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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!”

 

 

Monogram of the Month

Monogram of the Month
By Eileen Roche

EmbroideryArts.com’s Arabesque Monogram Set 9
, candlewick font is elegant and timeless. Imagine it scrolled across the corner of a linen tablecloth, or centered on smooth finish cotton pillow shams. Regardless of where you place it, you’ll be making a statement of ownership.

When working with elegant monograms, experiment with thread colors because subtle changes in value can switch the accent from the letters to the ornamental details. I had fun playing with thread color on these samples.

Depending on the final use, I have learned that my personal preference is to use contrasting thread color for the larger elements – the wing-needle stitches (in the center area of the letter) or satin letter. I’ll keep that in mind when selecting the actual thread color. Most likely, the contrasting thread will coordinate with china for a dining room or wall color in
a bedroom.

Not only does color matter but so does thread weight so it’s important to follow the digitizer’s instructions or intent for best results. A delicate design such as this was digitized for 40 wt. thread. Changing the thread weight to a heavier 30 wt. can result in crowded stitches.

When I stitched the sample below, several thread breaks occurred during the stitching of the white color segment in this sample. The candlewick stitches are too dense for this 30 wt. thread. Although the final candlewick stitches look nice, notice how the travel stitches are not hidden by the gray letter. This is because the white 30 wt. thread is too heavy and pushes away from the digitizer’s original path. If you look closely, you’ll also notice the open centers of the wing-needle stitches are closed – the thread is too thick and completely fills this minute area.

This is a great example of how important (and fun) it is to test embroidery designs. Don’t look at testing as a waste of time, look at it as a learning experience. Every test, every stitch out, should increase your level of confidence and arm you with new information that you can apply to your next project.

Here’s your assignment this week:

When you embroider a monogram, do you favor single-letter, two-letter or three-letter monograms?  Post your comment for a chance to win a copy of Machine Embroidered Monograms for the Home!

The winner of last week’s assignment:

Tell us how you ‘de-stressed’ during the hustle and bustle of the season. Did you sew, watch a movie, sit in front of a Christmas tree or maybe hold a sleeping child in your lap? We’d love to know how you unwind. A lucky winner will win a $30 gift certificate to spend at the DIME store!

The winner is:  Kathy Stoessner! “I de-stressed by planning embroidery projects for the coming month.  I am going to focus on cutwork, a favorite that I rarely do.”

 

Savings Galore!

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Who doesn’t like a bargain? If you scour the pages of the July/August issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine (Volume 75), you’ll find dozens of coupons and specials. I thought I’d do some of the legwork for you and provide the links directly to those sites. So here goes!

Did you know that every time you make a qualified purchase at Planet Applique you receive free appliqué alphabet designs?  Now that’s a real stash builder!  Just visit http://www.planetapplique.com

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With the holiday gift-making season just around the corner, you’ll love the personalized customer service at http://www.discountembroideryblanks.com/ Visit the site to get started on your holiday stitching or call 1-866-210-0072 for more information.

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Visit http://www.digistitches.com/ and sign up for their monthly newsletter – jam-packed with coupon codes, offer and the latest features.  You’ll love receiving those updates in your inbox.

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Get a free fabric bundle just by test-driving the amazing Horizon Memory Craft 12000 at participating Janome dealers. Visit http://janomespecials.com/mc12000/index.htm for more information.

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Check out the latest offerings at http://www.embroideryonline.com I love the fresh, floral linework designs in Doodle Flower Glitz.

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If you’re looking for affordable designs, view John Deer’s collections at http://www.adorableideas.com/ where you’ll find all the information you need on the Ultimate Design Stash Club.

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You just never know what HoopSisters is up to until you visit http://www.hoopsisters.com/ You’ll find tried and true embroidered quilt patterns plus a whole new section titled, Young & Modern.

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If software programs seem overwhelming, visit http://www.buzztools.com and see why they’ve been helping embroiderers since 1997.  There’s a program for everyone – from BuzzXplore to BuzzSize to BuzzEdit.  There are 21-day demos available, tutorials to simplify the learning process and projects.

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ZippyDesignZ is the home of the original Rik Rak Lady and it’s where you’ll find cute designs, in-the-hoop projects and terrific ideas for kids. Visit http://www.zippydesignz.com

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A fast and easy solution to transferring designs from newer Windows computers and MAC is the The Ultimate Box. Learn how easy it is to use this clever tool by visiting http://www.vikant-emb.com

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Here’s the coupon you’ve been waiting for – http://www.embroiderthis.com Save 10% off your order when use coupon DZ75.  Shop now because it will expire on Oct. 31, 2012 – you can even order over the phone – 800-881-8144.

