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Friday Night Live @ Sew Expo

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It’s your chance for an evening of fun and luck! Luck? If you come to Friday Night Live at Sew Expo, Puyallup, WA on February 27th you’ll have a chance to win not one, not two, but FIVE machines!  Baby Lock is giving away over $6,000 worth of machines. All you have to do is buy a ticket to Friday Night Live and come and enjoy the show. Of course you have to be present to win. And why wouldn’t you? Because not only do you have a chance to win a machine but you’ll also enjoy a night of education and hilarity!

My stitching Sister and I have been working on our presentation – it’s has a Tonight Show theme and although I can’t promise you an appearance from Jimmy Fallon or Justin Timberlake – I can tell you we will have as much fun in Puyallup as they have in Times Square.  What can you expect?  The traditional Tonight Show Friday night format kicks off with Thank You notes. These thank you notes won’t have anything to do with New York tourists. Oh no, our thank you notes are focused on our industry.  We’ll share our tongue-in-cheek gratitude to Singer, Viking, Pfaff, Brother, Bernina and Baby Lock.

A few weeks ago, I hinted to the possibility of a lip sync battle performed by our special guests.  And our special guests have agreed!  Right now, they are working on their routines and perfecting their form.  I have to say they are not only great sports but they’re bringing their ‘game’ – full of enthusiasm for this unique opportunity to showcase their previously hidden talents. Who are they?  None other than the President of Baby Lock, Steve Jeffrey and local favorite, Eddie Schultz of Issaquah Sewing & Vacuum!  So who do you think they should impersonate? Jennifer Hudson, The Bee Gees, Elvis, Rod Stewart, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash? Oh my, the possibilities are endless!

But we know you want more than fun – you want to learn and win some prizes. We have the fun handled, the education is a given (Marie and I are unveiling our top 30 embroidery tips) and we’ll hand out tons of prizes!  Over $6200 worth of prizes!  Five machines – complements of Baby Lock plus books and notions from Designs in Machine Embroidery.

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Rachel: MSRP $800.00

Imagine: MSRP $3,000.00

Imagine: MSRP $3,000.00

Tempo: MSRP $1,400.00

Tempo: MSRP $1,400.00

Molly: MSRP $500.00

Molly: MSRP $500.00

Anna: MSRP $400.00

Anna: MSRP $400.00

Hope you’ll join us for a night of edutainment!  Reserve your seats now! 

 

 

Here’s your assignment this week:
I think we’ve all been guilty of playing a little air guitar or having a jam session in the car every once in awhile 😉 Tell us your absolute favorite song that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs. We will pick 4 random comments and they each will receive a $25 gift certificate to Zippy DesignZ! Good luck and happy stitching.ZippyDesignZ_2015BlogBanner
The winner of last week’s assignment:
Tell us how long you can hold on to a box of chocolates.  One random comment will be chosen to win… a box of chocolates!  Mmmm!  Yummy!And the winner is:  Ellen M.
“As long as I don’t take a bite I can keep it for a month. But once I break down and have a bite, they are gone within the week. I have no self control with chocolate.”

 

 

Behind the Scenes – Volume 90 Jan/Feb 2015

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Until you’ve been to a photo shoot you might not realize much of it is make-believe!  That’s one of my favorite parts of our photo shoots—having the chance to watch a space transform with the clever use of lights, props and the expertise of a photographer and team.

Sure, it looks like a cozy bed with a pretty pillow made by Sherry McCary.

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But here’s what it took to put the scene together….

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Stylist Andrea Huffman fluffs up the ruffles before the final photo is taken.

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Next, we chose a neutral colored chair and pretty blue background for Eileen’s cover project.

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Andrea carefully arranges the fringe on the pillow while Steve Woods focuses on some close-up shots.

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The team examines the photos to make sure we have a cover shot.

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You’re going to want to read Eileen’s article, Jumbo Monograms to learn how to stitch the pillow.  She managed to stitch an embroidery design larger than her hoop.  No, that’s not a typo!  Read her article to find out how she accomplished this seemingly impossible task.

Plus, as an extra incentive, our friends at Embroidery Arts are offering a special coupon offer for the Arabesque 9 XL embroidery design used on the pillow.  Details are in the magazine.

