“Snap bags”—those clever little purses that use a metal tape measure to form a secure closure—are very popular. I see them all over the net in all sorts of fun fabrics. And while most of them are lined, the seams are still exposed on the inside. I wanted one that hid the seams and of
Do you ever wonder where designers get their inspiration? Everywhere! The trick is to leave your mind open to possibility. Recently I was inspired by a quilt that hangs in my bedroom and I wondered if I could duplicate it and then quilt it with one of the feathered quilt block designs. I wasn’t really
Embroidering on paper is easy if you know a few tricks. Stitching up a greeting card is a great first project and requires minimal supplies and time. Plus embroidering a greeting card is great way to customize a special card for someone. Make a set of them for a special gift or use them yourself
Many of us are under the illusion that embroidery is just the stitching that happens at the machine and I think that impression comes from that first demo at the dealership. A small piece of fabric is quickly hooped, some thread is loaded, a few buttons are punched, and VOILA! An embroidery design magically appears.
I love embroidery designs that offer more possibilities for adding my own creative touch, especially appliqués and redwork or “color line” designs. A bonus with these two categories of designs is that they tend to be lower stitch count and therefore result in less distortion to the fabric. By that I mean less puckering and
Have you noticed the explosion in “adult” coloring books? Personally, I get the relaxation that comes with a soothing, rhythmic practice like coloring plus there’s that sense of creativity without requiring any drawing ability. Still, I’d much rather be doing my coloring on embroidery than in a coloring book. I like something to show for
I often see posts on Facebook where users are raking various digitizers over the coals because of “too many jump stitches.” In some instances, the complaints are well deserved but that’s not always the case! Novice digitizers and poorly digitized designs frequently have too many unnecessary jumps due to poor planning. However, just because there
You can’t imagine how astonished I was when I got the call that told me I won second place in my category on my Birth Month Flowers of the Year machine embroidered quilt in our local Tucson Quilters Guild annual Quilt Fiesta show just this past weekend!