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Having trouble locating designs on your computer?  Install Embrilliance Thumbnailer and you’ll see every one of your designs in their folder – no need to open another program to view the designs. Visit http://www.embrilliance.com to see how it works – on PC and MAC!

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Carry the spirit of the Olympic Games through the remainder of the summer with a USA crystal motif.  Fast and easy to apply, you’ll love the bling and embroidery designs at http://www.CrystalEyeCandy.com

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Save a whopping 20% off your entire order at http://www.EmbroideryGarden.com You’ll find tons of designs – appliqué, in the hoop, designs for Mini LED lights and more. Stop by today and enter your coupon code: EGDME.

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Specializing in sports, mascots, double satin appliqués and more, visit http://www.katelynskreativestitches.com for a unique twist on appliqués. Save 15% when you use coupon code dzgns15 at checkout.

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If you’ve never been to http://www.PicklePieDesigns.com then now is the time. You’ll save 20% off your first order, just enter DIME20 in the coupon field and pocket the savings.

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Loralie is joining the August celebration of National Golf Month with 10% savings on all golf items at http://www.LoralieDesigns.com You can buy entire collections of You Golf Girl! CDs (there are four) or download individual designs. Stitch one of these golf girls and put a smile in your golf game.

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Speaking of celebrations, there’s a really big one going on at Sulky. In honor of their 25th Anniversary, Sulky is launching a sweepstakes. So easy to enter, just Like Sulky on their Facebook page or visit http://www.sulky.com

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Have you seen the new jumbo fonts at EmbroideryArts?  They are divine – lush, historical, modern, Victorian, you name it, you’ll find it. Visit http://www.EmbroideryArts.com and save 30% on ALL products through August 31.

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You’ll find another August blowout at http://www.BunnyCupEmbroidery.com. Deduct 35% off all orders during the month of August!  Stock up now and save big.

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Get your fix on over at http://www.AppliqueJunkie.com and save 30% when you enter DIME in the coupon code.

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Oregon PatchWorks really does have it all – designs for children, teens, fabulous florals, home décor, quilts and apparel. There are thousands of the designs to browse and buy – visit http://www.OregonPatchWorks.com to see current specials and savings.

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Looking for more specials? How about 24 pages of specials? Jump over to http://www.FiveStarFonts.com and click on Specials to see what’s on sale. And if you’re a new customer, just enter coupon dime-july and receive 20% off your first purchase. But hurry, sales ends September 15, 2012.

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The SewphisticatedStitcher.com is a valued partner for locating affordable quality supplies and blanks at competitive prices. Visit http://www.TheSewphisticatedStitcher.com to see what’s new.

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Love not-so scary monsters? Then you’ll definitely fall for the charming characters in the Monster Factory at http://www.urbanthreads.com

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And of course there are more generous folks in the pages of Designs.

http://www.embroitique.com Receive 10% by entering coupon dzgns10 with your order.

http://www.shoppersrule.com is the home of the ‘pick the item, and you pick the price’.

Some are favorite digitizers can be found out

http://www.LunchBoxQuilts.com

http://www.MollyMine.com

http://www.KreationsbyKara.com

http://www.Appliqueforkids.com

http://www.SewAZDesigns.com

http://www.AllAboutBlanks.com for great blanks with flat rate shipping.

This week’s assignment:

The dog days of summer are well under way!  It’s the perfect time to stay out of the heat and spend a little extra time in your sewing room!  Tell us about the embroidery project you are currently working on (or are about to start).  Post your comment for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

What colors would you choose if you were designing your own Stipple Bridge Club quilt? One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to win a Stipple Bridge Club!

The winner is:
Judy Wentz

“I would use a pale yellow or peach for the background of the blocks with purple thread for the background.  I would also use purple fabric for the setting triangles.  I would use a multicolored print with these colors for the hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds.”

 

Redesigning my sewing room!

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In a few months, I’m going to be redesigning my home sewing studio so I’ve been analyzing my behavior when I embroider.  No psychologist required here! It’s very interesting what I’ve learned.  Since I have two sewing rooms – one at home and one in the office, I’ve found my behavior is different in each one.  Let’s take a look at each one and maybe you’ll help me design the best environment for productivity.