Diane Kron made these Springtime Place Mats.  They are a great way to welcome the arrival of Spring!  As thirst-quenching as the tea looks, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Remember, props are often make-believe!

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Katherine Artine’s projects are always eye-candy!  This wall hanging project features software techniques, tips for working with organza and steps to create free standing heart appliques.  What fun!

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Here’s a table runner made by Sue Ann Obremski featuring mitered borders.  It’s a very educational article you won’t want to miss.  In fact, it looks like one of our little friends, Peter, is reading up on the software techniques!

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Ever feel like the embroidery hoops are getting bigger and bigger… and as much as you love the idea of a larger sewing field, you can’t afford a new machine?  JoAnn Connolly’s column, 4” x 4” & Fabulous addresses this challenge by offering projects that fit within a 4” x 4” sewing field.

We were enamored with these Pretty Petit Fours JoAnn submitted.  It’s easy to imagine handing them out to special friends and family.  After the candy is long gone (by the way, Denise ate all the candy after the photo shoot), the boxes can be repurposed to hold other small treasures.

Stylist Andrea Huffman unwraps the project and props.

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The candy and boxes are carefully arranged.

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The scene looks complete and ready to be photographed!

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Now’s the perfect time for Denise to add her special touch!

Peter enjoys the view from Petit Fours Central Park.

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Francis is a strong supporter of machine embroidery.  He has dedicated his life to spreading awareness of the craft.

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Of course, it’s not all fun and games at the photo shoot.  Well, maybe it is sometimes.  There’s something about white beadboard that excites Denise.

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Meanwhile, Creative Director, Sam Solomon stays productive at the photo shoot!

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Do you own a pair of boots?  If you don’t you’ll want to pick up a pair after seeing these monogrammed boot socks by Marie Zinno.

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Steve Woods and the model prepare for the next item—a button down shirt with symmetrical embroidery by Christy Burcham.  Christy’s steps to achieve success have been proven!  She recently mentioned she loved the shirt so much she whipped up a second sample for herself.

You might also notice the model is wearing slippers!

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While much of the photo shoot looks make-believe, as you have witnessed, a lot of heart, planning and attention to detail goes in to each issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.  From the team of writers, to the team responsible for editing and laying out the pages and of course the team responsible for all the beautiful photography— every issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery represents months of work!

But wait, there’s more to see inside the issue!  Be sure to pick up your copy of the January/February 2015 issue at your local dealer, JoAnn’s Fabrics or direct from Designs in Machine Embroidery.

Here’s your assignment this week:
It’s a puzzle! How many squares are in the picture below? Leave a comment below with your answer. One random correct answer will be chosen and will receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME website. Good Luck!1-msGlp
The winner of last week’s assignment:
Tell us your favorite stitch you use when crazy quilting. Once random comment will be chosen to get their very own autographed copy of Today’s Crazy Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine by Eileen Roche! Thanks for reading and good luck!CrazyQuilting
And the winner is…Jeanne R. “My favorite stitch is the serpentine with opposing leaves. Very cute. Thanks for your pillow inspiration! I knew I was saving those dupioni remnants for something!”

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques

We recently took a trip to Austin, Texas where we dropped in on our friend, Barbara Goldkorn who was teaching a 3-hour hands-on class.  What a fun event!

Students made their own version of the Woven Table Runner featured in Barbara’s new book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques.  Students made the table runner entirely with their own Baby Lock sergers—this way they’d be comfortable applying the techniques they learned in class on their own at home.

I’ll be the first to admit, I had no idea a serger was packed with so many innovative and creative features!  What a great way to spend a day!

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As the students discovered, making the table runner was the chance to learn new techniques and apply more familiar techniques in unexpected ways.  The end result is not just a table runner—but new skills that can be used on countless other projects.   What a great opportunity to expand the use of a serger!  And if you don’t own a serger, you may be inspired to purchase one now!

When you think of binding, more than likely you imagine binding the edge of a quilt.  But Barbara uses the technique in a more creative manner.  Students attached a single fold binder to their Baby Lock sergers.  Then they serged the binding fabric to the fabric strips.

The end result – strips of fabric with a beautifully finished edge.  These strips will be used for weaving as shown below.

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One of the really fun aspects of taking a class is the opportunity to see the different color schemes people select for their projects.

