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Great Grandma’s Linens

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By Denise Holguin
Managing Editor

Where do you find inspiration?  Oftentimes it’s right under my nose—or in this example, in my kitchen drawer!

This flour sack towel was hand stitched by my great grandmother.  My mother gave it to me when I moved into my first home years ago.  The simplicity and the cheerful colors make the towel charming!

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While it’s hand stitching, there are similar designs you can machine embroider.  Take a look at what I uncovered on the web.

Sunbonnet Sue Collection from Amazing Designs

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ABC (#CK108) from Embroidery Online

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Days of the Week Tea Time Birds (Vintage) from Embroidery Library

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Little Fisherman Redwork from Bunnycup Embroidery

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Need linens?  Check out these resources:

Ultra Premium Flour Sack Towel from Embroider This!

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100% Cotton Kitchen & Tea Towels from The Sewphisticated Stitcher

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Here’s your assignment this week:
What vintage goodies from your grandmother, great-grandmother or other special family member do you have tucked away?  It’s time to pull the linens out and use them as inspiration!  For those feeling especially social, take a photo and post to our Facebook page!  (No worries, everyone who just posts a comment on the blog has a chance to win!)One comment will be randomly selected and will win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.Designs in Machine Embroidery Shopping Spree

 

 

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:
How would you use the Wild Side Alphabet? One random comment will be chosen to receive the Perfect Towel Kit. The Perfect Towel Kit will help you produce flawless monograms on towel sets every time!Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogThe winner is:  Lynn Harris!  “Shades of brown on oatmeal aida cloth.”
Congratulations, Lynn!

 

 


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Monogram of the Month – May

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Embroidery Library’s Wild Side Alphabet a contemporary font with a bit of an edgy look. I love the nifty filigree background. Its scale sets the stage for the robust serif letter. At first glance, the letter appears to have four colors: the background scroll work, the letter’s fill, the satin accents on the curves and the shading run stitches at the letter’s edge. In reality, the fill and satin accents are the same thread color but they appear to be two shades because of the direction of the fill and the satins’ elements.

As the satin accents curve and taper along the edge of the letter, light plays off those curves and allows the satin stitches to ‘pop’ or separate from the neighboring flat, fill stitches. It’s a modern approach to a traditional design – lettering and displays excellent use of digitizing skills. MayMono2-jpg

Best as a single initial monogram, the font would need some tweaking if you’re determined to use it in a three initial monogram. Let’s take a look.

When arranged in a row to kern the letters as close as possible, the filigree elements overlap unpleasantly. Mono3

When separated to avoid that, the letters are too far apart. Mono4

A logical next step would be to eliminate the filigree on the flanking letters and resize the two outside letters. mono5

This 3-initial monogram works but I like the stand-alone, single-initial best. I think my favorite feature in the font is the shading run stitches – they give the appearance of wood carving – it’s a fun approach to a traditional embroidery application.

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

How would you use the Wild Side Alphabet? One random comment will be chosen to receive the Perfect Towel Kit. The Perfect Towel Kit will help you produce flawless monograms on towel sets every time!

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The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Look carefully at the image below. Can you help this clown find his beloved dog?

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One correct answer will be chosen to receive Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs by Eileen Roche and Nancy Zieman. Good luck!

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And the winner is…Sharyn. “It is on the right side of the collar.”


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Spring Roses By Lorraine Allen

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Note from Eileen:

A big welcome to guest blogger Lorraine Allen! Many of you may remember Lorraine when she worked in customer service here at Designs.  Now she’s living in Utah and is definitely missed in Dallas. Since I’m on my honeymoon I thought I’d let Lorraine share an easy t-shirt makeover. It’s so simple you can do this right now and wear it tonight! Just grab a tee from your closet, your favorite outline embroidery design and some crystals and you’re on your way to a creative way to spend the day.  This is an opportunity to master a technique—whether it’s growing in confidence with layout and design, placing templates, stitching on knits—or all of the above!  The whole point of machine embroidery is to have fun.

