Gift #2 on my top 10 gifts to make for the 2019 Holiday season was a personalized throw. There’s such a wide selection of throws available at every price point and in many different fabrics. In Thursday’s Facebook Live session, Deborah Jones and I reviewed four different throws: a fleece buffalo plaid, a nubby and stretchy chenille, a poly/wool blend tweed and a faux suede with a Sherpa back. The trickiest one to embroider was definitely the stretchy chenille because of its thick yarns and open weave. But I am thrilled with the finished results. Let me walk you through the process so you can duplicate this at home.
Open a new file in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro. Select the Text tool and type in your monogram. Select the Fan_Scr font and click Apply in the Properties Box.
With the Text tool selected, click on the monogram and the kerning tools will appear. Drag the blue diamond between the letters to change the spacing.
Click on the Select tool, right click and select Utility, Nap Blocker from the dropdown menu.
Leave the default setting at 4.0 mm and click OK.
The Nap Blocker, or low density fill, will now be the first color of the embroidery design.
Its function is to hold down the fabric’s nap and create a delicate, yet solid base for the beautiful monogram. Without it, the monogram would slip between the chenille’s yarns. The end result would be less than professional!
Change the color of the Nap Blocker to match the fabric and select the color of your choice for the monogram.
Click on the Auto Baste tool to add a basting outline around the design. It will stitch in the first color. Send the design to the machine.
Hoop the throw with Piece & Stitch Tear Away Wash Away stabilizer. Place water soluble topper over the design area to allow the embroidery foot to glide over the surface. Without it, the foot would caught in the loops. (Hmm…wonder how i figured that out!) Stitch color 1, the basting outline. Stitch color 2, the Nap Blocker.
Finally, stitch the monogram.
Remove the throw from the hoop. Snip the basting stitches and remove. Tear the excess Piece & Stitch stabilizer from the wrong side of the throw. Tear the water soluble topper away from the monogram.
If you hate those pesky bits of water soluble stabilizer that are trapped in the small openings, then you’ll love Deborah Jones’ tip for getting rid of every last speck. Watch the Facebook Live session from Thursday, Dec. 5. You can watch here on YouTube or over on our Facebook page.
I love this throw and think it will definitely put a smile on someone’s face at Christmas!