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2019 Top 10 Gifts Countdown

It’s holiday prep time!  On Wednesdays for the next 10 weeks, I’ll reveal my top 10 gifts for the holiday season. You’ll get a sneak peek of each project on Wednesdays and a lesson on Facebook Live the following day, Thursdays at 1:00 CST.

What tops my list this year? Embroidered jewelry. It couldn’t be trendier than right now!  Stop at the jewelry counter of any department store and you’ll find fringe earrings, stitched feathers and lacy danglers in all colors and sizes.

Join me at 1:00 CST tomorrow on Facebook Live for Charm School!  You’ll learn everything you need to know to make fringe earrings or necklaces. I’ll cover the sizing, stabilizer and jewelry findings.

You’ll get a head start on your holiday stitching and be amazed at how easy it is to make fringe earrings! Perfect for all the ladies on your gift list.

What’s New: May/June Issue, Lakehouse Panel, Events, and More!

WOW stands for Whirlwind Of a Wednesday!

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Today, Eileen had a fabulous time as a special guest on Angela Wolf’s Behind the Scenes Facebook LIVE. She spoke all about embroidery giving us the rundown on her highly anticipated My Lace Maker Software, as well as Angela’s new Touch of Lace collection.

After that interactive fun, Eileen showed us what’s new in DIME’s May/June volume 116 issue. She also went over exciting upcoming events and revealed the newest addition to the Farmhouse collection: Lakehouse!  Watch below:

If you’re currently on social media, SHARE this video! You may be chosen to win Eileen’s newest Lakehouse panel ! If you only watch us on the blog, be sure to SHARE this blog post and you will have a chance to win as well !

My Lace Maker Software LIVE Demo

Last week, Eileen talked all about LACE, delving into the secrets to success in thread, needle, stabilizer and design selection on Facebook! She hosted a LIVE tutorial on how to use the FREE demo download of our My Lace Maker Software.

Click the link “FREE” above for the download and Watch below!

Be on the lookout on May 1st when Eileen and Angela Wolf will announce the second lace contest winner on Facebook LIVE at 1:00PM CST. Even though the winner will be announced on Facebook, it’s not necessary to be on Facebook to enter.  Just click this link to enter: https://contest.app.do/dime1162

We’ll also post the winner here on the blog.

 

Enter Again To Win My LaceMaker Software and Angela Wolf’s A Touch of Lace!

This month is all about LACE. I am SO excited for the launch of My Lace Maker Software!Many of you asked where you can purchase a copy of My Lace Maker software and I have good news! The software is on its way to dealers now! So if you want to jump into the industry’s easiest, most exciting new design maker, call your dealer and ask them to reserve a copy for you. You can find a list of dealers by clicking here.
As previously mentioned in Saturday’s blog post, we are opening up another lace contest with Angela Wolf. The response to the first giveaway was so amazing that we decided to host another one! Yes, while you wait for the My Lace Maker Software to arrive at your local dealer you can enter AGAIN for another chance to WIN the software and Angela’s Touch of Lace Embroidery Collection!


Entering is easy and there are lots of ways to get extra entries!
1. Fill in the form here: https://contest.app.do/embed/dime116-2513810 (enter every day for additional entries!)
2. Earn Extra Entries on Facebook: Find the Giveaway link on Angela Wolf and Designs in Machine Embroidery and follow along (optional)
3. Earn Extra Entries on Instagram: Find the Giveaway link on Angela Wolf and Designs in Machine Embroidery Instagram pages and follow along (optional)
4. Earn Extra Entries on Angela Wolf and Designs in Machine Embroidery blogs follow along (optional)
♥ Good Luck ♥
1 Lucky Random Winner will be drawn LIVE on Eileen Roche’s Facebook series May 1, 2019 at 1:00pm CST. Good luck! No purchase Necessary. See Official Rules for details. Sweepstakes start 4/10/2019 at 4:00pm CST and ends 5/1/2019 at NOON CST. Void where prohibited. International entries welcome as this is a digital product 🙂

 

And next Wednesday, on April 17, 2019 at 1:00 CST I’ll be talking about lace on Facebook Live. I’ll delve into the secrets to success in thread, needle, stabilizer and design selection. So mark that date on your calendar and join me! It’s more fun when you’re there because I’ll read your comments and answer your questions during the broadcast. It’s like being in the same room and learning about embroidery together!