At the office, I never sit at my machines. I hoop at a cutting table then attach the hoop to the machine (set at a counter height) and press the start button.  There is no chair by the machine so I move back to my desk and return to office work.  It’s a rather efficient use of my time and energy and if I need to view what’s going on in the hoop, I just have to walk over there and take a peek without sitting down or bending over.

At home, it’s a different story.  I have my embroidery machine sitting on a traditional sewing machine table with a chair in front of it.  I noticed that I too often actually sit at the machine AFTER I attach the hoop and then, actually watch the machine stitch.  That’s a total waste of time in my book. I know, I know, sometimes you HAVE to babysit the machine to get through tricky steps but normally, you can press go and walk away.  So I’ve been training myself to hoop the fabric on the cutting table, walk to the machine, sit down, attach the hoop, press start, get up and move to another activity (there’s always more to do!).  But here’s the part I don’t like, when there’s a problem, I have to go to the machine, sit down so that I’m at hoop level, fix the problem and then move on.  It sure seems more efficient to have the machine at counter height.

What do you think about this?  Do you sit at your machine or stand? If you sit, would you prefer to stand?

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And one more thing, fabric storage.  Is your stash as unwieldy as mine?  Mine always seems to be a tumbling mess. I store my fabric in wire mesh baskets (hanging baskets) or stacked in a bookcase (sorted by color). I have an easier time of sorting my fabrics in the bookcase but the stacks tend to creep over one another (like melting crayons!). It’s colorful but not very tidy.  The baskets are just a mess. I know what’s on top (the latest find!) but who knows what’s buried underneath.  I wish I had small cubbies for folded fabric. How about you? What storage system do you use? What do you wish you had?

That’s a lot of questions for one blog post but I hope you’ll take the time to answer because I need some direction.  Leave your comment and you could win a Snap-Hoop this week.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

We love monograms because you can immediately transform the look of a plain, ordinary blank with embroidered initials, cute words or phrases.  Just like fabric (and chocolate!) you can never have too many monogram designs in your stash to fit the occasion and the type of blank you want to embroider.  That’s why we are thrilled to offer this week’s contest.

Stop by the Embroidery Arts website, peruse the exquisite designs and tell us which monogram style is your favorite and what you would stitch using the designs. THREE random winners will be drawn among all the comments posted on the blog to win a Coupon Code valued at $39.95.  You’ll be able to buy a complete monogram set!

The three winners are:
1.  Gloria:  “I think that the Arabesque would be beautiful monogrammed on a handbag.”

2.  Ruth Robinson:  “I like the Alphabet monogram set. I have a new GREAT Grandson and see many things I could use that on for him!!”

3.  Pat Baker:  Love the Candlewick monogram, would use it on many things, like pillowcases and clothing

Congratulations to our winners!  We are so happy you’ll be able to put the monogram sets to good use!

 

10 Household Tools for the Machine Embroiderer Part 2

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10 Household Tools for the Machine Embroiderer Part 2

We received such a positive response from my recent blog: 12 Household Tools for the Machine Embroiderer that I decided to revisit this subject.

  1. JoAnn Connolly of Garden of Daisies Embroidery thinks craft foam and a cardboard carton are great reusable items to keep your hoops clean when using temporary spray adhesive. To get a custom fit, use your inner hoop as a template. Trace around the inside edge and cut the foam ¼” smaller than the traced line. Leave the foam “whole” so that it will cover the entire hoop when spraying.

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    Place the hoop in the bottom of a deep carton. Place the foam over it before spraying. Pull the carton’s “flaps” in a bit, if possible when spraying, to contain the overspray. Make one for each hoop.

  2. Toilet brush – What’s a toilet brush doing in your sewing room? Scooping up threads from carpeting. When a pristine toilet brush is swept across the carpeting, the bristles easily grab all threads and even pins. Stash it under your sewing desk so a family member doesn’t use it for its original jobEileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
  3. Rubber mallet –  A rubber mallet lets you apply force to grommets, snaps, rivets and the like without damaging the metal parts. Keep it handy in your sewing room.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
  4. Needle nose and flat jaw welding pliers. Needle nose pliers are great for turning small items. I used them all the time when turning tabs for one of my Designer Handbags.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

