Quick Gifts

A Mended Heart

April 16, 2014
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By Denise Holguin, Managing Editor I found the perfect quote to stitch from one of my favorite authors—Jane Austen. Using the Calligraphy Project Designer, I typed the text, selected the Jester Pro font and created a heart shaped path. Lots of fun! Then I added the decorative embroidery element in the center. Everything was...

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A Tribute to Daisy

April 5, 2014
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by: Denise Holguin Several of my friends have had to say goodbye to their pets due to old age and diminishing health. Dealing with death—even when it involves the 4-legged type or feathered-type isn’t easy. Pets become part of our lives—they become family—and serve as faithful companions. Saying goodbye and dealing with their absence...

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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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An Early Christmas Present

December 18, 2013
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An Early Christmas Present

Last week, I gave myself an early Christmas present – the gift of time to focus on one of Designs’ valued partners. I have to admit, it had been way too long since I had the opportunity to spend such quality time with my friends at BERNINA. They invited me – along with some...

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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

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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What’s with Lower Case Monograms?

October 2, 2013
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You see it everywhere today – lower case monograms catch your eye and make you wonder if it really is a monogram. I think its popularity stems from texting. Many young people will tell you uppercase letters are a waste of time. What’s the point of engaging two fingers to type a letter when...

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Momma’s Embroidered Do-Rag

August 28, 2013
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  It’s Kick-off Day for the Love my Scarf Blog Tour!  September is not only National Sewing Month but it’s also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so join us in making scarves for cancer patients. Our goal is to collect 10,000 scarves – that’s a lot of scarves so we’re going to need your help....

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It’s Cold in Those Chemo Centers

May 22, 2013
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When you have a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer, it leaves many of us feeling helpless – what can you do to support them? Nancy Zieman and I decided to each create a bag stuffed with helpful items that we’d give to someone in treatment for cancer. The bags are a perfect...

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Pick One!

March 5, 2013
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Mary Mulari’s travel designs are fun and fast to stitch and just right for jazzing up some travel accessories.  I think my favorite is Shampoo Girl. Of the six designs shown below, tell us which one is your favorite and you could win a copy of Mary’s book and embroidery collection.  We’ll pick a...

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