As I write this blog I am preparing for our Stitching Sister cruise that will embark next Sunday from Florida. We have prepared a challenging yet fun list of projects for our 70 students to create while at sea. I have shipped all of my kits except for the name tags and few odd and ends…you know how sewing supplies goes.
Many of you know Eileen and I have taught hands-on events for the past five years across the country. However, this year we decided to take a break from the travel schedule and focus on our other embroidery projects. Last year we were approached to teach an embroidery event on the Allure of the Seas ship and now the time has come and we are thrilled to be teaching and cruising .We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting our fellow embroiderers who have taken the time to come to our classes. The sewing industry has the friendliest, caring and genuine people you will ever meet. How lucky are we that we get to teach people new techniques for their hobby? Our students are incredibly smart and industrious and always willing to try something new. We are excited to be back on the road- I mean water, with our sewing friends next week.
For this special event I wanted to stitch unique name tags. We do not like the lanyard style name tag because you cannot view the name when the student is seated (which is the majority of our class). Yes, I embroidered all 70 with my Stipple! Sea Life collection and purchased canvas name tags that were too cheap to pass up.
The canvas name tags will be attached to the embroidered sea life appliqué badges when we arrive on the ship. The reason for this is we will have to separate our guests into 3 groups: sand dollar, sea turtle and star fish and we would like them to choose what group they will be in and with whom. All groups will embroider and sew the identical projects just on a rotating schedule throughout the cruise.
Simple Steps for Hooping the Purchased Name Tags
Step One: Hoop sticky tear away stabilizer in a 5×7 or larger hoop with the protective paper still attached. Make sure the stabilizer is tight like a drum.
Step Two: Score the protective paper with a pin in a cross pattern. Carefully remove the protective paper. This particular step eliminates having sticky residue left on your embroidery hoops.
Step Three: Position the canvas purchased tags in straight line as close to each other as possible on the sticky tear away. Set up the tags while the hoop is still on your flat work surface. You can easily make the tags yourself but I opted for the easy quick method because they were so cheap.
Next week I will share how quickly I embroidered the 70 sea life appliqué designs on my multi-needle machine.
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