7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery
- Print a template(s) of your embroidery design so you can plan the embroidery layout. Place it on the item (garment, home décor, craft or quilt) and critique its placement and size.
- Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that you embroider on all the time in your test stash. Use this resource when testing a design for a final project. Fill every available inch with test designs then toss it when there’s no more room for additional tests.If you’re stitching on plain fabric, always buy more than you’ll need so you have material to use for a test stitch-out.So many problems can be avoided by stitching a test of the design with the fabric, stabilizer and thread combo that you’ll be using for the final project.
- Press the fabric – use starch and steam to get the fabric to behave. Press the stabilizer if it’s wrinkled so it will lay flat behind the fabric.
- Hoop on a flat, sturdy surface, not your lap. Ironing boards work in a pinch but best results are achieved when hooping on a solid surface, such as a cutting table and mat. Use the lines on the mat to square the fabric in the hoop.
- Select the right hoop for the job. The best hold is achieved with the smallest hoop for the design. For instance, a 4” x 4” hoop is the best choice for a 2 ½” x 3” design.
- Insert a fresh needle when starting a new embroidery project.
- Learn how to use simple embroidery editing software. You probably don’t need a full-blown digitizing system but a simple sizing and editing program can do 75% of daily embroidery tasks. Rotating, merging, mirror imaging and sizing designs are the top four chores I do to almost every design I stitch.
This week’s assignment:
I need your help! Tell me what color combination of the images shown is your favorite. Keep in mind that you’re not looking at actual fabric swatches, these are just thumbnails of colors. Your answers will help me when I’m shopping for fabrics and will place your name in a random drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to Designs website. I can’t wait to see what you choose.
The FOUR winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:
We LOVE bling and we want to hear from all of you that also LOVE bling! This week we will give away FOUR Crystal Eye Candy kits courtesy of Design by Dawn. Tell us what you would embellish with your own set of crystals. Four random winners will be drawn and will win one Kit listed below.
Each kit includes 480 crystals– all neatly organized in a handy container. Talk about beautiful, sparkly eye-candy! Plus, you’re getting nothing but the best! All crystals are Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements.
The FOUR winners are….
Tropical Kit: Michelle Rasmussen:
“I just bought my first tiny bag of crystals and a heat wand yesterday! I am adding them to my embroidered can koozies for an up coming bachelorette party! I didn’t think they would be so easy to use. I love adding a little or aLOTof bling to my embroidery. My next project will be on an embroidered top that I am making for my mom for mother’s day. Would love to add some bling to that!”
Light Kit: Linda Lynch
“I like to use bling on cosmetic bags I make and fill for women’s shelters.”
Winter Kit: Lila Smith
“I like the tee shirt, hadn’t thought about doing a design on an angle. Lorraine, you are missed! It was always a pleasure to talk with you. Hope your new location is wonderful.
Eileen, congratulations. I wish you happiness and only the best in the years to come. I look forward to receiving your magazine and can hardly wait for a new one to arrive.
I want to make some purses with bling on them.”
Sweet Kit: Judy Wentz
“I would put bling on the tiaras I embroidered with metallic thread for my friends to wear at quilt retreat. we all look so good in our pajamas and tiaras!”
Thank you everyone for participating! Congrats to our four lucky winners and thank you Design by Dawn! If you weren’t one of the four winners, stop by the Design by Dawn website to browse the colorful assortment of crystal goodies.
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