Monograms for Today’s Marriages

Often, the best ideas come in the MIDDLE of an embroidery project!  Don’t you hate that? I don’t mind that occurrence during a quilting or sewing project because changing direction midstream is often manageable on those types of projects.  Just release a seam or two and you’ve got a whole new look. But embroidery? That’s a different story. Once it’s stitched, it’s pretty time-consuming to remove it.

Last week, I was stitching twelve napkins in preparation for an upcoming videotaping.  I decided to make them for my home (that would be a first – I have plenty of blanks but barely any pretty embroidered linens in my house!).  But what to put on them? A monogram of course. Whose monogram?  Well, that’s where it got complicated.

Traditionally, a bride takes her husband’s surname. Today, tradition is often broken for a variety of reasons.  I’m guilty of breaking tradition. My sweet (of just 15 months) husband’s last name is Kutsopias.  At the time of our wedding, my last name was Roche – the surname of my first husband and my children.

I opted to keep my surname as is. It was a decision that I didn’t make quickly. After all, I’m a fairly traditional person (or we wouldn’t have married in the first place!) but I felt it was the right decision for me. So what to do about a monogram?  I shelved the decision yet again and started the project with gorgeous embroidery designs from Great Notions, Home Décor Scroll Embroidery Pack (112439).

I had to get these napkins done so I stitched six with Pete’s initial, K.

And then as I was trimming and removing stabilizer, I thought about setting the table with these napkins, all with the letter K. Hmm. I could just see my kids’ faces when they picked up the napkin at their place setting.  I know, I’m ridiculous, for heaven’s sake, they’re adults! But…I went back to my software and experimented with a few options.  But there’s too many letters to incorporate and many solutions imply that he’s taking my surname as a middle name. Ugh. So I threw tradition to the wind and mirror- imaged my initial. I know it’s not completely original but I think it might work for us.

I tweaked the designs in editing software by omitting some segments. Next, I copied the R into the K file and mirrored the R.  It was a quick way around digitizing a custom monogram.

It’s a fresh approach and endearing because the letters – R and K are fairly symmetrical.  I’m not planning on adding first initials, I think the two linked letters will suffice. It’s modern and elegant and now I have a monogram that’s a true reflection of our new lifestyle, standing as one. What do you think?  I’m open to suggestions since I anticipate this to be an ongoing journey – just like a marriage!

I also experimented with color combinations for this set. Bold, I know!  Since so much of my embroidery has to be seen on camera, I go for high contrast. Once I’m really thrilled with the set monogram, I’ll use softer colors to stitch a set of linen napkins but these will suffice for now.

Here’s your assignment this week:

The designers at the Sulky Embroidery Club want you to win a FREE Gold Membership. Just leave a comment below about why you’d like a membership in the Sulky Embroidery Club. To find out more about the Club and this $150 retail value, just click the ad. If you win, we’ll create an account for you, already loaded with 500 points, so you can begin shopping immediately. There are hundreds of extraordinarily high-quality designs and projects to choose from, including fill, appliqué, outline, and 3-dimensional. New designs are added each month, so good luck!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

In the spirit of makeovers – one reader comment will be chosen to receive Designer Necklines One Step T-Shirt Makeovers. Just leave us a comment below about why you want to win, it’s that easy!

And the winner is… Frances L. – “Nancy an Eileen inspire and motivate one to try interesting new projects which broaden and deepen one’s skills and interest.
I’d like to win the Designer Necklines Tee Makeovers to expand my array of donations to non-profit fund-raising efforts. I’m always on the lookout for quick, easy, appealing, and practical projects to donate.”

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135 Comments on Monograms for Today’s Marriages

  1. Ashley R
    July 17, 2013 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the Sulky membership so I can experiment more with color and designs. I love to try and create pieces you wouldn’t think of. Such as embroidering on wood and mixing my embroidery with the books I bind by hand.

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  2. Cassandra Hammond
    July 17, 2013 at 9:19 am (6 years ago)

    Would love to win a gold membership. The membership will enhance new skills for me.

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  3. Sharon S
    July 17, 2013 at 9:21 am (6 years ago)

    Although I am pretty good at seeing something and duplicating it, I struggle with original ideas, so I am always trying to improve in that aspect. Winning the Sulky membership would help me work with colors and come up with my own ideas.

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  4. Chris
    July 17, 2013 at 9:25 am (6 years ago)

    A Sulky club membership would be great to grow and learn with new techniques. I would love being able to pick the designs or projects that I want, while still having the confidence that they are high quality.

