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Freehand Machine Embroidery Flowers On A Scarf

Posted by Joan on July 18, 2006

Freehand Scarf Embroidery
Free hand machine embroidery on a scarf. The other end is similar but different. I won’t bore you with it.

Morning Coffee: Original Crafts

Here’s a creative person, to say the least. I’m amazed at those flowers she did freehand on her machine. Wow. Go see what she’s done to a guitar!

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Roxanne Johnson Free Butterfly Embroidery Drawing

Posted by Joan on July 18, 2006

Butterfly Line Drawing, Roxanne Johnson
Butterfly Line Drawing for you to use for embroidery
* Author: roxannej *

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. Took a week from work, and am now frustrated with a design that I’m working on. It might be trashed all together but in the meantime I thought I’d share this line drawing created in PreDesign. Not affiliated yada yada. Just use it.

Feel free to use it for creating your own machine embroidery – however, it would be nice if you post a link to this site…… if you put in on your site.

Butterfly Line Drawing for you to use for embriodery – Keshna’s In the middle of NoWhere WeBlog

Not only is this a nice line drawing she’s willing to share, this woman has a great blog on many levels. Check it out, embroidery enthusiasts!

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Want To Embroider Some Appliqued Black Cat Silhouettes?

Posted by Joan on July 16, 2006

Stairway to Cat Heaven Design, Barbara Dubovsky
Stairway To Cat Heaven
Designed by Barbara Dubovsky

As every owner of a feline friend knows, when the sun sets, cats are just beginning the day. In a nocturnal celebration, appliquéd kitties frolic up and down the nine-patch “stairs” of this wall hanging, enjoying the glow of the crescent moon. Echo quilting helps create texture in the sky, and low-contrast fabrics mimic the shadows of night.

Stairway to Cat Heaven Quilt Pattern

Yes, I know it’s a quilt pattern, but it’s free and I’m into cats and think this is a great inspiration for an embroidery project. I love the cat silhouettes. Can you see them climbing a pants leg?

Or is that just me?

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Needles and Thread VS Cats and Dogs–Safety Tips

Posted by Joan on July 16, 2006

Quilters report that they spend an average of $1K on vet bills to save a cat that has ingested thread.

Linda, a quilter, wrote with a very sad story about how her beloved cat died from swallowing too much thread. The thread blocked the cat’s intestines. Since I posted Linda’s story on this Web page many more sewers have written to me to tell me how their cats have also died from eating thread. Or sewing notions like pins.

Cats love sewing baskets. They love to play with the tools we use to sew and a spool of thread is a marvelous toy to bat across the floor. But please, please keep an eye on your cat as she’s playing with things she might ingest. Cats are like children and will chew and swallow anything they can get in their mouth. Several sewers have written to say that if you spot your cat sucking up thread as if it were spaghetti you should not necessarily pull it from the cat’s mouth, since the thread may already be down in the intestines. Take your cat to an emergency animal hospital and have a veterinarian remove the thread!

Cats (and People) Who Quilt

Here are valuable safety tips for animal-loving quilters, tailors, embroiderers and anyone playing with thread and needles. It’s a fabulous article with lots of ideas for keeping the fuzzy ones safe.

I know firsthand about this topic from my decades as a tailor. I’m so fanatical about picking up dropped pins, I even spy them on the floor in stores–and can’t resist picking them up.

Ask me how it feels to rediscover loose pins in my pocket. I’m well trained and don’t even bleed when I prick my fingers any more.

My bleeding heart is another matter. Please read the article.  It could save a life.

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Amazing Embroidery: Applique, Dimensional, Cutwork, Fringing!

Posted by Joan on July 16, 2006

Embroidery Machine Essentials, Jeanine TwiggEmbroidery Machine Essentials, Jeanine Twigg

Amazon.com: Embroidery Machine Essentials: Basic Techniques : 20 Designs and Project Ideas to Develop Your Embroidery Skills (Jeanine Twigg’s Companion Project Series): Books: Jeanine Twigg

There I was minding my own business cruising the web when Bam! Look what I found!

It’s a book called Embroidery Machine Essentials by Jeanine Twigg and covers what she calls basic techniques. Now I’m the first to tell you that enthusiastic as I am about machine embroidery, I’m brand new to it.

Did you have any idea you could make fringed designs with an embroidery machine? I sure didn’t. I ordered the book yesterday, was told it’s on its way to me and I can’t wait!

I’ll be elbowing my daughter aside and using her machine to try out everything in the book. So a review of the book is coming up. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, did you ever go to Amazon.com and order a book? I particularly love the used ones, because I’m what you might call frugal betimes. A whole house full of frugal buys. Hmm.

Jeanine Twigg has other books, you see. Look out.

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See What's Fashionable This Year And Embroider It!