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    Welding pliers have a 3 ½” wide flat jaw that firmly grasps the corner of a stiffly-interfaced handbag. I don’t have to worry about damaging the fabric by stressing a small area like the needle nose pliers.
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  5. Toothpick. A toothpick is ideal for sewing on buttons by machine. Just place the button over the toothpick to create a ‘thread shank’ when using the button foot and the zigzag stitch with no stitch length.
  6. Lisa Archer from Pickle Pie Designs loves to use Scotch tape for their In the Hoop designs. It’s great for holding fabrics to your stabilizer while your machine stitches each step of the design.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
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  7. Rubber mat for hooping and placing under your machine. I like to use the lines on a cutting mat as reference points when hooping but the hoop slips all over the place on the sleek mat. To avoid this, I cut a hole in a rubberized mat so I can view the cutting mat behind it.  Make one for each of your hoops – you’ll be glad you did.
  8. Nylon cord: a cone of nylon cord is handy when creating ruffles. I like to zigzag (or couch) over the cord when creating long ruffled strips. Just make sure you don’t stitch on the cord.  The nylon glides through the stitches when the cord is pulled on one end.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
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  9. Baker’s Cooling Rack: after stitching lace on water soluble stabilizer, I rinse the lace and place it on a baker’s cooling rack. The air circulates around the lace and speeds the drying process.

  10. Starch – the original stabilizer. Don’t overlook the power of starch when preparing fabrics for embroidery. Soft, supple cottons and linens benefit from a generous spray of starch before adding additional stabilizers for hooping.

This week’s assignment:

We love monograms because you can immediately transform the look of a plain, ordinary blank with embroidered initials, cute words or phrases.  Just like fabric (and chocolate!) you can never have too many monogram designs in your stash to fit the occasion and the type of blank you want to embroider.  That’s why we are thrilled to offer this week’s contest.

Stop by the Embroidery Arts website, peruse the exquisite designs and tell us which monogram style is your favorite and what you would stitch using the designs.  THREE random winners will be drawn among all the comments posted on the blog to win a Coupon Code valued at $39.95.  You’ll be able to buy a complete monogram set!

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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

We’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”  What is your favorite feature on your embroidery machine and why?”

One random winner will be chosen to win a 1 year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery!

The winner is… Barbara!
“Wow!  It’s hard to say — my Brother Duetta does so many things to make embroidery fun, but the memory features (returning to the design after shutoff and stitch count) are the ones that help me most often.  Then there are the placement tools, the jump stitch cutter, the bobbin thread alert system — gosh, looks like I really CAN’T limit myself to one!”

Mark your calendar!
Episode 109 of It’s Sew Easy will begin airing on May 25 at noon. Eileen Roche begins the show with a flower design featuring embroidery for an exclusive fashion statement. Then, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving demonstrate a reverse appliqué technique as an apparel detail. Lastly, Linda Augsburg shows how to make over a favorite t-shirt into a bag, tote, or messenger.


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It’s time to discover great value, special offers and inspiration! (Part 2 of 2)

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Hope everyone had a great week perusing the great offers, special deals and inspiration from the featured advertisers I highlighted in last week’s blog.  If you missed the post click here.

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Let’s take a look at additional freebees, exclusive offers, products and embroidery designs that run the gamut from contemporary to traditional to modern.  One thing is certain:  Machine embroidery is a fulfilling hobby where creativity, design and heart are expressed through stitches and fabric!

Want to save 10% off of your embroidery design purchase at Bunnycup Embroidery?  Just enter the code dime in your cart at http://www.bunnycup.com the savings will be subtracted from your total.  Doesn’t get any easier than that!

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You’ll find one stop shopping at the OregonPatchWorks Mall.  Sprinkled with thousands of premium quality embroidery designs, OPW is your source for all types of designs: floral, juvenile, elegant, quilt, lace and more. Visit http://www.oregonpatchworks.com

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The absolutely last word in elegant lettering is reserved for Embroidery Arts.  You’ll find over 100 historical monogram styles inspired by designs from the Renaissance through the present.  Visit http://www.embroideryarts.com to see the vast collection of letter-perfect monograms.

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So what type of designs are popular with machine embroidery enthusiasts right now?  ZippyDesignZ tells us it’s anything completed in the hoop.  Hot downloads on Zippy’s site right now are Tiny Zip Totes, Cupcake Alpha Hair Clippies, SaniSack and Raggy edge Bibs and Burpies.  Click the link http://www.ZippyDesignZ.com to see what all the fuss is about.

