Posts Tagged ‘ embroidery ’

Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets

May 19, 2011
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Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets

I love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here are some tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets. Tips for Success • Take the time to prepare the design and the sheets. It’s well worth the effort. • Purchase an extra...

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That Eileen! She gets me every time…

May 2, 2011
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That Eileen! She gets me every time…

Guest post by Katherine Artines – There I was on the first morning of International Quilt Market in Houston last Fall, excited about being there, ready to go on the floor the next day to gather up inspiration like someone spilled M&M’s in front of me, sitting in her schoolhouse daydreaming, when WHAM! Eileen showed...

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Royal Monograms

April 27, 2011
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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...

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Everyone needs a vacation

April 20, 2011
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Everyone needs a vacation

Yikes! Gloria from www.cruise-consultants.com sent me a frantic email yesterday telling me the ship is going to sell out for the July 10, 2011 sailing. She said if you know anyone who wants to sail with us, they need to book soon. It’s been a long, hard winter for most of the US and...

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Top 10 Tips for Machine Embroidery Fashions

April 13, 2011
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Top 10 Tips for Machine Embroidery Fashions

1. Find a focal point. Examine the garment to determine if there’s a design detail that could serve as the starting or focal point for the embroidery. On this plain sheath, the slit is the only detail. I can choose to accent it or ignore it. 2. Sketch a few possibilities. You don’t have...

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What do jeans, bathing suits and handbags have in common?

April 6, 2011
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What do jeans, bathing suits and handbags have in common?

It’s almost impossible to find one that fits you! And the shopping experience is truly miserable. Let’s start with jeans. You have to bring at least six different pairs into the dressing room – a full range of sizes, cuts and lengths. Then there’s the joy of getting out of your clothes and trying...

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Places with Personality!

March 23, 2011
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Places with Personality!

I am one lucky lady. I get to visit sewing machine dealers all over the country. I have seen everything (and taught there) from vac shops to full-service machine emporiums to a stitcher’s haven chock full of machines, notions and fabrics. When I walk in the door of a sewing machine dealer, the first...

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The Final Steps for Professional Embroidery Results

March 16, 2011
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The Final Steps for Professional Embroidery Results

We talk so much about planning embroidery and hooping fabric but we rarely discuss what to do with a project when we take it out of the hoop. Just like a golf swing, follow-through is important in embroidery. Once the design is complete, remove the hoop from the machine. If you used a basting...

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I Missed It…again…

March 9, 2011
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I Missed It…again…

Last year, I sullenly sat at my desk during the first week of March wishing I was somewhere else. Not because I don’t like my job. Oh no, I love what I do I just wanted to do it in Puyallup, WA that week. You see, the first week of March heralds in Sewing...

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Working with Prints – It’s all about Color and Scale

March 2, 2011
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Working with Prints – It’s all about Color and Scale

Combining embroidery with patterned fabric is challenging but here are a few tips for a successful outcome. • Add a plain fabric as the base for the embroidery. • Take your color cues from the printed fabric. • Differentiate the scale of the embroidery In this tunic, I selected a base fabric (manufacturer unknown)...

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