Holiday Stitching

March Monogram of the Month

March 5, 2014
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March Monogram of the Month

Now that I live in Texas, St. Patrick’s Day passes by without much fanfare but that’s not the case in other parts of the country. In Chicago, they dye the river green!  In New York City, they host the USA’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and on Savannah, GA’s official St. Patrick’s Day parade...

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Stitching Lettering on Fur

December 20, 2013
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Stitching Lettering on Fur

I know thousands of embroidery machines will be humming right up until December 24th. So here’s how to handle tricky faux fur – a favorite last minute gift item. Scroll lettering has a tendency to disappear when stitched on faux fur.  Here’s how I tackle that problem. I used Floriani Total Control Pro to...

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Thoughtful & Quick-to-Stitch Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

December 13, 2013
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Long before the holidays spring up I have great plans for stitching gifts for family and friends. But inevitably, the hustle and bustle of preparing a Thanksgiving meal, decorating the home and fighting the crowds everywhere I go and staying within budget leaves me overwhelmed. That’s why I think finding balance and coming up...

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Keep It Simple Snowman

December 11, 2013
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My Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, is so busy right now. Every time we talk (and that’s every morning), she’s got all three of her machines cranking out holiday orders.  Marie is a commercial embroiderer based in Canton, OH and one very pleasant person. She never grumbles even in the midst of holiday stitching chaos....

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Holiday Linen Update 2

November 27, 2013
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It sounds like the blog favorite font of last week’s picks is font C. I agree it’s a beautiful font – very fluid, traditional and yet, warm and inviting. Let me show what I’ve done with it. The font, Cursive is a built-in font in Floriani Total Control Pro digitizing software. If you don’t...

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Holiday Linen Update

November 20, 2013
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I’m working on some new holiday kitchen towels. After all these years of using the same holiday linens, I think it’s time for an update. Here’s a look at some of the lettering I’ve been working on in software. This week, I plan to gather my materials, test the designs and then finish by...

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You’ll still have time to decorate your holiday table

November 21, 2012
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Eileen Roche Tutorial on Stipple Jingle Bells

  Here’s a tutorial on a fast easy centerpiece.  You can stitch this in about two hours, and then just slip your potted plant, floral bouquet or a glass vase of sparkly Christmas ornaments inside the tube. It’s a fast and easy way to dress up your table.   You’ll Need: Stipple! Jingle Bells...

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A Machine Embroiderer’s Poem

December 29, 2011
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As I make the final stitches on projects for 2011 and excitedly plan next year’s lineup of editorial themes I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers! Without your loyalty and active participation on this blog, on Facebook and through the print magazine, Designs wouldn’t be the company...

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More than 12 days of Christmas Savings!

December 7, 2011
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I’ve been scouring the pages of Designs for you looking for deals. I found tons of savings in this issue. So many advertisers generously offer discounts and rebates at this time of year. So take advantage of these special savings.   Let’s start with www.EmbroiderThis.com Just type in coupon code DZ71 when you checkout...

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Advent Calendars

November 29, 2011
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I’ve always been charmed by advent calendars. When I saw this Winter Mitten Gift Card Holder from our friends at SWAKembroidery.com, I couldn’t resist transforming the in-the-hoop ornaments into 25 mittens to countdown the days until Christmas. The mitten is featured in the current issue of Designs and is a bargain-buy at $8.00 because...

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