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One Sassy Lady!


Katherine Artines

Katherine Artines


We introduced Stipple! Sassy Cats this summer to dealers at Baby Lock Tech (Baby Lock’s dealer convention) and wow – what a hit it was! Since it will be released to the public on Friday, I’d thought you’d be interested in meeting Katherine Artines.  She’s one very creative lady and I was thrilled when she agreed to tell us a little about herself.

Tell me three things our readers would be surprised to know about you.
I eat way too much candy ….I whine that “I can’t do free motion”…and my mom found my first gray hair when I was nine years old.
Describe your perfect vacation day.
As a young mother, I would have given you the “quiet beach with a book” answer. Now that I am a grandmother, I’ll go with “anywhere my children and grandchildren are making noise and laughing.”
Describe your perfect work day.
As much as I enjoy my people-jobs, my favorite work day is spent alone in my sewing area with a new just-unfolded piece of fabric looking up at me, …candy bowl and I-pod within reach… and the dog has already been out.


Finish the sentence: Nobody knows …
Well, now….if I complete that, then everyone will know….that I loudly sing in my car anything by Led Zeppelin!
What is your favorite thing to do other than sewing/embroidering?
Reading! Whether from a library book or in my Nook, I’ve made friends over the years with Nancy Drew, Meggie Cleary and Ralph de Bricassart, Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum, Harry Potter, Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, Lincoln Rhyme, and scores of others. My current quest is to finish the thousands of pages from George R. R. Martin.


What is your favorite project you have created over the years?
My favorite project, and the one that was the most momentous, has to be my green leopard, black-white-pink jacket. It was the first time I made the cover of Designs, and the binding technique so intrigued Nancy Zieman that she specifically asked for it to be included as one of the projects we  featured on Sewing with Nancy’s Jackets on the Cutting Edge.
Do you prefer to design from scratch or do a makeover?
I’m a “don’t fence me in” kind of gal, so I prefer to begin from scratch. If I do a makeover, chances are not a lot of the original fabric is showing or it’s missing some parts!
Share one embroidery tip that every embroiderer should know.
Although not witty or clever, I’d say to change your needle often!
What 5 things can you not live without?
A tough one to answer without sounding sappy–my family, the gift of laughter, the ability to create, my eyesight, my belief that life is good. If I had to live without them, I could….but I would really rather not.
What is your favorite afternoon snack?
Choices, choices. Anything from Mars, Nestlé’s, or the Hershey’s Foods Corporation would do just nicely. But, then, who makes Circus Peanuts?
What one item do you cook or bake really well?
Uh……..hmmmmmm……….oh gee, my keyboard just locked up……………..Truth? I can open a jar really, really fast.
When you were 12 years old, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
Funny you should pick 12—it was the year I started sewing. I made almost all my clothes through junior high and high school so, of course, I wanted to be a fashion designer. That is until I got my first-ever “C” in Chemistry my senior year. Logically (a misnomer for a teenager), I switched my major in college to business education because, at that time, fashion design required a full year of chemistry and I was going for the Dean’s List!  Luckily, my business education degree led me to computers, which lead me to my first embroidery machine with digitizing software, which led me to Eileen and Nancy and Mary and Rita and Judy and to countless amazing women who love to talk about all things thread. Ahhh, the paths you take.


Are you more creative during the early morning hours, midday, or do you burn the midnight oil?
Early morning for sure!  My “midnight oil” is hopefully relaxing all the laugh lines I’ve accumulated over the years.
What is your motto?
As a kid, my dad would encourage me to “See Beyond” when he was teaching me to draw. Mentally repeating his phrase has helped throughout my life, whether I needed it to challenge, to inspire, or to endure.
Name one talent or skill you wish you had.
Singing would be nice. I know those around me would ask for that.
Which do you prefer—milk, white, or dark chocolate?
Milk and dark are interchangeable for me. White? If it were the only type of chocolate on my island, I would learn to love it.
What one word best describes you?
Now, Eileen, you know I’m a word-nerd. One word just won’t do—how about merry, joyous, cheerful, jubilant, sunny……and blest?My Hub and I saw a t-shirt that read “Six out of seven dwarves aren’t Happy.”  He now calls me “the seventh dwarf”!
Finish the sentence:  My mother taught me….
…to be strong. She did so mostly by her actions, but also from her mantra, “Things could be worse!” She taught me to sew, shared her joy of reading, explained that a lady always wears a slip, and to not wear white shoes until after Memorial Day—a true southern lady.


Here’s your assignment this week:

What a fascinating woman! Tell us what your favorite pastime is besides embroidery and 2 winners will be selected to win a $25 gift certificate to the Kreations by Kara website. Good luck!

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The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Leave us a comment below about your secret sewing or embroidery weapon and one comment will be chosen to win a secret weapon of their very own, Target Stickers! These handy stickers are reusable, repositionable and provide you with perfect placement everytime. Thanks and good luck!

And the winner is…“My favorite tool when doing machine embroidery, is a baby monitor. I can run downstairs or else where in the house and be able to tell when my machine has stopped for whatever reason.” – Tammy H. (FABULOUS IDEA TAMMY!!!)

