Category Archives: Embroidery Club

What’s Up at Monthly Embroidery Club/Anita Goodesign Workshop?

I hope everybody is having a GREAT summer!

I know that I am!

If you haven’t made it yet to our monthly Embroidery Club/Anita Goodesign Workshop, here’s an invitation to come and join in on the FUN!

One of our wonderful attendees allowed me to photograph her latest accomplishments from our latest meetings and let me tell you, we are proud of her work!

Take a look at what workshop attendee, Leda Cunningham, has been up to at our monthly club meetings:

April - Holiday Pot Holder

April – Holiday Pot Holder

May - Quilted Place Mat

May – Quilted Place Mat

June - Roll It Up Tote!

June – Roll It Up Tote!

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Ellisimo Event

We recently had a customer appreciation event for our Ellisimo owners and this is what they made:  Notice, Leda decided to personalize her project with her initial.  What a lovely project!!!!

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Leda Cunningham

Leda Cunningham

Thank you Leda for sharing your projects with us!

 

Stay tuned for more news from our blog.  In September, I get to be a part of Nancy Zieman’s upcoming blog tour featuring her latest book.  Be sure to take a look at what I get to make!  I’m SEW excited for you to see!

Have a great day!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

 

Embroidery Club – Now on Saturday

Embroidery Club is back at Humble Sewing Center with a new day and time, Saturday, January 19 from 10-12:30 PM. Fee $10

CupCakeKoozie

In January the project is to embroider Cup Cake Koozie. Before we start the project, I will demo how easy it is to add a special message to your Koozie with Designer’s Gallery Embroidery Works.   In addition, I will show how to use the Artistic Crystal software to add bling to your embroidery, making the Koozie even better.

A 6×10 hoop is required for the project. If you don’t have an embroidery machine and are interested in purchasing one stop by Humble Sewing Center. We carry Babylock, Janome, Elna, and Husqvarna Viking sewing and embroidery machines.  I=

Cupcakes are the new go-to dessert for any party and these Cupcake Cozies will allow you to decorate for any occasion! These quick and easy cozies are done in the hoop with only one seam needed to finish the project. Use a variety of colors to match any theme party or create a set for the friend that has everything. With 20 designs to choose from, you can have a party every month of the year!

Supply List

  •  6 x 10 hoop or Larger 
  • 1/4 yd fabric A
  • 1/8 yd fusible fleece
  • water soluble stabilizer
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with design

Fabric Suggestions:
Fabric A – cotton, batik, silk dupioni or any medium-weight fabric

From Your Sewing Room:

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop 6×10 or larger hoop.
  • PROJECTS CD
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot

Notions:  Scissors, Ruler, Tape, Embroidery Needle, size 75/11, Universal Needle, size 80/12

Dreamy Eye Mask – Embroidery Club July 2012

Dreamy Eye Mask Embroidery Project for July 2012

Embroidery Club is on Tuesday, July 24 at 5:30pm. This month you will be making a Dreamy Eye Mask using the Anita Goodesign Project Cd, Dreamy Eye Mask. This project is perfect for the person who likes complete darkness when they sleep. It is great for sleeping while you travel, just don’t try to use it while you drive. That may be hazardous to your health and the health of others.

The supply list is as follows:

Eye Mask

  •   6 x 10 hoop or 5 x 7
  •   1/3 yd Fabric A (solid)
  •   1/3 yd Fabric B (satin)
  •   1/4 yd fusible fleece
  •   1/2 yd 3/4” elastic
  •   tearaway stabilizer
  •   interfacing or fusible weft
  •   embroidery thread to coordinate with design
  •   1 spool all-purpose sewing thread

Suggested Fabrics:

  • Fabric A: medium weight cotton
  • Fabric B: satin, crepe back satin, flannel

In Your Sewing Room:

  •   Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  •   Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  •   Anita Goodesign Dream Eye Mask PROJECTS CD
  •   Printed templates
  •   Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Walking Foot

Notions:

  •   Scissors
  •   Ruler
  •   Rotary Cutter & Mat
  •   Marking Pen
  •   Pins
  •   Tape
  •   Embroidery Needle, size 75/11

Trapunto Pillow – June Embroidery Club Project

Embroidery club at Humble Sewing Center will be on Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30.  This month our project will be a Trapunto Pillow.

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Supply List

  • Monofilament Thread
  • 1 spool all purpose sewing thread
  • Embroidery thread to coordinate with design
  • No show mesh for 4 hoopings
  • 1 yd. muslin
  • ½ yard warm and natural batting
  • 1 yd. decorative trims
  • ½ yard accent fabric D
  • ¼ yard accent fabric C
  • ¼ yard accent fabric B
  • ¼ yard accent fabric A
  • 5×7, 6×10 or 8×12 hoop.

From Your Sewing Room

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • Anita Goodesign Trapunto Pillow PROJECTS CD
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Open Toe Foot, Walking Foot

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Marking Pen
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper
  • Tape
  • Twin Needle, size 80/12
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 80/12

This traditional technique adds a dimensional “puffy” quality to your quilt blocks.  Using your embroidery machine and treating your batting as an applique, you can achieve the Trapunto effect in less than half the time.  This Pillow uses 4 of the blocks from this design pack.  There are 12 design blocks and 1 transition block in this pack. These blocks are compatible with our Mix and Match Quilting Collection. These samples use Rouenneries Deuz by French General for Moda Fabrics.