I love these traditional Christmas colors.
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On the other end of the spectrum are pretty pastels!  What a great way to welcome Spring any time of the year!

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Here are some elegant snowflakes.

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Festive reds!

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Holiday prints with red and gold.

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Students also learned how to shrink fabric.  Yes, shrink fabric!  There wasn’t a magic wand involved but I hear it was a seemingly magical product known as Texture Magic.

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Here’s a look at the assembly process.  There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to create a table runner of my own.  The hardest part—deciding what colors to use!

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If you missed out on this fun class – don’t fret!  Barbara’s book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques gives easy-to-follow step by step instructions with photos to ensure success.

 

Here’s your assignment this week:One of these things is not like the other. Spot what’s different in the photo above? Two random comments will be chosen to receive $50 gift certificates at Stunning Stitches! Good luck. SS_DME-Banner-Certificate
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question…Leave a comment and tell us if you think the chandelier or stipple designs will look best on the Sun Kissed quilt. One comment will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift card to use on the DIME website. Good Luck!The winner is… Ellen P.  “Chandelier it would look great and different. Love it.”

 

The Day the Elves Returned to Santa’s Workshop

I knew this day would come—but I was certain it was in the very distant future.  With Thanksgiving this week, the inevitable couldn’t be avoided any longer.

Elfis and Elfira are needed at Santa’s Workshop!

But before I prepared them for their trip back via UPS, I decided to take the elves out for a field trip.

I secured the elves in my car, turned on some elf-friendly music (“Lollipop” by The Chordettes) and off we went on an adventure!

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Just where we were going—they didn’t know.  But imagine their surprise when we arrived at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores!  Kind of a strange place to take elves, you might think.  We walked to the magazine stand…. and there it was!  Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine was prominently displayed on the shelf!

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The smiles on their little faces said it all.

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Afterwards I promised the elves a treat at my favorite Starbucks.

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I’m going to miss these little dolls!

Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogBe sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery with Elfis and Elfira on the cover!  Click here to order online.

Elfis and Elfira are embroidered doll patterns available from Embroitique.

 

Here’s your assignment this week:Is there something special you made for someone and loved it so much wanted to keep it for yourself? Tell us what it was and one random comment will be chosen to win a $25 gift certificate to use on the DIME website. Good Luck!
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question… If you won a $25 gift card to purchase anything from the Embroidery Library website, which designs would you purchase?  Post your comments and FOUR, that’s right, FOUR random names will be drawn and each will win a $25 shopping spree to redeem at Embroidery Library!  Oh my goodness – so many beautiful and creative designs to choose from!Embroidery LibraryThe random drawing winners are… Patty F, Ruth, Melody, and Judi C

How a trip to the gym inspired today’s embroidery lesson!

I was at the gym this week and decided to increase the weight on the Rotary Calf machine.

I added 5 pounds to what I thought was already pretty hefty.  I completed the exercise with ease.  Armed with a little more confidence I added another 5 pounds.

I braced myself for what would likely be impossible.  The machine will certainly be immovable.  My legs cannot move that much weight.  There’s no way!

And once again, I surprised myself with success.

I wore a big grin on my face as I used the weight machine.  I can now handle 265 pounds on the Rotary Calf Machine!

Incredulous with this accomplishment I photographed the machine— particularly the weight.  It’s not that no one would believe my accomplishment.  They would.  It’s me that sometimes needs convincing of what I’m capable of doing!

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I pushed myself and realized I can do more than I thought and I have proof!

This confidence spilled out when I approached this week’s blog.  I decided to take one embroidery design and in 10 minutes see how many variations I could make using just one design.

This is the original design…

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Here’s what I came up with…

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But this lesson isn’t about me— it’s about you!  When was the last time you sat and played with your embroidery software?  Maybe you don’t have the latest and greatest software and feel limited. Maybe you don’t have time.  Perhaps you aren’t inspired.  There are dozens of reasons not to try.  There are dozens of reasons to give up before trying.  But why not give it a try?  Spend a few minutes – even just 10 minutes using the embroidery machine and tools you already own.  Skip stitches at your embroidery machine if you don’t have software.  Experiment with thread colors.  Push yourself to see what you can do with your resources and skills.  You have what it takes to succeed.