Embroidery Products

Inky Rose Border (#3629) from Embroidery Library http://www.emblibrary.com

Embroidery editing software

Materials

Printed template of design

Polymesh fusible stabilizer

Water soluble adhesive stabilizer

Pink cotton t-shirt – or color of your choice

Straight pins

Repositionable tape

4” embroidery hoop

12” of yellow ribbon for embellishment

Hot fix crystals (optional)

Step 1. Print Design Templates

Open the design in editing software. Print several templates of the design. I used 6 templates for a size medium shirt.

Step 2. Arrange Templates on T-Shirt

Use removable tape to arrange the templates on your t-shirt so they cascade from the right shoulder to the left hip. When you are pleased with the layout, put pins in the center of each template to hold it more securely during hooping.

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Step 3. Fabric Preparation

Turn the t-shirt inside out. Cut and place strips of no-show fusible mesh stabilizer over the templates on the wrong side of the t-shirt. Following manufacturer’s directions, press stabilizer to secure it in place.

Step 4. Embroidery

Load the embroidery design into the machine.

Leave the t-shirt inside out. This will make it easier to hoop and handle while embroidering.

Hoop pressure-sensitive stabilizer, keeping the paper side up. Use a pin to score the paper. Remove the paper from the center of the embroidery hoop.

Starting with the design on the right shoulder, position the t-shirt wrong side down the hooped stabilizer so that the cross hair on the first template aligns with the center of the hoop. Use your hands to smooth and adhere the t-shirt to the hooped stabilizer.

Nest the t-shirt around the template to make a little donut. Below is a picture of a different t-shirt to illustrate the tech­nique.

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Attach the hoop to the machine. Center the needle over the crosshair and make necessary adjustments.

Remove the template from the design being stitched. Fold back and secure the remaining templates to keep them out of the sewing field. Stitch the first design.

Once the design is stitched, remove the hoop from the machine. Remove the stabilizer from the hoop. Gently tear away the pressure sensitive stabilizer. To avoid breaking stitches, hold onto the stitched design as you tear away the stabilizer.

To stitch the next design, smooth the next template back into position and make sure it is aligned with the stitched design.

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When you are satisfied with the alignment, turn the shirt inside out again. Hoop another piece of pressure-sensitive stabilizer and repeat the steps above to embroider the second design.

Repeat this process until all designs are stitched.

To give the illusion that the embroidery goes across the body and ties at the side, I added a ribbon at the bottom left side seam.

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Add crystal or silver stud embellishments to complete the look.

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This week’s assignment:

We LOVE bling and we want to hear from all of you that also LOVE bling!  This week we will give away FOUR Crystal Eye Candy kits courtesy of Design by Dawn.  Tell us what you would embellish with your own set of crystals.  Four random winners will be drawn and will win one Kit listed below.

Prizes include:
Tropical Kit
Light Kit
Winter Kit
Sweet Kit

Each kit includes 480 crystals– all neatly organized in a handy container.  Talk about beautiful, sparkly eye-candy!  Plus, you’re getting nothing but the best!  All crystals are Crystallized(TM) Swarovski Elements.

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

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 is…Connie W.

“A couple years ago our Friday night craft class took on the project of sewing pillowcases and donating them to childrens’ hospitals. It was lots of fun putting them together, using all kinds of fun fabrics for kids of all ages. Being able to give to others is always a great feeling!”

 


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It’s time to discover great value, special offers and inspiration! (Part 1 of 2)

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What makes the machine embroidery industry one of the most enjoyable and inspiring hobbies?  It’s made up of real people who love the art, craft and sheer joy of machine embroidery and it shines through with the products and services they have to offer.

Let’s take a tour of the highlights from the current issue, Volume 73 March/April 2012.

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Planet Applique – wow!  Free alphabet appliqué designs with every order. Visit http://www.PlanetApplique.com to see their adorable, affordable and to-die-for appliqué designs.