My Lace Maker Winner

Drumroll please

Congratulations Sue S. Brown!  You are the lucky winner of Eileen Roche and Angela Wolf’s GIVEAWAY We will be in contact so you can claim your prize

Thank you to everyone who entered. But wait, there’s more! We were SO excited for SO many entries that we will be running ANOTHER contest for this amazing opportunity next week! Be on the lookout for how to enter the next round!

Once again, congratulations Sue S. Brown ! We can’t wait to see what you create with this amazing lace software and collection!

 

Lace!

I’m so excited to reveal a unique collaboration with Angela Wolf of AngelaWolf.com.  Angela and I have been working on this for several months and finally – we can show you what we’ve been up to. If you don’t know Angela, you’re going to love her work.  A fashion designer at heart, Angela has created a new embroidery collection for dime – Angela Wolf’s A Touch of Lace Collection 1. She came to this task with a true designer’s eye and designed lace elements to fill hemlines, sleeve inserts, pant legs and more.  She told me she’s always been on the lookout for just the right lace to add to her garments. Instead of shopping, she starting drawing and the results are fantastic!

Whether you use a single-needle machine like Angela did here.

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Or a multi-needle machine, the results are beautiful!

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And who wouldn’t want to wear this?

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This week, Angela and I are giving you a chance to win her collection ($79.99) and a copy of My Lace Maker software ($499.99)!  Why both?  Well, the beauty of having both is you can use Angela’s pretty lace elements and design your own custom lace arrangements for your garments.Designs in Machine Embroidery

 

No digitizing skills needed! In My Lace Maker, design your own beautiful lace from over 1100 motifs. Plus, you’ll find all the tools you need to transform any embroidery design into free standing lace. Select from more than 280 shapes, fill them with motifs, add an airy grid and column connections.  You’ll learn more about My Lace Maker in Software Saturday blogs.Designs in Machine Embroidery

 

For now, jump into the contest. You will have three chances to win by tagging friends and commenting via our blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

  1. Subscribe to our blog at dzgns.com and then leave a comment at the end of this blog.
  2. Follow/like the Designs in Machine Embroidery page on Facebook and Instagram
  3. Once you’ve finished steps 1 and 2 then tag a friend in the comments and say “Done!” (If you do not have Facebook or Instagram, complete step 1 then comment on the blog saying “Done!” If you are already a subscriber to the blog, make sure to do the bonus entry by subscribing to our Youtube channel and comment “Done”! on the blog after subscribing)

Bonus Entry: Repost/Share this giveaway with the hashtags #dimegiveaway #mylacemakersoftware and make sure to tag us! (If you do not have any social media, you can still join the bonus entry by subscribing to our Youtube channel at dzgns !)

For ONE more chance to win, click here https://contest.app.do/dime116 and fill out a quick form from Angela Wolf!

Giveaway ends on Wednesday April 3 and the winner will be announced on April 4 at 4:00PM.

 

Behind the Scenes at My Candy Store!

I thought I’d share the evolution of the Subtle Tees shirts featured in Volume 105 July/August 2017.


When I am embroidering, I’m like a kid in a candy store.  I’m overwhelmed by all the options – from thread colors to fabric colors and even fabric type.  And before I can make a final decision, I have to try all the “flavors” and hope that I don’t get too distracted from completing the project.  Anyone else have that problem? 😉

The photo below shows example stitch-outs from the Fascinator t-shirt.  I spray painted the lace a light blue and used a variegated thread…because variegated thread has to be tried!

Then there are those moments when I go off the rails with crazy color selections.  I didn’t see a need to complete the test stitch-out….I don’t know why I chose that fabric….