Now give it a try!

Click here to download the design and see how many variations you can make.  There’s no right or wrong answer.  The prize is the time you invested in yourself to expand your embroidery skills.

Speaking of embroidery designs… stop by one of my favorite embroidery design resources – Embroidery Library!  Whatever embroidery design theme you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of options to suit your taste!  The prices are very reasonable, their quality is spot on — and you can shop day or night for instant downloads!  And best of all… you have a chance to win a shopping spree!  Read on for more info!

Here’s your assignment this week:If you won a $25 gift card to purchase anything from the Embroidery Library website, which designs would you purchase?  Post your comments and FOUR, that’s right, FOUR random names will be drawn and each will win a $25 shopping spree to redeem at Embroidery Library!  Oh my goodness – so many beautiful and creative designs to choose from!Embroidery Library 
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question… What Holiday goodies are you creating this season? Tell us what you’ve got stitching and one random comment will be selected to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.The random drawing winner is… Lynette“I am making fabric boxes for the ladies in my sewing group, a fabric book for my great grandchildren, hanging towels for the grandchildren.  Hopefully I will get some time to do some baking too.”

 

 

Words of Wisdom!

As machine embroiderers we have opportunities to use our machines to create and embellish everything from clothing to quilts to home décor and more. Sometimes my motivation to begin a project gets stunted by the fear of failure. That’s right… failure before I’ve even taken the first stitch… or even selected the fabric for the project-to-be.

But one recent afternoon I decided to play with the Calligraphy Project Designer. I like it because it’s simple to use and feeds my need for creativity.

I decided to do an online search for a fun quote. You can easily search key terms like “popular quotations,” “famous quotations,” or even “quotations about <life>,” (you can replace the word “life” with any word you want.)

In my search I came upon a fun quotation from Albert Einstein: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

What an inspiring quotation!

Before beginning the project, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Select the hoop size. This will give you boundaries to work within.
  2. If you are working with a long phrase, break it into several individual designs. It makes it easier to manipulate and rearrange.
  3. The <Enter> key is useful. Instead of having one long continuous line of text, break it up by using the <Enter> key.
  4. Consider the alignment. I chose to center all my text.
  5. You may decide to edit as you go or wait until you have all the text on the screen. I chose to make the more creative edits (enlarging and changing the angle of the letters) at the very end. Decide what works for you.

The point is – you need to experiment with the layout. That is part of the creative process!

Here are the steps I used to put the layout together in software.

  1. Open the Calligraphy Project Designer Software.
  2. I chose the largest hoop size my machine could handle.
  3. Click on the Text tool to add text.Design 1: “A person <Enter key> “who never”I centered the design and chose Old English for the text style.Design 2: “made a”I centered the design and chose Old English for the text style.Design 3: “mistake”I centered the design and chose Jester Pro for the text style.

    Design 4: “never tried”

    I centered the design and chose Old English.

    Design 5: “anything”

    I centered the design and chose Old English.

    Design 5: “new”

    I centered the design and chose the Diana-Vs text style.

    Design 6: “Albert Einstein”

    I centered the design and chose Old English. I placed the text further down on the page as I wanted to add a design later.

  4. Rearrange the text into a pleasing format.
  5. Click the Ink Spots button and select the Ink Blotch design. Arrange the design in a pleasing format. Enlarge the design if necessary, by selecting it then dragging one of the corners to expand the size.
  6. I decided to enlarge the first letter “A”. Click on the text icon. Click on Design 1 to select it.
  7. Click on the center of the letter “A”. The letter will now be surrounded by a yellow box.Grab one of the white corner boxes to enlarge the design. Once enlarged, click on the center of the letter and rearrange as needed.
  8. I wanted to have fun with the word “mistake.” I decided to rotate the letter “t”.
    Click on the Text button. Click on the word “mistake” to select it. Click on the center of the letter “t” to select it. Click the arrow to rotate.Click on the sizing box to enlarge the letter.

Final Tips:

  • Rearrange the designs as necessary and experiment with font styles and thread colors.
  • Stitch efficiently! Go to Edit. Click on Resequence by Color.
  • Save the design as an MHF file. (This format is the native format in the software. It will enable you to make edits in the future.). Then save the design in the format your embroidery machine reads and send to your embroidery machine.