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Discount Embroidery Blanks has cozies, market totes, notebooks, key fobs, bath items…. Come to think of it there’s definitely something for everyone at http://www.DiscountEmbroideryBlanks.com

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It’s going to be another Flip Flop summer at DigiStitches.  Sign up for their newsletter and receive special coupon codes and offers to last you all summer long.  Visit today at http://www.DigiStitches.com

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iBroidery.com – Brother’s embroidery download center is at your fingertips – 24/7.  Find Disney, Disney-Pixar and more – only at http://www.iBroidery.com Over 5,000 designs are a click away and there’s no need to purchase an entire collection. Look for Brother Sews on Facebook, You Tube and Twitter.

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Love quilting with your embroidery?  Then you’re going to love Anita Goodesign’s Mix & Match Quilting.  Visit http://www.anitagoodesignonline.com for more information. While there, check their schedule – they just might be coming to a local dealer near you.

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Trade-In and Trade-Up with Pfaff’s National Software Trade-In Event. Check out how versatile 5D™ Embroidery System is – works with any brand of machine.  You could receive up to a $400 rebate when you trade-in and trade-up!  Visit http://www.pfaffusa.com or call 1-800-997-3233.

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Start a new journey with Janome’s Horizon Memory Craft 12000, it’s a perfect blend of advanced technology and signature ease-of-use all wrapped up in Janome’s superior stitch quality.  Visit http://www.HorizonMemoryCraft12000.com today to begin your creative journey.

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Want to stitch something different? Then http://www.urbanthreads.com  is for you. Urban Threads has put an edge into machine embroidery that appeals to a broad range of embroiderers.  Looking for something for that hard-to-buy-for 20-something?  Look no further – Urban Threads is your answer.  And I’ll bet you find something for yourself that you can’t live without! Urban Threads is not just for the young stitcher, it’s for all embroiderers.

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How does Embroidery Library do it?  They keep coming up with fresh ideas at low prices, tons of choices, a bevy of stitch knowledge all wrapped into one great world-wide community of machine embroiderers.  Visit, browse and shop – you’ll be entranced with this site http://www.EmbLibrary.com

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Feeling lucky?  Enter a once-in-a-lifetime contest at http://www.Sulky.com The winner will join Fred and Joyce Drexler, co-founders of Sulky of America (and one of the industry’s most charming couples) on an all-expense paid trip for two to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Wow!  Just like Sulky on Facebook to enter, http://www.facebook.com/sulkyofamerica

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It’s not too late to join Martha Pullen’s 2012 Internet Embroidery Club.  You’ll enjoy a value of over $700 in goodies for your one-time annual membership fee of $59.00  You’ll find tons of uses for the free-standing lace ornaments, 6 alphabet appliqué sets, in the hoop projects, vintage reproduction designs, shadow work and more.  Click over to http://iec.marthapullen.com/ to sign up today.

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Looking for a user-friendly auto-digitizing software?  Then take a look at Buzz2Stitches® at http://www.BuzzTools.com Buzz says it’s as simple as Ready, Set, Go! A program wizard guides you through simple choices and automatically turns your artwork into beautiful stitches.

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The search is over when you install Embrillance Thumbnailer.  This nifty (and priced-so-right) software program turns all of your embroidery designs into images – or thumbnails as they’re called in the graphics world.  You won’t waste any more time digging around computer files to locate your embroidery designs.  Now you’ll spot them in a flash.  What a time saver! http://www.embrilliance.com

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One dilemma we all have is what to do with that pretty embroidery collection we just purchased?  Project inspiration awaits you at http://www.NancysNotions.com. Enter DMEMAR2012 in the keyword search box and the vault opens for you.  You’ll find dozens of embroidery projects such as quilts, jackets, shirts, home décor accessories to quick start your creative process.

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Easy Easter projects are waiting for you at Five Star Fonts and if you’re a first-time buyer, you’ll enjoy 20% off of your first order. Just type dime-mar in the coupon box and you’ll be all set. But hurry up – the coupon expires on May 15, 2012. http://www.FiveStarFonts.com

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I know what you’re thinking!  You need a little time to take all this in!  Enjoy your week perusing the websites and stop by next Wednesday for Part 2!

