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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, appliqu├ęd 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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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.

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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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