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  5. Cecilia
    July 17, 2013 at 9:30 am (6 years ago)

    This would be great to have a variety of designs to work with. I’m fairly new to machine embroidery and don’t ave many designs. Thank you.

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  6. Marilyn Weiss
    July 17, 2013 at 9:32 am (6 years ago)

    Because it would be just plain fun to win. And who can’t use a little more fun in their lives?

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  7. Angela Brady
    July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am (6 years ago)

    What a terrific opportunity to try lots of great new things. I feel limited by not enough of my own thread colors to make dssigns really pop. I sew enjoy this Blog and appreciate your work. I would love to win a Sulky Membership. Unlimited Possibilities.
    Thanks

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  8. Janet Sumrall
    July 17, 2013 at 9:54 am (6 years ago)

    I am fairly new to the wonderful world of machine embroidery and would love to win the Sulky Club membership, lso I could learn from the best about embroidery and using the fabulous Sulky stabilizers.

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  9. Lisa Knight
    July 17, 2013 at 9:58 am (6 years ago)

    I love the idea and gives even more options as there are so many marriage combinations not to mention those that share there lives together but are not married for whatever reason.

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  10. Vickie R
    July 17, 2013 at 10:01 am (6 years ago)

    I would like to win the Sulky Embroidery Club because I am new to the Embroidery world. As of right now I have a few patterns to embroidery and and only 10 spools of Sulky thread. Talking to a few friends that embroidery and use other threads, I have decided to only use Sulky so am trying to buy what I can on a limited budget. So it would be nice to be able to add to my stash.

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  11. Beverly Pugh
    July 17, 2013 at 10:22 am (6 years ago)

    I have only had my machine for a few months and would lobe to win this membership so I can learn the correct and best way from the leaders in machine embroidery.

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  12. Kimeran
    July 17, 2013 at 10:24 am (6 years ago)

    Always looking to learn about new techniques or things to do with my embroidery/ sewing machine. Love Sulky products. Threads and stabilizers were the first I ever used. Would love the gold membership.

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  13. Judy Wentz
    July 17, 2013 at 10:25 am (6 years ago)

    It’s always nice to have a way of getting more designs. I would love to win.

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  14. Sue
    July 17, 2013 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win this for soooo many reasons – – – – #1 I LOVE Sulky Threads. #2I love to experiment and improve my skills and get creative. #3 I am retired and free things are great!! #4 I love to machine embroider #5 too many other reasons to list!!

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  15. Leslie
    July 17, 2013 at 10:38 am (6 years ago)

    I always love learning new ideas and designs I can use on my embroidery machine.

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  16. Ronda Halvorsen-Ferns
    July 17, 2013 at 10:40 am (6 years ago)

    First I am in the same position with the monogramming dilemma and I am going to give it a try with H and F…..
    Second I LOVE SULKY, 1. There products are of the utmost quality 2. I love how it is a family organization, the Drexlers are awesome I have learned tons from Joyce and her books and Eric is the Rembrandt of thread painting!!!! So pick me I have my BabyLock Ellisimo “Nancy” and I was able to take part of the twisted sister class in Bend and am ready to go!!! Thanks Eileen!

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  17. Martha
    July 17, 2013 at 11:09 am (6 years ago)

    How fun!! A special club for embroiders. I checked it out and there are dozens of fun projects to make. I love love the monograms that you have designed for the towels. Very sophisticated and modern.

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  18. Donna
    July 17, 2013 at 11:37 am (6 years ago)

    Sulky has great thread, so their designs must be awesome too.

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  19. Nancy H
    July 17, 2013 at 11:40 am (6 years ago)

    I am a visual learner – I must see something first, then I figure out how to make it ( or make it easier, better, prettier, faster, etc) Sulky has such beautiful colors, it is hard to make these prettier, but all the others could be possible

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  20. Nancy D.
    July 17, 2013 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

    It looks like a great club — so many products and great embroidery designs. I am always up for new ideas. Would love to win. am going ahead and signing up for the free part now it looks so good.

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  21. Ronda
    July 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win because I love Sulky products and can always trust them for superior results!

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  22. Judy Starasinic
    July 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I bought my embroidery machine just two years ago. I am in a club but I had no idea of all the possibilities I just saw on the Sulky website. I NEED to learn about all of these other fun projects and products! Embroidery and quilting are how I find peace and sanity these busy days!

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  23. Vickie
    July 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Winning would be great to help me get new ideas because I’m not very good at thinking of what to do on my own. It would also help me learn how to work with colors, etc.