 

This week’s assignment:

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.

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

As I mentioned in this blog, the pincushions are so addicting to make. There are endless variations you can come up with. Now think back on all the embroidery projects you have made. Is there a project that comes to mind that was so much fun and addicting to make you had to make more… and more?
Post a comment for a chance to win the book, Machine Embroidered Monograms for the Home.

Machine Embroidered Monograms for the Home includes a CD with embroidery designs– including alphabets and frames that you can use to personalize everything for your home. (Yet a wonderful new addiction!)

The winner is… 

Charlotte Brincat!

“I would have to say In The Hoop pouches.  I have made so many of them. I might never have tried them because of the fear of messing up the zipper. Now I always have extras done up because they make such great little gifts :)

 

Congratulations Charlotte!


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How to Embroider on Minky

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How to Embroider on Minky

Do you love the feel of Minky but have been afraid to add embroidery to this luscious fabric? Its cuddly-soft texture, stretchy give and lush fibers tend to scare the most courageous embroiderers. But don’t worry; it’s fairly easy to tame Minky. Let me show you how.

First, select a ball-point needle to handle the job of slipping the thread between the fibers not slicing into the stretchy fibers. A 80/12 ball point will handle most Minky jobs.

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Eliminate the stretch during the hooping process by pressing a fusible polymesh (permanent cut-away) to the wrong side of the design area. Most fusible cutaways require a rather low iron temp so harm to the Minky is minimal. Of course, it’s always wise to test first. Make sure the stabilizer extends beyond the hoop.

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Select the correct design for the fabric. Just because you want a design to work, doesn’t mean it will! Designs with delicate running stitch outlines such as this Brother Quattro built-in design are not appropriate for Minky.

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Look for designs that have a complete fill (that doesn’t mean bullet-proof embroidery) that will hold down Minky’s nap with some open areas to let the fabric relax. This rose damask design from Embroidery Library is good example of a design appropriate for Minky.

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Here’s a fun Steam Punk design from OESD. Unfortunately, only part of this design would work on Minky. Save this for t-shirts, broadcloth and denim.

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Other possibilities for Minky include appliqué and embossed designs.

Select lettering with generous satin columns that will stand up and cover the Minky. The image below are two excellent examples of lettering for Minky (Floriani software).

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The lettering shown here is too delicate for Minky. The opening in the Y on the left is completely closed while the running stitches on the sample on the left will be invisible once the water soluble stabilizer is washed away.


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If possible, edit the design in software and add extra underlay to hold down the nap. Or consider placing a crisp tear-away on top of the fabric to receive the fill stitches then tear it off before adding the final details and outlines. If using this method, select a white tear-away for light colored thread and a black tear-away for dark thread. The stabilizer will blend into the background fabric. For instance, if you’re stitching Santa’s beard on red Minky, place a piece of white tear-away over the design area. Stitch the fill stitches of the beard then tear it away before completing the beard.

A water soluble lightweight film-type of stabilizer on top of the fabric will help keep a design crisp. Just tear it off after all embroidery is complete.

Select a hoop that is the appropriate size for the design. I use Magna-Hoop for all appliqué designs on Minky and Snap-Hoop for all other designs. The flat magnetic hoop inserts and hoops leave the Minky with no visible hoop burn – a real bonus with this stretchy fabric.

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Finally, keep your bobbin area clean. Minky tends to shred and build up in the bobbin case can occur much faster than other fabrics. This shredding is why I try to avoid spray adhesive when embroidering on Minky. Imagine the mess you can make with the adhesive, Minky lint and the speed of your embroidery machine. Kind of makes me shudder.

Each embroidery project you tackle is a challenge that you can overcome. Just use some common sense, pull from your past experiences (okay, mistakes – heavens knows, I’ve made hundreds!), take a deep breath and move forward. Remember, it’s just fabric and thread, not muscle and bone.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell me about an embroidery project you are most proud of accomplishing. TWO lucky individuals will win the Crazy Quilt Series 1 (in 4 sizes!) courtesy of Molly Mine.