Here’s your assignment this week:

We love words of wisdom!  They can inspire, make us smile and motivate!  Share your favorite quote — whether it’s from someone famous, a family member or some pearl of wisdom you tell your children or grandchildren.  We want to know!  One random comment will be selected to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question… 

Everyone wants to know what Elfis said to Elfira to make her giggle for the cover shot.  Post a comment with your best guess.  One random comment will be selected to win a one year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!

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The random drawing winner is… Shauna Kaminsky!  “That silly shelf elf wishes he looked this good!”

Thank you everyone for the laughs!  We enjoyed reading the comments!

The day elves came to play at the photography studio!

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August is the hottest month of the year in Dallas, Texas.  It’s also the time of the year we work on the holiday issue for Christmas!  For the Designs in Machine Embroidery team, it feels like we get to celebrate Christmas twice a year!

This year was especially fun, we had two very special guests with us—Elfis and Elfira.  They were shipped special delivery from our friends at Embroitique.

If you have sweet little ones –whether children of your own or grandchildren—you know they can be a little rambunctious at times.  These elves were no different!  What an incredible amount of joy and energy they bring to a photo shoot.  Imagine the happiness they’d bring to your home.

This was their first time at a photography studio— they were very excited to have their pictures taken.

Here’s a look at Elfira getting all dolled up in preparation for her photo shoot.

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She brought her hat and new elf shoes to show off.  She loves accessories.

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Stylist, Andrea Huffman prepares the elves for their big moment in front of the camera.

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Eileen takes a moment to wish the elves good luck.

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While this was their first photo shoot, the elves demonstrated they are very comfortable in front of the camera.  We were  impressed with their work.

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Andrea Huffman and Denise Holguin take a moment to get their photo taken with the soon-to-be cover model celebrities.

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Eileen and Steve review the photos to be sure we have just the right shot.

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After the photo shoot the elves were eager for some snacks.

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Wait a minute… maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to load the elves with sugar.

Elfis is swinging around like a little monkey.  Santa, I think he needs a jungle gym for Christmas!

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Meanwhile, Elfira got all tangled up in ribbon.  Who let her have the scissors?
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It’s not a good idea to turn your back for even just a few minutes.  Elfira found the Christmas lights.

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Elfis decided it would be fun to play peek-a-book.

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Elfira had to get into the act too.
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It wasn’t all fun and games—at least not for the rest of the team.  Andrea prepared the next shot—a Holiday Sparkle Place mat by Kerrin Brookes. Elfis wasn’t much help during this time.

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Not to be outdone, Elfira had to climb inside the table.  It feels like toddlers are on the loose at the studio!

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Elfira decided to make herself ‘useful’ by ‘helping’ Andrea steam and iron the next set of projects.

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Meanwhile, Steve sat down and had a talk about Elfis’s long term career goals.  Maybe he should consider  a professional career as a model or an actor.

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I suspect little Elfis just wants to have fun at this stage of his life.

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The photo shoot wasn’t just about the elves!  We had some very creative projects by our talented team of writers.

Look at these stockings by Tari Intardonato!  If you want to make Christmas stockings with plenty of personality, these are certainly the ones!

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Don’t you love embroidered lace?  Nancy Zieman and her team share some very clever techniques for creating holiday centerpieces and placemats.

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It’s a winter wonderland with this beautiful “Never-ending Snowflakes” table runner by Christy Burcham.  After reading this article you’ll be eager to try the techniques.

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Our newest writer, Margaret Moorehead created these fun 3-D ornaments.  What makes them great—(aside from being 3-D!) is your ability to choose your own color scheme – now you can have a tree that is decorated with just the right colored ornaments!  Add some sparkly crystals and you’re ready to begin a new holiday tradition.

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Steve makes sure the ornaments are turned just right for the photo.  There’s a lot more to a photo shoot than meets the eye!

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While the team was busy working on the rest of the samples, Elfis and Elfira wandered into an office and made a new friend.  This was the perfect end to a fun day at the studio!

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The November/December issue is packed with all this and MORE!  Order a subscription, pick up a single copy online or from your local dealer – whatever you do – don’t miss this issue!  Visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website to subscribe.  Or call 888-739-0555 to order.