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Can’t get enough of Loralie’s ladies?  Then you’ll love her Sew Florida collection – it’s for all sew birds!  Visit http://www.LoralieDesigns.com to see Loralie’s latest, fun and whimsical collection.

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Everyone loves savings so I’m sure you’ll love Pickle Pie Designs’ 20% savings off your first order. Just use coupon code DIME20 to get yours!  Visit http://www.picklepiedesigns.com

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Luscious embroidery designs await all Designs readers at Molly Mine Embroidery Machine Designs.  You’ll spot teddy bears, crazy quilt blocks, detailed flowers and novelty alphabet appliqué designs.  Stop by http://www.mollymine.com to view the collections.

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It you’re more in tune to upscale interiors (and fashions!) then you’ll love the trendy Damask Etchings by OESD.  You’ve seen this look in many high-end catalogs and now you can duplicate it on your own embroidery machine.  See the awesome collection at http://www.embroideryonline.com

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Here’s another 20% coupon for you!  Use the code: 20DIME73 in the shopping cart of http://www.sealedwithastitch.com and you’ll save on appliqué and in-the-hoop projects.

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Don’t limit yourself to embroidery design-only websites.  You’ll find so much more at http://www.SWAKembroidery.com.  There are free video tutorials, project ideas and how-to instructions in addition to adorable embroidery designs.  There’s so much to learn at SWAK Embroidery.

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Recently I visited with Susan Mars in her AllAboutBlanks booth at Sew Expo.  I LOVE walking into that booth!  Everything is so fresh, pristine and just begging for adornment! But you don’t have to travel across the country to get that same feeling – just stop by http://www.AllAboutBlanks.com to see their latest offerings. You’ll find great prices on market totes, linen tea towels, coasters, cosmetic bags and more – lots more! Plus there is just one flat rate on shipping in the US – just $3.85. What a deal!

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I want to encourage my blog readers to say hello to Angie at Lunch Box Quilts.  A new advertiser here at Designs, Lunch Box Quilts has some of the most innovative machine embroidered quilt patterns in the industry. You know how hard it is to make something that appeals to men, well, Angie has the answer.  Her quilt pattern titled, Trout, is one cool quilt.  Just jump over to http://www.LunchBoxQuilts.com and scroll through the Embroidery Applique Quilts under Products.

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Quick, easy and simple is what I’m always looking for when I think of stitching for kids. Apparently, I’m not alone.  You’ll find age- and effort-appropriate machine embroidery appliqués at http://www.appliqueforkids.com

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You’ll be surprised by the variety of designs at http://www.KreationsbyKara.com. Kara offers trendy sugar skulls, traditional florals, enticing butterflies and whimsical characters.  The new website offers new freebies every month so bookmark it and visit often.

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If bling is your thing then don’t miss http://www.CrystalEyeCandy.com You can order crystals, pearls, buttons and beads, join a club, learn how to ‘Dot to Dot’ and ‘Crystal to Crystal’ and see new ways to add some sparkle to your life (well, okay, to your projects. You have to start somewhere!).

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Katelyn’s Kreative Stitches offers fresh, contemporary appliqué designs. Scroll through the selections, make your picks and enjoy 15% savings when you purchase at http://www.KatelynsKreativeStitches.com Remember to enter code dzgns15.

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Hoop Sisters is at it again – another popular quilt, Snail’s Trail.  You’ll love the innovative, work-as-you-go technique that the sisters have developed. If you haven’t tried one yet, now’s the time. And if you’re already a loyal fan – then hop on the latest project!  Visit http://www.HoopSisters.com to see multiple versions of this winner.

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Keep your expenses under control and shop at The Sewphisticated Stitcher. You’ll find quality supplies and blanks at affordable prices.  http://www.TheSewphisticatedStitcher.com

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If you’re a MAC user (or just upgraded your Windows OS) then it might be time to look at The Ultimate Box, a transfer and conversion system for most machines.  You’ll love the simplicity of this helpful auxiliary tool. Visit http://www.vikant-emb.com for more information.

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Cross Stitch Fans rejoice!  Sudberry Embroidery is giving you a free embroidery design when you join their Yahoo Group.  Click for a fast download: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SudberryEmbroidery/join

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Check out the new freebies at Stunning Stitches: http://www.StunningStitches.com

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Visit http://www.SewSpecial.com to see stunning lace designs from Criswell Embroidery & Design. Click around and you might land on Kerrin’s blog. Great tips on lace-making and cutwork.

