Posts Tagged ‘ embroidery ’

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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There’s Something about Nancy

February 11, 2011
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There’s Something about Nancy

Many of us think we know Nancy Zieman. We see her in our living room (teaching us sewing via PBS) and we see her smiling at us from her many of her nifty notions she’s created over the years. In fact, every time I press a hem, I see her name on my seam...

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It’s National Embroidery Month!

February 4, 2011
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It’s National Embroidery Month!

Really, it is, I didn’t make it up! And if I did, I would have never settled on just one month because it’s always National Embroidery Month here at Designs. So why just one month? One month is for sissies; one month is for people who dabble in embroidery. The rest of us –...

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