 

 

Here’s your assignment this week:Everyone wants to know what Elfis said to Elfira to make her giggle for the cover shot.  Post a comment with your best guess.  One random comment will be selected to win a one year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
The winner of last week’s assignment is:It’s not often you get to embroider in such wonderful settings as floating in the ocean on a beautiful cruise ship. What is the most unusual place you have embroidered? One comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME website. And the winner is: Paule-Marie “I don’t know that I have embroidered in any particularly unusual places. However, I have quilted looking out our hotel window in Bangkok and Chang Mai. Does that count?” We’d say that counts!

 

 

 

 

Come Sail with the Stitching Sisters and DIME

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Exciting news – Flash Sewing in Naples, FL is hosting a Stitching Sisters cruise in February, 2016 and to kick off the announcement, they are offering a special offer until October 30, 2015, buy one cruise at full price and the second cruiser is 50%.

My Stitching Sister and I are so excited to sail on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas – voted the Best Cruise Ship by Travel Weekly. Click here to see why we think this is the best ship on the water.

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When you’re not marveling at all the Allure has to offer, you’ll head into an embroidery studio filled with top of the line Baby Lock machines. Marie and I will guide you through three days of designing, digitizing, stitching and quilting with an embroidery machine. But we’re not heading to sea by ourselves, oh no, we’ll be joined by one of DIME’s Inspiration Consultants, Flash Sewing and Baby Lock staff. You’ll be in good hands for three days of embroidery fun and exploration.

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You can learn more about the cruise and select your cabin at the special rate by visiting http://www.flashsewandquilt.com/dimecruise.html

Marie and I have already booked our rooms and we’re working on the class materials now. Since we want all of the projects to be fresh and new for this special occasion, we are making sure all of the latest techniques, ideas and trends are included in the three days of embroidery fun. So details on the stitching portion of the cruise will be available at a later date. But it’s a good idea to grab your cabin now at the special offer rate!

Please call Lenore Deck Travel at 352-270-8658 or email to cruiselady@tampabay.rr.com. There is limited space in the embroidery studio so get on the list today.

Hope you’ll join us on the Allure!

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

It’s not often you get to embroider in such wonderful settings as floating in the ocean on a beautiful cruise ship. What is the most unusual place you have embroidered? One comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME website.

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Urban Threads is giving away four (4) $25 gift certificates to their website. Just leave a comment below about a design you re-purposed for something new, something different! Maybe you turned a kitchen towel project into some doll clothes or made a bracelet out of a sashing – whatever it is, we want to know.

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And the winners are: Meg A, Georgia N, Sandi M, and Michelle C – congratulations to all and thank you to everyone for sharing.

All for Me!

Improvise! Create! Have fun!

I wanted to create something fun and personalized for my friends. These luggage tags featured in Shelly Smola’s book, All for Me, fit my needs for creativity. They can be used as gift tags, luggage tags or even Christmas ornaments!

The luggage tags are designed with a handy pocket made of clear vinyl to slide a name tag with contact information. Unfortunately, I didn’t have vinyl and I didn’t want to drive all the way to the fabric store. (It’s a whole 5 minutes away from the office!)

I decided to improvise…

Improvise on Materials

First attempt: Clear plastic from a paper CD sleeve.
I wasn’t using the CD sleeve and the plastic seemed like it would work. However, the needle penetrations perforated the plastic making it easy to rip away.

Undaunted, I hunted the office for other clear plastic materials…

Second attempt: A Ziplock bag!

I thought I was pretty clever for trying this technique. Again, the needle penetrations perforated the plastic.

Suggestions from office mates: Use a clear shower curtain.

This idea has been used and tested in the building… but sadly there wasn’t a shower curtain in the office. And the nearest retailer is at least 20 minutes away….

Next attempt: Tulle.

I used two layers of tulle and placed water soluble stabilizer on top. This method worked! Plus tulle comes in countless colors to coordinate with my fabric selection for the dresses. The card insert I placed in the pocket is still legible through the tulle.

Next attempt: Sheer ribbon.

I used two layers and placed water soluble stabilizer on top. This method also worked. I prefer the ribbon because it’s easier to work with but that’s just a personal preference.

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Create!

Sample 1. Pretty Blue!