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  24. Susan J
    July 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love a Sulky Gold membership! It sounds like a wonderful way to improve my embroidery skills and what a great way to inspire me to try more embroidery projects! One of these days you will finally pick my name and I would love it to be this week!

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  25. Tammy P
    July 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I am fairly new to the embroidery world and would love to learn more about it and have access to so many great products.

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  26. Sharon Brockhouse
    July 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm (6 years ago)

    How fun! Learning something new is always fun.

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  27. Kristin Rohde
    July 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I am just learning how to do machine embroidery (I purchased a machine this spring!) and am ready to learn and do more!

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  28. Tanja
    July 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm (6 years ago)

    My DH just surprised me with my dream machine. The baby lock Ellisimo Gold.
    I would love the membership so I could learn everything about embroidery.

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  29. Cathy Van Daalwyk
    July 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love this after all what is not fun about winning! And trying new things and learning new tips is exciting!

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  30. Julie
    July 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Who wouldn’t want free stuff! Especially my favorite Sulky

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  31. Dina Salsbery
    July 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d love to win this because I’m new to embroidery and looking to expand my stash of thread, designs & techniques. Attending your Stitching Sisters event in Kennewick, WA this summer helped. I just need to apply those techniques & practice more.

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  32. Deb Bremer
    July 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I would locve to win a mebership with Sulky becuase they have such great dseigns and I llove thier thread. It would come in handy with the holiday season coming up and my ever growing list of projects I want to do.

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  33. Deb Bremer
    July 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Maybe it would help me learn to spell too LOL!

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  34. kathy
    July 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win a membership. I am always looking for new ideas to improve my creativity. My Bernina loves sulky thread too!

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  35. Marianne Solheim
    July 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the Sulky membership! I am in a “creative” slump and need new ideas and a different approach!

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  36. Lynn Stovall
    July 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Contests are great! Furthermore, I just need help! My embroidery machine is just starring at me and daring me to come up with something. My six grandchildren come up with more ideas than I do. Getting it done is the hard part for me. I have been collecting thread and stabilizers to use, so maybe????? I will be fortunate enough to win the membership. Thanks.

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  37. Frances Powell
    July 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the Sulky membership!!! I use your stabilizers and thread. I did not realize that you had other products. It would be great to learn the other things that you have to offer that would allow me to be even more creative.

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  38. Jennifer P
    July 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Sulky designs are so professionally digitized and run the gamut from whimsical to sophisticated. I’d love to have the membership to make some great Christmas presents for relatives that also run the gamut from whimsical to sophisticated. It would be a match made in heaven!

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  39. Gail Beam
    July 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Who wouldn’t love to win a Sulky membership! They have such neat designs and ideas to play with!

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  40. TJennene
    July 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I simply love the way Sulky threads work in my embroidery machine & the designs are a plus. I love your accessories that make embrodiery go so smoothly. Would love to win so that I can play with different designs & various fabrics from my stash to give as gifts to my firefighters; they would love to get these gifts of embroidered towels, aprons, all around neat things with the membership I could win.

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  41. Beth R
    July 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love a membership to stretch my skills and expand my practice in more techniques!

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  42. patei
    July 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Eileen ~ I think your solutions was brilliant.

    winning the sulky club membership would be wonderful,
    my children got my embroidery machine for Christmas and
    I have been busy trying out all the machine loaded
    patterns using reg thread. I have sulky stabilizers but I
    live over 100 mi from any city with fabric stores, I have
    limited access to any supplies, so winning would be like Christmas
    again.thank you for the offer and chance to win.

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  43. Marcia
    July 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm (6 years ago)

    The people at Sulky have so much fun creating designs and I would love to have a membership and have some fun too.

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  44. Mmmari
    July 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I am a (very) newbie embroiderer and your blog is inspiring!! Oh, the creativity that’s here!!! I’d love to win the Sulky Club Membership to help me explore this fascinating area of needle arts.

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  45. Denise Latour
    July 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the Sulky Gold Membership. Since I am a school counselor, I find very little time during the school year to enjoy my hobbies. This membership would motivate me to take time for myself doing something I enjoy. A habit I preach to students, parents, and teachers but don’t practice. The old adage — do as I say not as I do. Help me model what I advocate!

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  46. Liz Fergus
    July 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I have spoken with two ladies who are members of this club and they can’t say enough about how wonderful it is. Sulky does such wonderful things from providing marvelous products to excellent teaching. I have all my fingers crossed. Thank you!

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  47. Gloria
    July 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh Lord! The challenges I would conquer! I would have all I need to move forward and complete fabulous projects.