This is a series of 20 blocks in 4” x 4”, 5” x 5”, 6” x 6” and 8” x 8” sizes. All blocks and sizes are included and all blocks are completely embellished! Simple applique designs that need no turning or ironing!

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

Tell me what you like best about attending embroidery events and you could win a one-year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery.

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The winner is…Anna Cameron!

“It’s the atmosphere and exciting hum of the place. Its is so easy to talk to the other ladies or gentlemen because you know you have one thing in common.” – Anna Cameron

 


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We have a backup plan if Santa does not deliver the goods.

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Don’t leave it up to Santa to deliver the goods you want this year!  Take advantage of your last chance to win some some unbelievable prizes!  All it takes are four simple steps to enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. All you have to do is ‘like us’ on Facebook (http://www.dzgns.com/facebook). Post a photo on the Designs in Machine Embroidery Facebook page showing your winning smile while holding any copy of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. You can have a lot of fun with this – shoot it in your sewing room, in front of your favorite embroidery project, at your local dealer or buried in your favorite stash!Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
Tag Designs in Machine Embroidery in your photos, add a caption to your photo and consider yourself entered to win over $6000 worth of prizes – including the grand prize a Koala studio. You’ll find a ton of prizes from Klasse, Sulky, Creative Options, Clover, Madeira, Embroidery Library, Urban Threads, Oliso and Baby Lock.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog You have 19 chances to win. The top prize is a Koala Studio and you get to choose the style and color you want. Next, there’s a Madeira Thread Chest (fully stocked with 194 spools and Amazing Designs embroidery collections) followed by the Incredible Threadable Embroidery Box, a nifty double-duty thread storage system full of 80 spools plus bobbin thread.
Baby Lock has so generously contributed a machine trolley and trolley tote for hitting the road with your machine. Have you had your eye on that too-hot-to handle Oliso Smart Iron Pro? You might just win it if you enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. If you do take home the Smart Iron you’ll find it’s not too hot to handle, in fact it’s quite cool. It’s a high tech iron that activates with the touch of your hand.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog If you’re a Sulky fan, you’ll be glad to know you might win Sulky’s Embroidery Starter Collection with 27 of the most used 40 wt. rayon colors stashed in a Slimline Storage Box.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Two lucky winners will enjoy $100 shopping spree coupons from two of our favorite design companies: Embroidery Library and Urban Threads.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Of course, what’s a sewing contest without some much-needed tools? Our friends at Floriani have donated Floriani’s Favorite Embroidery Tools Kit which includes EZ Snips, angled tweezers, 4 ½” large ring micro tip scissors, appliqué scissors and 5” straight trimmers.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog Hoping to win an heirloom to pass on to the next generation? The Nantucket Sewing Basket from Sudberry House could be yours. You’ll treasure the American dark walnut and maple dowel inlay on the lid and basket base.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog We all need something to stitch on and many of us turn to The Sewphisticated Stitcher for fun and funky blanks. They have contributed a Dream Bundle of Blanks that includes a sport bottle, damask apron, damask print canvas bag, zebra print mouse pad and a laptop sleeve – all tucked into the collapsible (and embroiderable!) Market Basket.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogTo round out the prizes you’ll find Designs’ bundle of Stipple! Collections, Designer Necklines and two one-year subscriptions; Clover’s Mini-Iron and Stack ‘n Stitch Thread Tower; Creative Options Craftician Bag and Klasse’s Embroidery Needle Value pack. Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

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Hurry!  The contest ends December 31, 2011.  To show our gratitude for your entry, we’ve posted a free design for you to download. Just click here for the rules, prizes and design.

Need inspiration?  Check out the latest entry we received from Beth Rowan below. Don’t miss out on your chance to win!  Click here to enter now! Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog“Look Ma, I’m stippling!! It may be winter, but the butterflies are still around and we’re having fun!” – Beth Rowan

Your assignment last week:  Tell me what Nancy Zieman uses to press the seams on her Designer Handbag and you could win a copy of Designer Handbags. Does she use a clapper, a seam roll, a wooden dowel or a pressing ham? Leave your comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Designer Handbags.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog And the winner is… Lorie! “Nancy uses a wooden dowel.Nancy’s videos are so helpful! I always learn something new.” – Lorie Congratulations!

