’t have them anymore when I went back for more! Oh well, I should expect that from these places-here today, gone tomorrow!”