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  48. Carol K E
    July 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I like using Sulky products and have enjoyed classes offered at the dealership where I have purchased my machines. As a new retiree, I now have time to play and would like to learn to break the rules.

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  49. Joan S
    July 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I am so glad you shared your napkin monogram idea! The not-so-traditional family is now the traditional. I love giving monogram items as gifts and I struggle with what initials to apply. This is perfect, it reflects and celebrates the past and the present, which I think is very important for today’s blended families!
    Now, about the Sulky Gold Membership: what’s not to love about Sulky? Embroidering without Sulky is like, changing a baby without using Wet Wipes, ewww! My projects turn out so much prettier and cleaner using Sulky products! Cannot live without it!!

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  50. Stella Penalver
    July 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow!!! A Gold Membership to Sulky Club is what we all want but there will only be one winner. I would love to win the Gold Membership in Sulky Club because it would allow me to experience all the embroidery designs in the club. Embroidering for my grandchildren is my biggest pleasure. Thank you Sulky

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  51. Mary
    July 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great opportunity to advance ones embroidery skills from the very skillful Sulky team and DME. Thank you.

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  52. Laurie
    July 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I LOVE to embroider, and I would really LOVE to win a Gold Membership in the Sulky Club. I just took Embroidery Zen last month, and I was so impressed with the quality of the digitizing of the sample club designs that I saw stitched out. The Spoolie designs are adorable, and I have some sewing room projects in mind to make with the Spoolies. Thanks for a great blog and all of your creative ideas–the combined monogram was genius!

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  53. Kristine
    July 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Would love a membership to this wonderful site. The embroidery designers are so talented. There are so many designs and projects to choose from. Am always looking for something new and innovative for two special grand nieces. I love to add embroidery to my quilts, gift packages (made from fabric), including tags, decorating purses and jackets. So many ideas from this site. Have used Sulky products for years due to their quality. This membership would be a DREAM!!

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  54. Debi Bielawski
    July 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm (6 years ago)

    You ask why I want a membership in the Sulky Embroidery Club…there are too many reasons to list them all…including but not limited too:
    1, I need all the help I can get.
    2. I am on a very tight budget…so to afford to do this own my own is
    not possible.
    3. I have new machine ( almost 1 yr.) and I have used nothing but Sulky
    Products.
    4. Finally. But not at all the last reason is I simply want too win this really bad.

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  55. Jean
    July 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win a membership to the Sulky Club, as they offer so many wonderful ideas. I try to use my embroidery machine several times each week and love trying new ideas.

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  56. Carol Lewis
    July 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win a membership to the Sulky Club, it would help me with my donations of quilts to the Battered Women’s Home here in town. We help a lot of women from all over the United States and I try to have a quilt for each of them and their children so the will have something to call their own. Everybody needs something of theirs.

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  57. Kath H
    July 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Being a Gold Member would be an expressive way to show my style in many projects.

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  58. Kristi D.
    July 18, 2013 at 12:03 am (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful giveaway!!!! I would love to win a Gold Membership as it would enhance my knowledge about embroidery. So much to learn so little time.

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  59. Joanie Z
    July 18, 2013 at 1:23 am (6 years ago)

    I would LOVE to win the Gold membership in the Sulky Embroidery Club. I need to expand beyond the basics and this would be the ultimate way to learn. I love Sulky products, especially their threads and stabilizers. Thank you for your continued support and fantastic ideas for embroiderers, you are such a wonderful inspiration. Congrats on your marriage.

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  60. Judy G
    July 18, 2013 at 1:29 am (6 years ago)

    Winning would be like Christmas in July!

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  61. Kathy
    July 18, 2013 at 1:46 am (6 years ago)

    I’d love to win Sulky Embroidery Club to improve my skills; to learn more techniques and get great ideas for my embroidery projects.

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  62. kathy l
    July 18, 2013 at 5:41 am (6 years ago)

    I am a retired Grandma that has just now found the wonderful art of machine embroidery. B ought a used machine off craigslist, what fun I am having wit it. Loving all the wonderful ideas for gifts that I can make for my grandchildren, family members and friends. I would love to expand my level of knowledge and I believe being part of the Embroidery club would give me that opportunity.

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  63. Linda W
    July 18, 2013 at 5:50 am (6 years ago)

    I’m a member of the Sulky Embroidery Club–have their free “A La Carte” membership. I’d LOVE to have the Gold Membership–so much more fun! Their Spoolie design is great–outfitted for sewing and holidays!