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It’s Turkey Time!

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You still have time to celebrate Thanksgiving with a few quick, stitched embroidery projects. I visited our advertisers’ websites to see what they were cooking up for Turkey Day and boy, what an amazing assortment of designs. Here’s what I found by entering Thanksgiving into the search box on each site.

DigiStitches
 

DigiStitchesPlay food – got some little ones coming for dinner? Stitch up this play cookie dough ahead of time and you’ll keep the little ones busy making their own batch of cookies.

 

 

Anita Goodesign Anita GoodesignIf you’ve been sorting your fabric scraps by color, then you’re halfway done to making this turkey crazy quilt block! Anita Goodesign’s mini collection, Turkey Crazy Quilt, will dress your table in style.
OESD   

OESDStart an heirloom collection of cherished table lines with this classic embroidery design, Tom Turkey #WP355_48 from our friends at OESD.

Applique for Kids   

Applique For KidsSo often little boys are forgotten when it comes time to holiday projects.  Not this time – here’s something for the little guys, a turkey truck.

SewAZ Embroidery Designs  SewAZ Embroidery Designs

 

Add a little sparkle to your holiday with Sew AZ Embroidery Designs wall dangler. It’s stitched in variegated thread with Mylar accents on the turkey and pumpkins.

Bunnycup Embroidery Bunnycup Embroidery
 

Bunnycup EmbroideryBunnycup embroidery designs welcomes both friends and family. So charming, these designs fit in a 4” x 4” hoop.

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Bring the best pie – one that’s calorie-free and lasts a lifetime!  Pie pincushions are so simple to make – all in the hoop!  They’re like potato chips – you can’t just make one!

Pickle Pie Designs
 

Pickle Pie DesignsTom Turkey Hair Pretties will top off any little angel’s holiday outfit.  Won’t she just love dressing in the spirit of the holiday?

Five Star Fonts   

Five Star FontsI’m Stuffed!  Don this fun shirt after the dishes are done!

Oma's Place   

Oma’s PlaceHow about stitching this heartfelt expression on each napkin?

Katelyn's Kreative Stitches   

Katelyn’s Kreative StitchesA sweet appliqué, the fabric is the star for this turkey.

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Make a whimsical Percy Pumpkin toy softie in the hoop.

Embroitique   

EmbroitiquePerfect for a table runner or table cloth, set the tone of the holiday with this heartwarming message.

Amazing Designs  Amazing Designs

 

Turkey Troubles at Amazing Designs takes a fun approach to the day – that is if you’re not a turkey!  Here’s one of my favorites:  the jogging (ok, running for his life) turkey.

Embroidery Library
 

Embroidery LibraryGot 20 minutes? Then dress for the occasion and decorate your apron with one of Embroidery Library’s lovely season border designs.

Urban Threads Urban ThreadsWhat’s a holiday without a gift?  Our friends at Urban Threads are posting this free design for all.  Click here and jump over to their site to download your design.

Here’s your assignment this week:

It seems as embroiderers, we’re always focused on making gifts for others, so I’m wondering how many of you have treated yourself to monogrammed/embroidered napkins. Tell me what you stitched for your table this holiday season and you could win a Perfect Placement Kit which will make your next set of napkins a breeze!

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

Did you know that the fonts on the Perfect Towel Kit are not only ideal for stitching on terry cloth but fabulous for faux fur? Want to win Perfect Towel Kit – just in time for the holidays? You love the coverage you get when you use fonts with double underlay when embroidering on those holiday fibers. Just tell me what size is your biggest hoop. Is it a 4” x 4”, 5” x 7”, 7” x 12” or other size? Leave your comment and you could win the Perfect Towel Kit.

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And the winner is… Sharon!  “My largest hoop is 8″ x 12″”

Congratulations Sharon!  We wish you many happy days stitching perfectly aligned towels!