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Expect great designs at prices you can afford at http://www.PlatinumEmbroidery.com  You’ll find designers such as Madsen Originals, Snow Lady Designs, A Design by Lyn and Young at Heart.

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Best sellers at http://www.GGDesignsEmbroidery.com are Scallop Owl Applique, Bunny Felt Stitchies (in the hoop) and Princess Crown Clippie Keeper Felt Stitchies (in the hoop).  Click on over and see what all the fuss is about.

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Kandi Christian over at http://www.SewTimeless.com is feeling generous to all Designs readers right now. Just mention DIME at checkout and she’ll place an additional free CD (of her choice) in your order!

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Hope Yoder’s website puts a smile on your face.  Click here to get your smile: http://www.HopeYoder.com She’s got you covered with button cover-ups, sewing patterns, instant download embroidery designs, project CDs and more.

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Meet Oma, a 63-year old grandmother, devoted to her family, faith and machine embroidery!  Her devotions shine through in all of her designs, take a look at http://www.OmasPlace.com

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Only a short time left to capture 10% savings at http://www.EmbroiderThis.com If you can stitch on it, you can probably find it at Embroider This.

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Visit http://www.NancyPrince.com to see a new adventure in machine embroidery.  You’ll be amazed at what your machine can do!

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http://www.SewAZDesigns.com is a treasure trove of machine embroidery designs.  Everything from angel designs to Hawaiian quilt blocks to tote bags with a lot of in-the-hoop in between!

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This week’s assignment:

What an inspiring individual we have in this week’s winner!  Linda Turner took an idea (the “Read” bags featured in Volume 64 Sept/Oct 2010) then put the idea into action.  She inspired others to join in a unique endeavor to stitch hundreds of “Read” bags for a children’s reading program.

Share your stories of how you have put your sewing, machine embroidery or crafting skills into action for someone in need.  Post a comment for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

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

It’s hard to believe we are 73 issues strong!  Every issue is near and dear to our hearts as if they were our own children.  Each project has special meaning and significance because they represent writers who love to create and design for you!  You, our readers also love to create, design and to be inspired.  When you look at it this way, machine embroidery isn’t such a solitary act!

Tell us what your favorite project is from any issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  One random comment will be the lucky winner of an autographed copy of Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche.

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We randomly selected the following winner…Linda Turner!
“My very favorite project would be “The READ” bag featured in the 2010 Fall issue of your magazine.  The first “READ” bag was made for a special young lady’s 4th birthday.  I filled her “READ” bag with books so she could read to her parents and her little brother.  She loved, loved, loved it!  In fact, her mother said she even slept with the bag! I am a retired teacher and I work part-time at Zede’s Sewing Studio in Columbia, Missouri.  Last spring, we decided to make “READ” bags for the children in the JUMPSTART Reading Program because the “READ” bag had been such a hit for my young friend. Customers and staff at Zede’s made about 250 “READ” bags. The bags were filled with books and given to students at the end of the school year. This year we talked about just buying a bag for the books and donating them to JUMPSTART for the students.  Mallory, store manager, met with the JUMPSTART personnel to discuss the project.  They loved the “READ” bags we had made so much that they almost begged for us to do the same thing again this year!  How could Mallory say no to that??  Once again, we(staff and customers of Zede’s) are making 250 “READ” bags for students in the JUMPSTART Program.  This has been such a neat project and it was all because I subscribed to such a fantastic magazine!  Thank you!” – Linda Turner

 

 

More than 12 days of Christmas Savings!

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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.

 

Embroider This!

Let’s start with http://www.EmbroiderThis.com Just type in coupon code DZ71 when you checkout and you’ll received 10% off your entire order. How cool is that? You can stock up on blanks for the next few months and stretch your savings over the winter.

Embroitique

Coupon code winter11 will put 10% back in your pocket when you checkout at Embroitique.com. Enjoy their trendy offering of appliqué designs, in-the-hoop projects and more.

Thread Art

Looking to stock up on embroidery and crafting supplies, then stop by http://www.threadart.com and save 10% off your online order when using coupon DME1010.

 

Katelyn's Kreative Stitches

The stakes get a little higher over at http://www.KatelynsKreativeStitches.com You’ll enjoy 15% off when you enter code dzgns15. Look for sweet, simple designs that stitch up in a flash.

 

Sudberry House

Grab an adorable and timeless free cross stitch design at http://www.machineCrossStitch.com when you join the Yahoo Group at Sudberry House.