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  64. Dianne DePascale
    July 18, 2013 at 6:03 am (6 years ago)

    Love reading your Blogs Eileen. So informative and I learn about so many new products, websites I didn’t know existed. Who knew there was a Sulky Embroidery Club? Guess I have a lot of catching up to do. Your Monogram idea is perfection. As a retired Bridal seamstress, I am with you, new traditions are needed and I do hope I win the Sulky Embroidery Club so I can now perfect my new embroidery hobby. Such an exciting venture as I enter into retirement. Thank you.

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  65. Cathy Thomas
    July 18, 2013 at 6:08 am (6 years ago)

    I teach machine embroidery to a group of ladies every month and have been doing it for almost 3 years. It becomes difficult to come up with a different project every month, so I would love to have an avenue to learn more embroidery techniques and also about utilizing different types of threads so that I could pass it along to others in my class.

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  66. Carole Baker
    July 18, 2013 at 6:13 am (6 years ago)

    I am all about EMBROIDERY and would love to win the Sulky membership. I’m always looking for new designs!

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  67. Laurene Shewan
    July 18, 2013 at 6:36 am (6 years ago)

    SULKY – S for excellent STABILIZERS and threads – ones I can always count on; U is for their UNIQUE designs; L is for being LUCKY enough to have these products at our fingertips; K is for their KINDNESS and generosity offering this membership; and Y is because YOU can do it all with SULKY. I’d love to see the ZEN seminar near us!

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  68. Valerie Brown
    July 18, 2013 at 6:39 am (6 years ago)

    I’d love to win the Sulky Embroidery Club Gold membership. I’ve had my embroidery machine since February and am learning so much. Having great designs to stitch would really improve my skills. Thanks for this opportunity!!

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  69. Jana Spencer
    July 18, 2013 at 6:49 am (6 years ago)

    My stabilizer box is full of unmarked rolls of stabilizers from four different manufacturers. I would love to become educated about stabilizers, in particular, and become loyal to one brand so that I can remove the guesswork and do what I love to do — embroider gifts for friends and family!

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  70. Yolanda Bravery
    July 18, 2013 at 6:57 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the Sulky Embroidery Club membership. All the embroidery I have done are just motifs and would love to gain the confidence to experiment more and think more imaginatively.

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  71. Darlene Gerber
    July 18, 2013 at 7:20 am (6 years ago)

    The idea of combining your last name initials was inspired! It also gave me a great idea for a wedding gift!! I’m new to embroidery, but I could probably do monogramed napkins! What stablizer did you use?

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  72. Kim Fisher
    July 18, 2013 at 7:57 am (6 years ago)

    The membership would be a great way to try our new designs and techniques.

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  73. Barbara Jones
    July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am (6 years ago)

    I would love the membership for the Spoolies alone! They’re worth the membership on their own.

    PS I love the monogram idea — my son and his girlfriend have the same first initial, and that’s what I’m doing for now, but they need something a little more “grownup.” Thanks for the inspiration!

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  74. Patty Sack
    July 18, 2013 at 8:02 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win this as I am a Sulky Certified Teacher! I love their designs and products! Besides, who wouldn’t want to win!

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  75. Lorel Maple
    July 18, 2013 at 8:16 am (6 years ago)

    Sulky does more than thread and stabilizers? Really? I can’t wait to check it out! I’ll be retired in 5 months and would LOVE to join a new club! Eileen – kudos on the creative monogram! My girlfriends husband refuses to use cloth napkins (too fancy)so I “monogrammed” a special napkin just for him. “PN” stands for paper napkin! I’m all about fun!

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  76. Linda Seemann-Korte
    July 18, 2013 at 8:21 am (6 years ago)

    Hi! Eileen,
    I love your solution to the modern marriage dilemma!
    I am in the same position and look forward to playing around with the initials of our last name to see what I can come up with! Thanks a bunch!

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  77. Linda Seemann-Korte
    July 18, 2013 at 8:24 am (6 years ago)

    Winning an embroidery club membership would be absolutely awesome! I would have even more ideas and projects to share with the children in my sewing classes! Imagine how much they would enjoy it!

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  78. Beth
    July 18, 2013 at 8:55 am (6 years ago)

    I would enjoy the Zen class projects. The tractor project and the Paris luggage tag caught my attention. I have a great-niece who needs a tractor to play with. My daughter wants to re-decorate her room in a Paris theme. I love Sulky products and would enjoy more information about them.

