A few weeks ago I shared some thoughts on a t-shirt revamp project. It’s definitely finished, photographed and worn many times. If you missed the June 22nd post click here. I thought I had a game plan but I think I learned that ‘game plan’ really means a place to start.
My initial plan included these materials:
The final plan wound up featuring these materials:
Seven cool things I learned along the way:
1. Stabilize the design area only with water soluble adhesive stabilizer when using Snap-Hoop. There’s no need to fill the entire Snap-Hoop frame with pricey stabilizer for this application because the squiggle designs has a very low stitch count.
2. Add interest with print fabrics.
3. Two layers of cotton quilting fabric fused together make very pretty flowers.
4. The ‘organic’ look of raw edge appliqué gives a fresh, unstructured touch to a casual t-shirt.
5. Incorporating texture makes a simple design more interesting. The mix of stretch mesh fabric squiggles, the burn-out cotton t-shirt and the gentle wash of the soft floral cotton made for a winning combination.
6. Little hot-fix pearls add sheen without sparkle.
7. ‘Outsiders’ (those poor souls who don’t know how to sew/embroider) will never believe you made it. Poor things, they are missing so much and they think we are absolutely brilliant. If they only knew how simple some of this stuff is to create! Well, some of it is challenging but we don’t want to scare them away.
Look for the complete how-to in the September/October 2011 issue of Designs.
Here’s your assignment this week!
Post a comment telling us what type of projects you’d like to see in the pages of Designs and you could be a winner of a very generous prize from this month’s sponsor: Embroider This!
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The winner of a $25 shopping spree offered last week is Patty! Patty posted her comment:
“I love my Brother Ult 2003 (I know it’s old but it does what I need to do right now). My favorite feature is being able to do free motion at a steady speed by removing the foot pedal. I dream of larger hoops and multi needles.”