 

Sealed With A Stitch

Act now so you can enjoy 20% savings at http://www.SealedWithAStitch.com The coupon code DIME20OFFND expires December 20, 2011.

 

Fun Stitch

If you’re charmed by the elf hat alphabet over at http://www.FunStitch.com then act now and use coupon code DIME20 to receive 20% off your order. Of course, you don’t have to settle on the alphabet, there are tons of designs to browse – and purchase!

 

DigiStitches

No reason to wait any longer to make your first purchase at http://www.digistitches.com. Act now and deduct 20% off your first purchase; coupon code: DIME20.

 

Five Star Fonts

A huge selection of fonts awaits you at http://www.FiveStarFonts.com. First-time buyers get a 20% discount off their purchase – see website for details.

 

Pickle Pie Designs

Newbies at http://www.PicklePieDesigns.com also will receive 20% off their first order with coupon code DIME20.

 

Needleheads

Check out Monogram Wizard’s new online alphabet store at http://www.needleheads.com.  Enter coupon code: DesignsFall on your first order and you’ll save 20%!

 

GG Designs Embroidery

GG Designs Embroidery is extending a big welcome to first time shoppers. Just enter coupon code: DIME and enjoy 25% off when shopping at http://www.ggDesignsEmbroidery.com

 

Embroidery Arts

Best bargain on the web this month goes to http://www.EmbroideryArts.com. The industry’s go-to-source for elegant, historical and hip fonts is sharing the wealth with you this month.   Slash 30% off your entire purchase at the checkout!  You can buy one letter, two letters, entire fonts or tons of fonts but you’ll enjoy 30% off the whole month.

Designs in Machine Embroidery is even jumping into the holiday savings spirit with a $5.00 coupon off any Designs product. Just enter mistletoe when you check out. http://www.dzgns.com

Let’s not just focus on web savings – there are tons of deals in your local sewing machine dealer.  Many have holiday discounts but here’s some serious savings from machine manufacturers.

 

Baby Lock

You (or Santa) can save up to $500 instantly on a new Baby Lock machine. Visit http://www.babylock.com for more details.

 

Brother

Brother has extended their Black Friday rebate offer until December 11th so hurry into your local Brother dealer to take advantage of this special offer, right now.

 

Pfaff

Have you had your eye on the Pfaff quilt expression™ 4.0?  There’s a $200.00 mail-in rebate that expires soon – December 15th.  Log on to http://www.pfaffusa.com and click on the Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find sales announcements plus Pfaff has something new for you every day until Christmas Eve – from valuable sewing tips to downloadable gifts.  How cool is that?

 

Husqvarna Viking

Our friends at http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us have new monthly specials every month but right now through December 15, you can enjoy a $500 manufacturer rebate plus a two-piece luggage set.  Hurry, the deal changes monthly!

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

If you’ve been browsing the pages of Designs Nov/Dec. 2011 issue, you’re probably wondering what happened to Platinum Embroidery’s ad on page 81. It wasn’t a typo, Platinum Embroidery wanted their ad displayed in that manner. Tell me what was different about their ad and you could win a $35.00 gift certificate to Designs’ website. Hope you win!

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We have lots of winners to announce this week!  4 Winners will receive $25 Gift Certificates to spend on SWAKembroidery.com and 1 luck winner will receive Designer Handbags!

The FOUR winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question: Christmas decorations and ornaments can evoke warm memories of childhood. What’s your favorite motif? Is it a star, reindeer, Santa, snowflakes or a menorah? Do you have a central theme running through your holiday decorations? Share your thoughts and you could be one of four lucky winners this week. What’s the prize? FOUR lucky winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from SWAKembroidery.com!

And the FOUR lucky winners are….
Winner 1:  Donna G. “Most of our decorations are those that have been handed down through the family, or are handmade. It makes for eclectic decor, but great holiday traditions and memories!”

Winner 2.  Beth R. “I love snowflakes, especially free-standing lace ornaments.  But then again, I love any ornament – the only theme that my decorations follow is ‘most anything (within reason) goes!”

Winner 3.  Tammy: “I am addicted to SWAK embroidery!!!  I have been coveting that mitten!   I LOVE Angels of any shape or size!!!  They are my favorite Christmas motif — Santas come in a close 2nd!!!!!”

Winner 4.  Doree Shandera: “My favorite ornaments are nativity scene ones. We have collected several over the years. Next favs are all the ornaments our 4 kids have made over the years.  We put them all on and have many fond memories.”