 


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Everybody Smiles with Designs in Machine Embroidery Contest

Want a chance to win some very cool – and pricey prizes? All it takes are four simple steps to enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. All you have to do is ‘like us’ on Facebook (http://www.dzgns.com/facebook). Post a photo on the Designs in Machine Embroidery Facebook page showing your winning smile while holding any copy of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. You can have a lot of fun with this – shoot it in your sewing room, in front of your favorite embroidery project, at your local dealer or buried in your favorite stash!
Tag Designs in Machine Embroidery in your photos, add a caption to your photo and consider yourself entered to win over $6000 worth of prizes – including the grand prize a Koala studio. You’ll find a ton of prizes from Klasse, Sulky, Creative Options, Clover, Madeira, Embroidery Library, Urban Threads, Oliso and Baby Lock and more.

You have 19 chances to win. The top prize is a Koala Studio and you get to choose the style and color you want. Next, there’s a Madeira Thread Chest (fully stocked with 194 spools and Amazing Designs embroidery collections) followed by the Incredible Threadable Embroidery Box, a nifty double-duty thread storage system full of 80 spools plus bobbin thread.
Baby Lock has so generously contributed a machine trolley and trolley tote for hitting the road with your machine. Have you had your eye on that too-hot-to handle Oliso Smart Iron Pro? You might just win it if you enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. If you do take home the Smart Iron you’ll find it’s not too hot to handle, in fact it’s quite cool. It’s a high tech iron that activates with the touch of your hand.
If you’re a Sulky fan, you’ll be glad to know you might win Sulky’s Embroidery Starter Collection with 27 of the most used 40 wt. rayon colors stashed in a Slimline Storage Box.
Two lucky winners will enjoy $100 shopping spree coupons from two of our favorite design companies: Embroidery Library and Urban Threads.
Of course, what’s a sewing contest without some much-needed tools? Our friends at Floriani have donated Floriani’s Favorite Embroidery Tools Kit which includes EZ Snips, angled tweezers, 4 ½” large ring micro tip scissors, appliqué scissors and 5” straight trimmers.
Hoping to win an heirloom to pass on to the next generation? The Nantucket Sewing Basket could be yours. You’ll treasure the American dark walnut and maple dowel inlay on the lid and basket base.
We all need something to stitch on and many of us turn to The Sewphisticated Stitcher for fun and funky blanks. They have contributed a Dream Bundle of Blanks that includes a sport bottle, damask apron, damask print canvas bag, zebra print mouse pad and a laptop sleeve – all tucked into the collapsible (and embroiderable!) Market Basket.

To round out the prizes you’ll find Designs’ bundle of Stipple! Collections, Designer Necklines and two one-year subscriptions; Clover’s Mini-Iron and Stack ‘n Stitch Thread Tower; Creative Options Craftician Bag and Klasse’s Embroidery Needle Value pack.

The contest runs from August 29 to October 3, 2011 and to show our gratitude for your entry, we’ve posted a free design for you to download. Just click here for the rules, prizes and design.

In case you didn’t know, there are added benefits to ‘liking’ Designs on Facebook. When you click Like, you’ll have access to the More section of our Facebook page. There you’ll find instructions for the newest project “More Variations” on Eileen’s T-Shirt Revamp as featured in the current Volume 70 Sept/Oct issue.

Once you’re a fan, you’ll have immediate access to all future projects, special coupons and insider information. So come on, what do you have to lose? Like us and be a big winner!

Having difficulty reading the rules for the Facebook contest?  Be sure you are using Explorer Version 9 or better, or the most current version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or other internet browser.

Here’s your assignment this week:
Go visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery Facebook page and have a little fun!
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

Have you tried quilting with your embroidery machine?  Let us know if you’ve ventured into this wonderful territory by posting a comment.  A comment will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Stipple! Butterflies. 

“I quilted a Christmas stocking – challenging and fun!” – Beth R.

Congratulations Beth!  You are the lucky winner of Stipple! Butterflies!  Enjoy!

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