I’m so proud of my students from the Sew Expo!

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What do you get when you mix three embroidery designs, 100 fabrics, dozens of trims and 30 creative people? 30 gorgeous, different pincushions!  I just returned from four fun-filled days at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington where I taught a hands-on class on how to make these three-tiered pincushions as featured in the book Posh Pincushions, In-the-Hoop Floral Pincushions.   Take look at my students’ very creative pincushions!

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No two were alike, and every pincushion was gorgeous. This class involved very little stitching so it was quite different than the classes I normally teach. The pincushion class involved more ‘crafting’ (pressing, turning, stuffing, trimming) than embroidery so it was quiet.

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The calming atmosphere invited everyone to get to know each other and enjoy a little peace and solitude during a very busy show.


This week’s assignment:

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.

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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!)

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The winner of last week’s assignment:

Do you remember the day you bought your first embroidery machine?  Tell us about that big event.  One comment will be randomly drawn to win a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

We received so many heart-warming comments.  Thank you so much for sharing the memory of purchasing your first embroidery machine.  We are truly touched.

We randomly chose the following winner:  
Suzan Maxwell:

“I remember my first machine! I watched my last child Amber off to College, I decided to start a Monogramming Business, so after researching for a year…I bought Big Momma, my Babylock EMP6.

I had never even sewn much less turned on a Large piece of machinery.  Oh yeah, nor did I know a thing about computers, I looked at her for one week before I even turned her switch to on. That has been 7 1/2 years ago..Monogram Madness was born along with a thriving business. I now have Big Daddy a Brother PR650. I love love love my MACHINES!!!” – Suzan Maxwell

Suzan, what a great example you are to everyone!  You didn’t let the obstacles of not knowing how to sew or use computers prevent you from achieving great accomplishments through your embroidery business.  Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.  Give our best regards to “Big Momma and Big Daddy!”


It’s Sew Expo time!

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Are you heading to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo? I hope to see you there. I’m packing my last suitcase and heading up to the great Northwest today. The Expo is one of my favorite shows and I haven’t been able to attend this show in quite a few years. Last year at this time, I vowed to make time in my schedule for Expo so I’m excited I’m teaching three hands-on classes and one lecture-demo.

I have so many fond memories of Expo. I celebrated the fifth anniversary of Designs there in 2004.

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I’ve met countless sewing celebrities in the aisles, in the seats and at the food stands (okay, just at the strawberry scone stand).

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I’ve walked in the misty rain, ran in downpours and drudged through a little snow.

I’ve stood in awe at the sight of Mt. Rainier and basked in the green landscape of the region. I have fond memories of Pike Place Market.

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I’ve carried boxes, bags, suitcases, trunks and coat racks of embroidered creations through the fairgrounds and into the display areas. I’ve emceed fashion shows, counseled challenged embroiderers and offered a seat to weary shoppers. Expo holds a lot of memories for me. But most of all, it stands for all that sewing means to me. An explosion of creativity shared by the most giving community – embroiderers, quilters, sewing fashionistas and fiber-artists – all under one roof.

So many of us (teachers and vendors) grumble about the preparation involved for a show of this magnitude. And rightly so, it can be exhausting. But it is just that preparation that makes Expo the industry’s best show. Everyone – right down to the volunteers – puts their heart and soul into this show. If you haven’t been in a while, come on back – it’s bigger and better than ever. And they still sell the strawberry scones!

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Visit the Sewing & Stitchery Expo website for more information:

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Eileen’s Class Schedule
Quilting With An Embroidery MachineLearn revolutionized quilting techniques that turn traditional quilting upside down. You’ll quilt, then appliqué and finally piece instead of piece, appliqué and quilt. The secret to successful machine embroidered quilting and appliqué lies in four key factors. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche demonstrates how to select the right fabrics, hoop a quilt sandwich, stitch continuous borders and piece with reversible piecing.
Friday: 8:30 am – 10:00 amEileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
In-the-Hoop Posh Pincushions
Worse than potato chips – you can’t make just one of these addictive, charming in the hoop pincushions. You’ll learn easy editing right at the machine and then “sew” with an embroidery machine. Finish by adding a trio of one-of-a-kind trims and learn how to ‘tuft’ with two shank buttons. This Posh Pincushion will be your new go-to gift for 2012.
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday:  11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday:  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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Here’s your assignment this week:

Do you remember the day you bought your first embroidery machine?  Tell us about that big event.  One comment will be randomly drawn to win a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

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

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 TWO lucky winners are:

Pam J:
“I am most proud of my latest project, I embroidered two baby bibs and a blankie toy for a friends baby. I am new at learning how to do machine embroidery, so I was so happy everything turned out fine! Everything straight and centered!”

Jane Waite:
“I am most proud of the quilt I embroidered for my new grandson. I am waiting for the right time to make a crazy quilt using material from prom dresses and bridesmaids dresses that my 3 daughters have worn. Molly Mine is where I will be purchasing those designs when I am ready. I love all of her crazy quilt designs.”

Congratulations to both winners!