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  79. Evelyn McGavin
    July 18, 2013 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

    I love Sulky thread and it is always the first brand I grab when I start looking for colors to use with my embroidery projects. It is vibrant, strong, and always stitches beautifully. I would love to win the club membership so that I can expand my collection of Sulky products.

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  80. Janis Ruscio
    July 18, 2013 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win a Sulky Club prize. I would love to learn more about embellishments and machine embroidery and all about sewing and fabrics and threads. My favorite hobby of all!!!!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a prize!!!

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  81. carol keeler
    July 18, 2013 at 9:31 am (6 years ago)

    I always love to try new things in sewing and embroidering. I am sure this membership would open new doors into my growing circle of experiences. I also sew weekly with a group who makes quilts to donate to many hospitals for the children this could expand the ideas for us in this ministery. As I do many, many gifts for friends and family this would be great. Maybe I will also take time to do something for myself!

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  82. Kathy Kaminski
    July 18, 2013 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    Sulky has always been on of the leaders in new and exciting embroidery ideas. Ideas for fun, family and home are not the everyday run of the mill technique. I would love a membership to the Sulky Emb. Club. OOOHH! The excitement is mounting.

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  83. Michelle H
    July 18, 2013 at 10:39 am (6 years ago)

    i would love to win a membership in the Sulky embroidery club because Sulky has such great products and beautiful designs. And everyone needs more designs along with more time and more fabric! LOL

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  84. Betsey McGucken
    July 18, 2013 at 10:43 am (6 years ago)

    I need new, original ideas and designs like the gorgeous double monogram design featured this week. I’m always trying to learn the next ne thing in machine embroidery to improve my skills and stay current in design.

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  85. Fran Wiest
    July 18, 2013 at 11:58 am (6 years ago)

    As a newbie at ME I would love to expand my designs and I need to learn and practise. Love your blog!

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  86. Katie Harper
    July 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I am a diehard Sulky fan and would love a membership. Right now I am working on crosshatching embroideried blocks for my ASG group using Sully’s Polylite #5010 variegated thread. I am totally enamored by the color combination in this thread. Everyone should try it for their quilts.

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  87. Vicki B.
    July 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I only have a few projects under my belt so far. I’m looking to make Christmas gifts now and would love this membership!

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  88. CINDY
    July 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm (6 years ago)

    And just who would not want this membership? Well, I certainly would like to win this so I can use all my wonderful Sulky thread as I stitch out these designs.

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  89. Jean B
    July 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm (6 years ago)

    What an absolute dream to have new designs and more creative ways to show off my embroidery. I have been a great fan of Sulky products for many years. I embroidery 4 days out of the week and could use more creative designs to help keep me going. I started embroidery when my mother was very ill and this gave me an opportunity to have an hour or so here and there to take me away from caring for her 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I have not stopped since. I really love creating beautiful one of a kind items for friends and gifts.

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  90. Janet
    July 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I just finished the Embroidery Zen 2 day class and it was FANTASTIC! I would to keep the Sulky ‘state’ rolling!!

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  91. Elaine
    July 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the Sulky Membership because I am a “diehard” Sulky fan. I use only Sulky threads, Sulky stabilizers and depend on information from Sulky to inspire me and to teach me the many new techniques! I could not sew/embroider without Sulky!

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  92. Enis
    July 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Beautiful designs and great projects at discounted prices! Count me in! I would love a Sulky Gold Membership to keep me inspired.

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  93. Mary Hollands
    July 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Sulky works so well in both my Janome 9000 and my Janome Horizon 12000 and I would love to experiment even more with Sulky threads that I haven’t tried yet and find out uses for them that I guess I haven’t even dreamed of by those who really know their stuff.

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  94. Berenice
    July 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Clever girl, combining your initials like that… I like how it looks.

    Sulky Gold! I can only say, have you seen all the “stuff”!??

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  95. Bridget Cheatham
    July 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love the Sulky Gold Membership! I’ve kind of been in a creative slump lately…some new designs and projects would surely get me back to my embroidery machine!

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  96. Mary Sue
    July 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm (6 years ago)

    New designs and new thread choices what could be better to add to my embroidery “library”….

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  97. Vicky Isliefson
    July 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I would like to win the Sulky membership so I can try a variety of design types and to have some designs on hand when I need to make a gift.

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  98. Yolanda
    July 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm (6 years ago)

    I would be wonderful to win the Sulky membership! I am new to embroidery and I am learning every day. Plus I love Sulky variegated thread, it’s sooooo pretty!

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  99. Sandra Sanders
    July 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Winning the Sulky membership would be like winning the lottery!