I selected blue satin fabric for the dress and soft thread colors to coordinate with the fabric. I accidentally stitched the leaves in pink. Surely there are pink leaves found in nature somewhere! I added hot fix pearls to the flowers for added embellishments.

Sample 2. Bridal Party

I selected the same blue satin fabric. This time I stitched everything in white. The blue is subtle enough that it could be used for a bridal shower gift tag. I added the hot fix pearls to the flowers and the buttons. Also consider making one as a Christening ornament for a baby.

Sample 3. Celebrate the Crinkles!

When discussing our serious fabric shortage in the building with Eileen, I came upon a delightful brown crinkle type fabric. I hesitated but had to ask anyway, “will this work or am I crazy?” Fortunately, Eileen encouraged me to try. In fact, she shared a tip to ensure success.

Eileen’s tips:

Add fusible polymesh cut-away stabilizer to the back of the fabric. This will add stability and will also keep the wrinkles in place as you stitch the crinkle fabric. The particular concern was ensuring the stipple stitches would stitch properly on the fabric.

Another tip, the fusible polymesh comes in black. This is especially useful if you’re working with a dark colored fabric. I’ll keep that in mind next time!

I love the added texture this fabric brings to the dress. In fact, I’d wear this dress if it were full size!

Sample 4. Embrace Color!

Now with 3 dresses successfully stitched, I was feeling quite bold. I found a bright yellow satin fabric. I fused polymesh to the back of the fabric. I opted to embrace contrasting colors… and during the process I must admit I got some inspiration from the movie, 27 Dresses. I used two layers of pink tulle for the pocket and of course a bright pink for the stitches. While stitching the flowers I noticed the leaves look like hearts. I decided to skip the flower centers and add hot fix crystals as embellishments.

Have Fun!
The primary motivation when I create anything is to have fun. During this process I enjoyed focusing on variety and details. For this project I only made dresses and challenged myself to try and make each one slightly different. What details can I add? I experimented with fabrics, thread colors, skipping embroidery details, adding hot fix embellishments and more!

Looking at the dresses, I realized hangers would be a nice addition. Using wire and some pliers I fashioned a small hanger for the embroidered dress. I cut two pieces of wire—one for the hook and the other for the base. I wrapped the end of the hook to the base. Next I covered the wire with a decorative fiber.

The hanger was an afterthought for my pretty brown dress. Next time I would skip stitching the hole for the ribbon since the hanger serves the same purpose.

What a wonderful way to have fun with small scraps of fabric!

There are additional luggage tags included with the book as well as other fun projects.

A total of 6 projects are included:

  • Tea Party Luggage Tags
  • Glamour Girl Makeup Case
  • Petite Purse
  • Vintage Apron
  • Time for Tea Pillow
  • Time for Tea Quilt

All for Me

Did you know? All for Me is now available as a download! That’s right, now you can download the book and the designs from the comfort of your home. This is especially ideal for overseas customers!

Visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website for more information.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Urban Threads is giving away four (4) $25 gift certificates to their website. Just leave a comment below about a design you re-purposed for something new, something different! Maybe you turned a kitchen towel project into some doll clothes or made a bracelet out of a sashing – whatever it is, we want to know.

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The winner of last week’s assignment is:

What is your most prized monogram project? Tell us your favorite and one comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend on the DIME website. Thank you for reading and good luck!

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And the winners is..Shea  – “My favorite monogram is the stacked one that I put on one of three t-shirts I gave to my 30-year old son for his last birthday. I’ve seen him wear that shirt three times in the month since then – he LOVES it.”

A Closer Look… On the Wrong Foot

Elizabeth and Henry started off on the wrong foot today.

Henry later apologized and professed his love for Elizabeth.

They do make a nice couple.

 

 

About the image:

The featured BERNINA foot is #40C – A Sideways motion foot!  Imagine the possibilities!

 

Here’s your assignment this week:
What foot do you have that you wish you knew how to use?  Post a comment to let us know! One comment will be chosen at random to receive a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website!
The winner of last week assignment: 
Leave a comment below about something you’d like to create with Stipple! Baby. One random comment will be chosen to get their very own copy of Stipple! Baby for free. The winner is: Judy!
“The cards are so cute!  Would love to try them, but a baby girl’s quilt would be lovely.”Congratulations, Judy!

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