After using the Brother Scan n Cut for several appliqué projects, I thought I'd share a bit of what I've learned through trial and error and playing around. Of course, many of these tips also apply to other cutters such as the Silhouette Cameo and KNK Zing. If you don't yet have a cutter, this post may help you decide if you "need" one.
It may initially sound as if there is a lot of prep work involved in using the cutter but truly, I do almost the same prep whether cutting by hand or machine.
A digital cutter just makes cutting WAAAAYYYY faster and of course, completely accurate. (I also have the Zing cutter, which I'll write about sometime in the future as I get more experience with it.)
Owls are hot! And have been for a few years now. This owl-themed purse or mini-reader bag is full of features and is perfect for toting your iPad mini and smaller Nook, Kindle or other reader.
I love appliqué! And what I love best is how you can change the look of the design by changing the fabric. Fabric can add pattern and texture that's just not possible with thread alone. And, it can work on fabrics that are otherwise not embroiderable like fishnet.
When I saw this collection of super cute penguin artwork, I knew I had to have it and I knew I had to do it as appliqué. With the proliferation of economically priced digital cutters, appliqué has suddenly gotten much easier!
Metallic thread is one of those things we "love to hate." We love the look of metallic thread but it can sometimes be frustrating to embroider with.
I'll share some tips and tricks I've learned over the years to get great results. These tips work with any thread and most are just plain good "best practices" for any embroidery.
Did you ever start out with an idea for a project that evolved into something totally different? That's what happened with these Halloween Luminaries!
I was looking for reflective (glow-in-the-dark) fabric and couldn't find what I had in mind. Then I thought of the recent embroidery club I taught on stitching on paper, metal, and wood.
Have you tried machine embroidered applique? It's one of my favorite techniques! I've written about applique before in this post, Fuzzy Wuzzy Ducky Quilt, where I explain the process in more detail than the brief overview I give here.
I have a confession… yes, it's true, I am a junkie. A font junkie to be specific. As a long time Mac user (got my first one in March of 1984, the first one in the town of Chillcothe, Ohio where I lived at the time) I've had a head start on collecting fonts.
Endless or continuous hoop designs are specially digitized for creating borders and other long connected designs seamlessly. Some collections may have corner connectors included to permit easier continuous borders around a corner.
Foundation piecing, also known as paper piecing, is a popular technique used by quilters to easily piece blocks quickly and perfectly.
Cabin Fever is a collection of 20 designs that recreates this process with your embroidery machine.
I remember early on in my embroidery career when I got a call from a new embroiderer who excitedly proclaimed, "Your new collection arrived today!" The next words out of her mouth were, "What do I do with them?"
For this month's free design, I thought I'd give you a taste from the hardanger collection plus use it in a sample project to give you an idea how it might be used.
Machine embroidered what? In case you're not up on traditional hand embroidery techniques, hardanger is a type of drawn-thread work done on even weave fabric, often linen or cotton, and traditionally in white. It gets it's name from a region in Norway although the technique itself can be traced back to more ancient cultures.