    The quilt shop where I purchased my embroidery machine used to have monthly “classes” where we would work on a project and learn a new technique at the same time.

    The woman who led the classes no longer works there, and there are no more embroidery classes. I miss them.

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  100. Sarah McKinney
    July 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm (6 years ago)

    It would be wonderful. I am just getting back to embroidery after dealing with my youngest daughters illness and recovery for the past four years. I need some new inspiration.

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  101. Judi H
    July 18, 2013 at 11:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Would love to win this membership because I love sulky thread and can always use new ideas and inspiration for my embroidery projects.

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  102. Vicki L in MN
    July 19, 2013 at 7:18 am (6 years ago)

    I enjoy learning new (to me) ways to use my wonderful embroidery machine. The Sulky Embroidery Club would help me continue to grow as an embroiderer. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  103. Nancy Z
    July 19, 2013 at 11:44 am (6 years ago)

    Wow! What a great opportunity! I was not aware of the Sulky Embroidery Club. Even if I don’t win, I want to join. I only use Sulky thread for my embroidery projects.

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  104. Diane S.
    July 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I would like to win as I am very interested in increasing my use of machine embroidery. I don’t consider myself “artistic” so using beautiful products along with Eileen’s expertise is “a must” for me.

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  105. Desiree
    July 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Pick me! I would love to win the Sulky membership because new designs are fun, fun, fun!

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  106. Audre Gaer
    July 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm (6 years ago)

    Please pick me. I would love the Sulky Embroidery Club membership. They have some really cute designs of shoes and that would make great refrigerator magnets for my daughter. There are also some applique leaves that would look great in Fall colors on a table cloth for Thanksgiving. Just sayin!!

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  107. Barb Miller
    July 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I went over to sulky embroidery club and took a look at their designs. Really cute. It is a points system and looks like a lot of fun.

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  108. Shelly
    July 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I checked out the site and was excited to see the projects and designs that are there! I would love to win and be a part of all the things offered there. I love to learn from the experienced people and find so much joy and purpose in creating things for my family and friends. My embroidery work is my best friend now at this time in my life and I love to share it with all I know.

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  109. debe
    July 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Ohhh, that would be a very nice prize! I like the spoolies they have digitized, just can’t justify the cost right now. I get their newsletter & dream.

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  110. Norma Jean McDarmont
    July 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love a membership with Sulky. I live on a limited income and embroidery is something I can do for others. I had to cancel most of my on-line memberships due to limited income.
    Thank you,
    Norma Jean

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  111. Gwynn McKenzie
    July 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you for introducing the Sulky website to me. My imagination is running rampant. The creations I could make to sell at our annual church Christmas Bazaar to support our missions. The felt food for my grandchildren. The Violet for my desk at work – no windows, so no plants will grow! I would love to make some flower headbands for the little girls and big girls at church. Thanks for making this an assignment and giving us the chance to win a membership.

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  112. beth daniels
    July 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the gold membership to sulky embroidery club. I have seen some of their designs when I visited the site and the designs are all what I would embroider o garments, quilts and other accessories. I love to embroider designs that are made by Sulky and Joyce Drexler. She does wonderful digitizing of designs which I would be proud to wear and use every day.

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  113. (Laurine) Joan Elton
    July 20, 2013 at 8:52 am (6 years ago)

    Oh WOW! Who wouldn’t want to be a member of THAT club?!? I am in awe of the exciting projects and designs offered. Thanks for the chance to WIN this coveted prize.

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  114. Pam Rohlfs
    July 20, 2013 at 9:21 am (6 years ago)

    My creativity needs to be stretched. What a way to begin.

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  115. anna heh
    July 20, 2013 at 9:26 am (6 years ago)

    I am new to machine embroidery. Would love to learn more and make some of the beautiful embroidery I see on this site, Nancy Zieman and my babylock dealer. This membership I am sure would expand my knowledge. the added bonus would be very pretty things for family and friends especially my first grand daughter. Good luck to all. thank you Sulky for this membership offer.

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  116. Donna G.
    July 21, 2013 at 7:24 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve embroidered with Sulky thread for years and would love to be a member of their Embroidery Club. I bet their designs are as awesome as their other products!

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  117. Rhonda Rose
    July 21, 2013 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to win the membership as I am new to machine embroidery. I love the feeling I get when I finish a project now, but with the help of this membership I would be unstoppable.

