Oh, dear readers! If you had been guests in my office last Thursday you’d have seen chaos, pandemonium and some really fun projects being put together using the new Stipple Baby collection. What you wouldn’t have seen was my desk. It disappeared during the ‘creative process.’
The Stipple Baby collection is a slight departure from our usual Stipple products. It includes the Stipple quilt block designs but it also includes the individual clothing designs so you can mix and match to create your own blocks. Plus we’ve included the digital files (SVG and FCM) to use with your favorite digital cutters!
You can make quilts and pillows. Embellish clothing or home décor. You can also make banners, birth announcements, birthday cards and more! Just remember, if you make the item for baby, make it safe! Save the tiny embellishments (beads, buttons, rhinestones, ribbons, etc) to embellish a gift for the parents rather than baby. The inspiration you see in this blog post is intended for adults.
I could ramble on about the collection but pictures are worth a thousand words. And to get us started… here’s a behind the scenes look my office. As I mentioned, the desk somehow disappeared.
But the results are worth it! Take a look!
Sample 1. For the “Ralph Lauren” Baby!
I wanted an understated, sophisticated look for this little art project.
I used twill for the dress and added brown linen for the collar and sash.
I starched the brown linen before using it. It made a big difference working with it and almost makes me want to wear linen again next Spring!
Once the dress outline was stitched, realized I wanted to experiment. While at the embroidery machine I selected the outline for the dress again. I advanced the stitches until I reached the base of the dress. Then I carefully placed the lace at the base of the dress and stitched the design. Admittedly, glue is also an option for securing the lace. No one would know the difference. Or you can take the design into editing software and program an extra stitch at the base. The wonderful thing about machine embroidery – there’s more than one way to achieve a goal.
The ribbon I selected was originally too wide. No problem! I trimmed the ribbon and made it work for my needs. Since this project is for a card, I wasn’t as concerned about raw edges.
Next time you ‘think’ something won’t work, try to look at it from a different perspective. Ask yourself, “how can I make this work and perhaps make something even better than anticipated?” That should be the goal every time you hit a roadblock in your creative process!
Once the dress was complete I cut it away from the stabilizer and trimmed excess fabric and ribbon. I hand sewed two wooden buttons to the dress. Then I layered burlap and scrapbook paper for texture and interest. I used hot glue to attach all the pieces.
After cutting the burlap background I used the leftover scraps to make a small bow for the dress. I also cut small hearts from the burlap and layered them on scrapbook paper. Scrapbook brads were used for additional texture.
Around this time I had a few pieces of chocolate to help continue the creative process…
Sample 2. For the Country Chic Baby!
Do you hoard fabric like I do? The floral scraps of fabric used on the collar and sash are at least 10 years old. It was time to dust it off and put it to good use.
Remember when working with print fabric that scale is important. The flowers were just the right size to use with the dress.
I added the same ribbon embellishment to the base of the dress.
At this point the dress looked boring to me. It needed a splash of burgundy to coordinate with the floral print fabric.
I wove some decorative fiber through the ribbon – it was THE perfect accent!
Next I wove the same decorative fiber through a button. Then I added the button to the sash (I cheated and glued the button.) Additional fun included using scrapbooking supplies to make a card for the dress. I love the results!
To celebrate the launch of Stipple Baby, we’re offering FREE shipping and handling on US orders! (For those of you in the US who ordered between September 18, 2014 – September 24, 2014 – have no fear. We’ll be giving you a refund on the shipping and handling fees for those who ordered standard shipping.) Visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website to take advantage of this limited time offer. Be sure to use the coupon code: baby