Posted by Joan on July 15, 2006

Fall fashions range from glam to rebellious at MAGIC, Fashion Week

Fall is taking a muted approach for 2006, playing off the neutral colors popular this spring: dark blues, greens, blacks and heather greys are combining with power suits, sweater dresses and dramatic outerwear for next season’s fashion. Based on attendance at New York Fashion Week and at the MAGIC show, here are some key trends for women’s wear for fall 2006, broken down by category:

* Outerwear: Capes, capelets, hooded trench coats and toggle coats were seen on the runways of designers like Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Lacoste, Tuleh and Cloak. At MAGIC, long, wool jackets and pea coats with exaggerated collars were seen in nearly every fashion show. Blazers made out of velvet and corduroy also made prominent appearances.

Fall fashions range from glam to rebellious at MAGIC, Fashion Week DSN Retailing Today – Find Articles

Want to create something stunning to wear? How can you miss if you start with the latest style and color that suits you, then add custom embroidery?

I get lots of good ideas as I scan this article. Do you?

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Personalized Embroidered Shirt Gift Ideas!

Posted by Joan on July 15, 2006

An Embroidery Shirt Makes A Great Gift

If you know someone that loves embroidery designs, and appreciates all of the hard work that goes into embroidery, you will love the chance of making that special person an embroidery shirt that they will love to wear. Wether you embroidery by hand or machine, you will find that this is a hobby that many people love. While not everyone is skilled enough to embroidery their own things, you can surprise the people that mean the most to you by making them a special gift.

When you are choosing a design to place onto an embroidery shirt, keep in mind the recipients favorite things. Maybe the person that you are thinking about making this gift for loves flowers and roses. Perhaps they are into the beautiful colors that you find on butterflies or even birds. You could come up with your own design for the shirt that you are embroidering, or maybe get inspiration from pictures that you have been looking at as well. If you embroider by machine, you might have the perfect design in mind. That would be great too, cause it would of course take less time.

Sewing and Embroidery-Embroidery Shirt Gift

This seems like such a simple idea, yet there are so many designs you could do! Customizing a shirt for someone as a gift could include their favorite colors, hobbies, nickname, or pets. Maybe you could tap into their life’s dream of going to Tahiti or owning a Ferrari.

Oh, the possibilities! Check it out.

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Interested In How To Make Money With Embroidery?

Posted by Joan on July 15, 2006

Make Money With Embroidery
by: Doug Mahopac

People are all ages are looking to make extra money. Whether you are planning to supplement your current income or looking to replace an income totally, consider using a hobby like embroidery to make some fast cash. Embroidered items are always popular with all types of shoppers, and you can easily begin an embroidery company with a low overhead for those short of start up funds.

ArticleCity.com – Make Money With Embroidery

I don’t know what it is about me, but every time I become fascinated with a new hobby, I immediately want to know how to make money with it.

You, too? Read this article as a first step toward profiting from your embroidery mania.

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Here's How Embroidery Started As Medicine, Protection, Identification!

Posted by Joan on July 14, 2006

The Magic Character Of Embroidery
By Luda Sonkin

“Home cannot do without embroidery. It rewards, forgives, and cures…” they used to say in ancient times.

Let’s look at the ancient towels and garments: where the pattern is located, what colour the mistress used, what she depicted.

Every element of the pattern can tell a story, it defends, helps, bringing the worlds of the sky and the earth together. In the times of old girls used to embroider dowry for themselves. The towels were given as presents and used to decorate the house.

A thing without embroidery could not appear in the house. Stitch work was the measure of the hostess’s thrift and skills. Only the embroidered items had magic influence and could protect the house and the hosts. Embroidered towels were hanged above the windows and the door so that neither misfortune, nor diseases could find way into the house; the patterns on the tablecloth protected the food and the table. Clothes were embroidered too.

The Magic Character Of Embroidery

I love this article. Why does it appeal to me? I guess because women used their embroidery with all the might of their minds, hearts and souls to nurture and protect themselves and their loved ones. What’s not to like?

Read it. Put some of this heart and soul power into your machine embroidery today.

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Want Mental Stability? Use Embroidery Stabilizer!

Posted by Joan on July 14, 2006

Embroidery Stabilizing for Machine Embroidering
By Sandy Carter

Here are some tips to get good results with your embroidery designs sewing.

1. When it’s possible, run your outline stitching first, this will help stabilize your fabric even further!

2. I prefer layering solvy while stitching out a design to add dimension. Sometimes the “film” solvy can get a bit heavy using this technique, causing stiffness and can be difficult to remove. We’ve found a great “web” type that gets the job done with less stiffness and is super easy to remove! The film type soluble is still best for the base layer & I use it for every design I stitch on any fabric that water will not harm.

3. We’ve all heard the “stabilize, stabilize, …” To the point that I’m now seeing a lot of you over stabilizing! This creates as many problems as you’re trying to eliminate and wasting money. Don’t over stabilize, use 1 or 2 layers of the correct stabilizer. Ask us about our commercial backings to get the best possible results for all your embroidery needs!

Embroidery Stabilizing for Machine Embroidering

Even though I don’t have my own embroidery machine (big YET), I learned the importance of stabilizing as a tailor.

Sometimes I’ve had to repair a garment that had a bit of torn lace. And if I just try to stitch where something is missing, the new part wants to bubble up and get all stretched out. Yikes!

So read the rest of this article and stay out of trouble. Trying to come back later and mash the stupid ridges of stitches flat with a steam iron is no fun.

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