Leaves! by Denise Holguin
If you’re a Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine reader, then you’ll enjoy this expanded coverage of the Subtle Tees project featured in Volume 104 May/June 2017.
Embroidery & Spray Paint
I used a Baby Lock Alliance and Snap Hoop Monster for the embroidery process. You can use a standard single needle or a multi-needle machine, applying the same techniques.
Everyone has their favorite techniques for finding and marking the center of a shirt. I like to fold the garment in half then I place Painter’s Tape along the fold line. I have found ironing a crease to mark the center ineffective. The crease isn’t as noticeable as bright blue tape!
Place the template on the shirt, aligning the top arrow with the edge of the Painter’s Tape.
Place a Target Sticker on the garment, underneath the center of the template.
I used a water soluble mesh stabilizer when hooping this tissue-weight garment.
Attach the hoop to the embroidery machine.
The Baby Lock Alliance has a handy laser you can use to align the design properly. Move the design on the embroidery machine screen until the laser aligns with the target sticker.
Peel back the Painter’s Tape and target sticker.
Stitch the design.
Place the garment on a cardboard t-shirt frame. Audition the stencil on the embroidered frame.
Mask the stencil and cover the surrounding t-shirt with wax paper to avoid overspray.
Spray the garment with brown spray paint. I added a spritz of silver spray paint for a subtle sparkle effect.
Remove the tape, stencil and wax paper to reveal the spray painted leaf.
The final step—I added a button to each corner of the embroidery design. The detail and dimension finish the look.
Come back on Saturday, May 20, 2017 for the lesson on how to create the leaf border. In the meantime, gather your supplies and get ready to make your own Subtle Tee!