Here’s a look at another test stitch-out.  I didn’t want to waste a good piece of lace so I used a piece of polymesh stabilizer as my applique fabric.  For this example, I was double checking my thread color choices.  The threads used on the bird and branch became my final colors.

You can appreciate how color choices and fabrics can transform a look.  Compare the polymesh stabilizer applique photo above with the flowery lace applique below.   The orange stippling pops while the blue stippling blends in.  

Here’s a look at the final design, shot on location.  The airy, flowery lace applique makes a statement.  The shapes can be interpreted as clouds and fits the theme for the shirt.


Fulfillment comes not only from the finished project but in the process of experimenting and improving techniques!

Volume 105 July/August: Fascinator!

Fascinator! 

The Volume 105 July/August issue is making its way to newsstands and mailboxes across the globe.  This post shares the expanded coverage of the “Fascinator” beaded shirt from the Subtle Tees article on page 24.  Enjoy!


This shirt was influenced by my love for fascinators.  The process evolved as I created. I share the steps in an unusual order to show there is more than one way to produce the same result.  Sometimes creative inspiration happens during the stitching process.  Don’t hamper the process!  Adapt and see where it leads.

Materials
Beads
Lace (plain, not ornate)
Tulip ColorShot Instant Fabric Color in Black

Embroidery Designs
Embroidery software to make an applique heart shape.
Free design from Kreations by Kara

Step 1.  Embroidery Designs
Overview:
 I made a heart shaped applique in Perfect Embroidery Pro software.  While I’m not necessarily fond of wearing hearts on my shirts—I thought it would be good to challenge myself!  I added a Hexagon pattern inside the heart applique shape.  If you don’t have Perfect Embroidery Pro, it’s available as a free trial (save option is deactivated).  Purchase your activated version through an Inspirations Dealer.  

Go to the Artwork Tools located on the top toolbar.  Select the heart shape.  Hold down the CTRL button and left mouse button to draw a heart.  Don’t worry about the size—we will make the adjustments in the next step.

With the shape still selected, go to Properties – Transform box.  Uncheck the “Maintain Aspect Ratio”.  Change the width and height of the heart to 6.0.  Press the Apply button.

With the shape still selected, right click.  Select Convert To / Applique.

In the Properties – Applique box, select Change Colors.  Press Apply.

Right click on the heart.  Select Utility, then Create Outline.

When the Create Outline window appears, type 0 in the Distance field.  Select Ok.

Change the color of the newly created outline.  (Click on the Plus sign to add a color, then right click on the new color)

With the outline still selected, right click.  Select Convert To / Complex Fill.

In the Properties – Fill box, select Adv. Stippling.

Scroll down to the Hexagons pattern.

Change the Pattern Length to 30 mm.

You’ll notice the color sequence needs to be adjusted.  You want the Hexagons pattern to stitch before the satin stitching on the applique is finished.

Select the Applique heart design.  Right click.  Select Break Up Path.

Now the individual thread colors are displayed in the Sequence box.  (The sequence of stitches to make the applique are broken into individual components – making it easy to rearrange the thread sequence.)

Reposition the Hexagons color sequence so that it is the 3rd detail to stitch. (Placement stitch first, tackdown second, decorative hexagon stitching third and satin stitching as the last step)

I saved the design, printed a template and sent to the embroidery machine.


Step 2.  Preparing Applique Fabric
I chose a different style of lace that looks more like tulle with a subtle line pattern.  For dramatic effect, I spray painted it black.

Of course, if you already have black lace, use it!  My goal was to use what I have and adapt it to what I want.  If you’ve priced lace, it can add up—and I love having one of a kind pieces.

I stitched the heart applique on the center of the shirt.

Then I downloaded the free design from Kreations by Kara.  It’s on their Freebies page in the 2013 section.  It is the free design for the month of April.  (The file name is Kbkfreeapril2013_abstractlineflowers)

If you examine the free design from Kreations by Kara closely, the shape works as a corner design.   In embroidery software, I rotated the design 90 degrees.  When the design is in this position it reminds me of a fascinator.  I saved the design and printed a template.  I auditioned the template on the still hooped shirt, placing the delicately angled fascinator design on the ‘head’ of the heart applique.