Congratulations to everyone!

Last Friday we posted a blog on Designer Handbags and asked the following question:
Want to win a copy of Designer Handbags? Just post a comment to tell me which of the fabric choices, Group A, B, C or D, shown above, did Nancy select for the taping and you could be the winner. The winner will be announced December 7, 2011

And the winner is…. Carol Morrow.   She correctly guessed Group C.  Congratulations Carol!

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Don’t forget to watch the Nancy’s television episode featuring Designer Handbags online by visiting http://www.nancyzieman.com.

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Royal Monograms

I’m not really a news junkie but you’d have to be living in a cave to miss the hype on the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton. In case you don’t know, the nuptials will occur on April 29th. So it seems the perfect time to address monograms – royal monograms.

I did a bit of research and learned that royal tradition puts the groom’s first name initial, first, followed by the bride’s first name initial which, in this case, would be WC, the abbreviation for Water Closet. Because of that unseemly reference, the young couple has bucked tradition and is using CW for horizontal monograms and a stacked monogram (C above the W) on vertical monograms.

Of course where there is hype, you will usually find commemorative items. The Royal Palace is no different. The Royal Collection has launched an official range of china to mark the forthcoming wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton. The English fine bone china set displays a delicate C centered vertically between a W and a crown.

I’ve also spotted some ‘unofficial’ souvenirs such as this gorgeous decorative plate.

And a pill box by Wedgewood which is sticking with tradition and ignoring any unintentional reference.

Since monogramming is a subject dear to embroiderers’ hearts, I decided to go to our industry’s leader in historic lettering, Richards Jarden, owner of EmbroideryArts, for his view on the couple’s monogram. EmbroideryArts’ website states, “The Gold standard for monograms in the embroidery industry.” If you need a machine embroidery font that stitches brilliantly, they are your go-to source.

I was interested in Richards’ approach to the royal monogram because of his expertise in lettering and his personal style. He is a contemplative person and approaches tasks with curiosity. And he usually knows where to go for the answers. In this case, he had an email exchange with Helen Faulkner – wife of David Beevers, the Keeper of the Royal Pavillion, Brighton and learned that there has been no official announcement on the bucking of tradition for the couple’s monogram.

Richards stated, “The intertwined monogram on the Royal Wedding commemorative items for sale is fine – stately, traditional, serious.

No one asked me to design one for them, but if I did it would be interesting to try to incorporate some aspects of the couple themselves:

* She: a regular person, college graduate, has worked as an accessories buyer in the clothing industry. Fashion conscious, fashion icon. 5’10” tall.

* He: a member of the British Royal Family, Kings and Queens for the past 1140 years.
College graduate. President of the Football Association, the governing body of English professional soccer. 6’3″ tall.

Overall, a vertical monogram seems appropriate. The initial C comes from our Arabesque Monogram Set 7 – symmetrical, graceful, with a stylish but not too feminine quality.  The W comes from our Diamond Monogram Set 6 – balanced, traditional with a modern, tall stature.  The crown is from another source.”

As embroiderers we are often asked to create monograms for engaged couples. It is our duty to help the couple select their style and critique any improper message the newly-combined initials may portray. Every couple’s monogram is important and will be reflective of their style for many years to come, so take some time to create a beautiful stamp.

For instance, a young conservative English couple, Kevin and Olivia, may need some guidance when selecting their machine embroidery monogram. As OK is probably not a combo they want to see splashed on every towel, plate and glass in their home. A little creative machine embroidery layout is required here to come up with an appropriate monogram for them. Here’s a few suggestions:

I always take into consideration the 6 F’s of monogramming: Fabric, Fit, Feel, Format, Font and Finish. Not every font will work on every fabric, fit in every space, portray the right mood and send the right message. Take your time and use exceptional lettering – it’s worth it!

Have you had to create challenging machine embroidery monogram? Share your dilemma with us.

Last week we asked why you needed a vacation.  The winner of the tote bag full of spa essential items from Discount Embroidery Blanks is…Margaret Grice!

“I NEED a vacation beacuse I am a fifth grade teacher and anyone who has had a fifth grader knows the trial and troubles of the end of the fifth grade year. Hormones are running rampant and they are ready for the end of the year. Only good thing is I get end of year too and I will have more time to sew and embroidery. Help!”

Congratulations, Margaret!