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  118. Joan D
    July 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Who would not want to win a membership to this club? Sulky thread is wonderful and their designs are too. Thanks for the opportunity.,

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  119. Becky M.
    July 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm (6 years ago)

    Regarding the marriage monograms – I like to put the last initial as a solid one initial in the middle then put each of the couple’s first names in a circle that surrounds the initial. Looks nice.
    I would L – O – V – E to win a Sulky membership. I love their threads, especially to do free standing lace – just to mention one of many ideas. What a great combo Sulky and machine embroidery – you can’t have one without the other! What a great birthday gift this would be as my birthday is on the 26th. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Keep up the interesting reading and good work. Thanks for good info.

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  120. Pamela Wynfield
    July 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never won anything from these opportunities, but there’s always hope! As a new embroiderer, I seek out ways to learn and grow my skills. Online and in person classes are both great, with advantages for each. Sulky seems to have figured out the best of both worlds.

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  121. sandy naval
    July 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I just got my embroidery machine last week. I call it my pet embroidery machine because I got this instead of a dog. But this pet is hungry and needed a pc (I work on a mac), then a mouse, and of course lots of threads, sulky brand, stabilizers, etc. etc. and I need to learn how to be comfortable with all the technical and embroidery designs I can do, so this membership would certainly be ideal for me.
    thanks.

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  122. Cheryl Lindemann
    July 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, what can I say that has not already been said about Sulky. I am a perfectionist. When I embroider, I must have the best quality of supplies that I can find to embroider with. I have always used Sulky Thread and Stabilizers in my work and I would love to learn more about their products. That is why a Gold Membership would be advantageous to my learning skills. I do so hope I am selected. Thank You for your consideration.

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  123. Carolyn
    July 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm (6 years ago)

    I am always looking for new ways to expand my embroidery designs information. I would love to win this Sulky Club membership!!

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  124. Tamra Botkin
    July 28, 2013 at 2:03 am (6 years ago)

    Monogramming is such a special way to show family unity. I believe in showing family love in such ways as monogramming. When I see a table cloths, napkins, t-shirts. hand bags… with monogramming I smile. The “hug” you gave your new husband and children will be talked about for a very long tome. I would very much appreciate winning the Sulky Club prize and continue in hugging my family too.

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  125. lawana whaley
    August 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm (6 years ago)

    wow…who could not love this prize… I am always on the hunt for new designs to challenge myself with..thanks

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  126. Linda Cignarale
    August 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I am brand new to machine embroidery. I just purchased my machine last weekend on 7/27/13. I just beginning to explore this whole new world of creativity. I am so excited about all the possibilities to make my projects unique.

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  127. Nancy Thornton
    August 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I am new to embroidery, I visit your website and blog as often as I can to read tips and tricks on techniques.
    You inspire me
    Thank you

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  128. Evelyn J. Gonzalez
    August 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d like a membership so I could finally learn how to embroider from the experts!

    Thanks!

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  129. Carol Coleman
    August 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (6 years ago)

    I did enjoy your story and glad to learn new ideas.

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  130. Daretta Senn
    October 3, 2013 at 12:08 am (6 years ago)

    I am new to embroidery by 2 years and still learning. I belong to a few groups and try to read and learn as much as possible. My daughter is getting married next fall and we are starting to put ideas together. Would love to have wedding designs to make for her wedding to cherish and remember when I am gone one of these days.

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  131. Karen W
    October 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I missed this particular blog because we were on vacation, but am so glad I clicked thru. I enjoyed it very much & helps resolve an issue that’s come up more than once w/ monogrammed gifts. Like you, I have loads of blanks but no monogrammed/ embroidered napkins!! All my friends have them!! :>) I think these would also look nice with only corners (choose 2 or 4) instead of a full rectangle to box them in. Softer colors will be so elegant & slightly intertwined letters would also be really attractive. Intertwining scrollwork font or fairly intricate letters might also eliminate the need for the background scroll, which would work better w/ simple fonts. LOTS of ways to play with this! Thanks so much, Eileen!

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  132. Sandi Cunningham
    January 1, 2014 at 10:46 am (6 years ago)

    I would like a membership in the Sulky Embroidery Club because Sulky is my favorite brand of embroidery thread. I’d like to learn all I can do and how color and wgt. of thread changes designs especially!

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  133. Jean M
    January 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win a Gold Membership to Sulky!!! I use my embroidery machine almost daily. Am not really good at being original with ideas, but do work at that weekly. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  134. Ivy Smart
    June 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm (5 years ago)

    A Sulky Embroidery Club membership would be the ultimate in design know how. The monogram idea using the mirror image is a bonus win win situation and I love it. I am new to emboidery and need all the help I can get. Thanks for the great contest.

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