I stitched the design.

I loved how the shirt turned out.  But it needed more.  I used the embroidered Hexagons as a guide to hand sew clear beads to the shirt.  No measuring or marking was needed.  The decorative stitching made it easy to evenly place the beads.  It’s a subtle touch but it elevates the shirt into a different category of “homemade”.


Final Notes:

You could have planned the design layout all at once in software.  But as the opening paragraph explained, sometimes ideas evolve and improve during the process.  If you’re a planner – do what works for you.  Plan and design before taking your first stitch.  If you are a more free-spirited – design-as-you-go type of embroiderer — then continue with your process!  There is not one single “right” method for achieving the desired results.  Have fun!

If you enjoyed this t-shirt tutorial, be sure to pick up the latest issue.  There are additional t-shirts featured.

Become a Social Butterfly!

While my team and I were putting the latest issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery together, an advertisement from Embroidery Online caught my attention.  Did you see it? Here’s a glimpse of the ad from the Mach/April 2016 issue along with a full size stitched butterfly for scale.

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The offer is pretty nifty:  Make a purchase of $49 and receive the #12600 Luminous Freestanding Butterflies for free!  Coupon code:  DIME2016FREE.  Offer ends 4/30/2016. The free collection download will be added to the cart automatically when you enter the code.

I thought it would be fun to try this special offer.  By the end of this article I think you’ll agree, it’s an excellent offer you don’t want to miss.  Purchase some thread, stabilizer or other supplies from Embroidery Online to make the $49 goal.  Enter the coupon code:  DIME2016FREE and you’re on your way to becoming quite the social butterfly!

This will be an ongoing series you’ll see as you flutter through our blog, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages.  Every photo will be tagged #socialbutterfly and you are encouraged to post your creations made from this collection too!

 

 


I have a collection of real butterflies that are framed on my wall at home.  I thought it would be fun to make my own embroidered version and make it look like a preserved ‘specimen’.

I used a Micro font from Inspirations Software to stitch the name on twill tape. Wanting to add some excitement, I used an online translator to convert “embroidered butterfly” to the equivalent in French.  Until these butterfly designs fluttered into my world, I never ventured to embroider text on anything narrow much less in a foreign language.  I’m glad I tried!

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I added a pin to mimic the look of a real specimen.  I glanced through insect collecting pages online and soon discovered there is quite a science to proper display and pinning… which I happily leave to the experts!  For my embroidered butterfly, a regular sewing pin on the body of the butterfly was good enough for me!

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As I posted very limited previews of the embroidered butterflies on my Facebook page for friends to see, I noticed a trend.  My friends are passionate about butterflies!  Sure, they have liked my posts in the past, but butterflies ignite a particular admiration.  Here’s a sampling of my friends’ comments:

“The color possibilities are endless”
“Stunning….these butterflies are so wonderful.”
“I love love love these!!”
“These are amazing!!”

Their reactions inspired me to make a custom butterfly for a friend (she likes purple) and name it after her.

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After stitching the name, I trimmed away the jump stitches then I used scrapbook brads to add a more custom touch to the project.

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Here’s the finished piece!

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When I present the gift to her I will add a little notecard that says:

“I named a butterfly after you!
It’s unique and special just like you!”


Here’s a look at more butterflies I have stitched in just ONE week.  Each is slated for a special use.  To the left you’ll see butterflies getting soaked to remove the water soluble stabilizer – or as I like to put it:  “the butterflies are getting a bath”.  I’ll be sharing how I used the rest of the butterflies throughout our blog and social media pages in the coming days… and weeks… because I’ve discovered it’s super fun to be a #socialbutterfly!

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The next series will be of particular interest to those who collect natural random objects. I’ll show how I used the butterflies in unexpected ways on these objects.  Until then, be sure to visit Embroidery Online to restock your sewing studio with much needed supplies and use code:  DIME2016FREE at checkout.

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