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Monogram of the Month – August

As you build your library of embroidery fonts, consider a basic applique font.  Not too fancy, not to juvenile, not too feminine, not too masculine, well you get the idea. A basic applique font is helpful to have on hand as you’ll find many uses for this type of font.  Upper case letters will do the trick for most of your monogram needs but having access to multiple sizes is a bonus.  The Punky Monkey from Five Star Fonts includes five sizes:  2 ½”; 3 ¾”; 4 ¾”; 5 ¾” and 6 ¾” PLUS numbers zero through nine.  The font should really be called Chunky Monkey because the letters are chunky – allowing for generous fabric exposure.

I liked the generous underlay behind the satin stitches because that tells me these stitches will stand up against terry cloth and faux fur – two popular fabrics for monogrammed items.

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Whenever I create an applique that has a small opening in the center such as the letter R or B, I precut the applique. Precutting appliques saves so much time because it eliminates trimming in the hoop. I hoop the applique fabric and stitch color 1 of the applique design and then remove the fabric from the hoop. I trim just outside of the stitch line and set it aside.   Next I hoop the base fabric and stitch color 1, the placement guide.

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Then I spray the wrong side of the precut applique with temporary adhesive and place it over the outline.  The next color tacks down the applique.

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The final colors complete the decorative elements. The extra (and optional) line of bean stitches running right down the center of the satin stitches adds an interesting detail and elevates this simple font.

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Our resident photographer, Pedro, really likes the extra bean stitch detail…

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These letters are the perfect addition to a variety of projects!
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If you like to mix and match sizes as I’ve done here, then you’ll enjoy the simplicity of merging these pre-sized designs into the screen.  To create this contemporary monogram, I used the 2 ½” extra small letters for the T (first name initial) and R (middle name initial) and the 5 ¾” large letter for the B (last name initial).  Order and size of monogram letters are two elements that can be changed to avoid monograms that become words or acronyms like LSD, SOS and PMS.  You can’t change someone’s name but you can get creative in the way you display the letters.  The next time you’re confronted with a tricky letter combination consider using this unconventional approach to letter arrangement.



Here’s your assignment this week:
Tell me your favorite applique font from Five Star Fonts and you could win a copy of Machine Embroidered Monograms for the Home.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
The winners of last week’s assignment completed the Facebook task of liking our page.  Congratulations to Lore E and Margarita!  You’ll both receive a copy of Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs.
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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

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

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Visit 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 for more information.

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Check out the latest offerings at 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 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 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 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

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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

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Here’s the coupon you’ve been waiting for – 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 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

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Save a whopping 20% off your entire order at 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 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 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 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

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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 and save 30% on ALL products through August 31.

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You’ll find another August blowout at 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 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 to see current specials and savings.

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Looking for more specials? How about 24 pages of specials? Jump over to 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 is a valued partner for locating affordable quality supplies and blanks at competitive prices. Visit 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

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And of course there are more generous folks in the pages of Designs. Receive 10% by entering coupon dzgns10 with your order. is the home of the ‘pick the item, and you pick the price’.

Some are favorite digitizers can be found out 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.”


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 to see their adorable, affordable and to-die-for appliqué designs.

Planet Applique



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

Discount Embroidery Blanks



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

DigiStitches – Brother’s embroidery download center is at your fingertips – 24/7.  Find Disney, Disney-Pixar and more – only at 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.



Love quilting with your embroidery?  Then you’re going to love Anita Goodesign’s Mix & Match Quilting.  Visit 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 or call 1-800-997-3233.




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 today to begin your creative journey.




Want to stitch something different? Then  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

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Feeling lucky?  Enter a once-in-a-lifetime contest at 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,




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 to sign up today.

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Looking for a user-friendly auto-digitizing software?  Then take a look at Buzz2Stitches® at 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.

Buzz Tools



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!




One dilemma we all have is what to do with that pretty embroidery collection we just purchased?  Project inspiration awaits you at 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.

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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!

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 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.


Coupon code winter11 will put 10% back in your pocket when you checkout at 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 and save 10% off your online order when using coupon DME1010.


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The stakes get a little higher over at 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 when you join the Yahoo Group at Sudberry House.


Sealed With A Stitch

Act now so you can enjoy 20% savings at The coupon code DIME20OFFND expires December 20, 2011.


Fun Stitch

If you’re charmed by the elf hat alphabet over at 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!



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


Five Star Fonts

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


Pickle Pie Designs

Newbies at also will receive 20% off their first order with coupon code DIME20.



Check out Monogram Wizard’s new online alphabet store at  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


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Best bargain on the web this month goes to 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.

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 for more details.



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.



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 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 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 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!

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

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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.


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.

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.

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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.


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

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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.

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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!