We will probably not be have enough time to finish the pillow at Embroidery Club, but we will embroider as many blocks as time permits. And, we will discuss how to assemble your pillow so that you can do it at home.

I look forward to spending a fun evening with you doing embroidery.

Retro BBQ Apron for Father’s Day – May 22 Embroidery Club

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If you would like to make a great gift for Father’s Day, then don’t miss this month’s Embroidery Club project. You can either make an apron or you can purchase a pre-made apron. Use the idea and designs to create a one of kind apron for your favorite “dad.”

Supplies:

  • 6 x 10 hoop or 5×7 hoop
  • ready-made plain apron
  • 1 yd accent fabric
  • scraps for applique’
  • tearaway stabilizer
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with design
  • 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread

From Your Sewing Room:

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • PROJECTS CD
  • Printed template of Design
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Edge Stitching Foot

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Marking Pen or Chalk
  • Seam Ripper
  • Pins
  • Tape
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 80/12

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:30.

Marje

Embroidery Club – Tuesday, May 1

Do you need a thread catcher for your sewing room? I certainly do. I am constantly cutting threads and dropping them on the floor. The result is a vacuum roller with twisted threads that are very hard to remove. Now I have a thread catcher by every machine in my sewing room to remind me not to drop the threads on the floor.

Come to Embroidery Club this month and make your own Thread Catcher.

Supply List:

Thread Catcher

Thread Catcher & Pincushion

  • 7 x 12 or 5 x 7 hoop
  • fat quarter for fabric A (solid)
  • fat quarter for fabric B (lining)
  • 2 fat eighths for fabric C & D (accent)
  • polyester fiberfill
  • sand (optional) Needed to weight the pin cushion so that it will not fall of the table. I put my sand inside 2 small sandwich zip lock bags.
  • 18” of boning
  • tearaway stabilizer
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with design
  • 1 spool of sewing thread for assembling the thread catcher

In Your Sewing Room:

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • Sew Fun PROJECTS CD
  • Printed template
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Edge Stitching Foot

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Marking Pen or Chalk
  • Pins
  • Tape
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 80/12

Patchwork Tote Bags Created at Embroidery Club

Happy Spring! And, what a wonderful spring day it is. As I am sitting on my back porch, I am catching up on the blog. I wanted to post the pictures of the Patchwork Totes that we created in Embroidery Club.

We started at February’s club where we started to embroider the 16 blocks needed for the Anita Goodesign Project – Patchwork Tote. Since we had so many blocks to make, we did not get all of them finished in one night. Everyone was asked to finish their blocks at home and come back at the end of March with the finished blocks and their sewing machine. It was time for the assembly of the bag.

We decided at class to change the bottom of the bag. My original one has a rounded bottom, but flat bottom seemed better for a more useable bag. Everyone decided to use the flat bottom idea.

The bags were all finished by the end of the evening so everyone went home with a completed tote. And, they were awesome.  The color combinations and the selection of embroidery designs made everyone a unique work of art.

It was such fun to make the bags. If you have an embroidery machine with a 5×7 hoop, be sure to get the Anita Goodesign Patchwork Tote design collection. You will be so happy with the bag that you make.

             

       

If you make a tote, let me know, I would love to post a picture of your tote on our blog.

Next month, look for samples of the Thread Catcher.

Have a great “sewing day,

Marje

Sign Up for the Next Embroidery Club Meeting – Click Here!

Embroidery Club February-March 2012

Embroidery Club is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30  at Humble Sewing Center.  Please register in advance so that I know how many will be attending. The February class will focus on planning the bag and embroidering some of the blocks. You will be expected to finish the blocks before the March class so that we can focus on the assembly in March.

The supply list is posted on the blog under Embroidery Club. The pictures above show both sides of the tote.  I hung the tote on the back of the dining room chair to take a picture and just as I snapped the picture my puppy, Morgan, poked his head out from behind the bag. Morgan spends a lot of time with me in the my Sewing Studio.

I just finished then Patchwork Tote. I had to embroider 16 blocks for the outside of the tote. I used 4 different fabrics from my stash with 4 blocks of each color. The next step was selecting the thread palette. I selected thread colors that coordinated with the fabrics. Then I looked at each design and change the colors using Color Works which is part of Designers Gallery Studio Plus or Studio III. I saved the each design and then sent the designs to my Babylock Enterprise where I did the embroidery. Once the blocks were complete, I arranged them so that there were 8 blocks for the front and 8 blocks for the back of the tote.  I was careful with the placement of the blocks so that two blocks of each color are on the front and on the back and that the colors on each side are not next to each other. Another consideration is the placement of the blocks at the bottom of both sides. There is a tuck on each of the two middle blocks on the bottom row. These blocks should be less stitch intensive so select the quilted blocks and not the ones with dense embroidery designs.

The assembly of the tote was not difficult at all. I added a pocket on the inside of the tote so it will be functional. for My next tote, I am going to add a zipper since I prefer to use bags that close so my “stuff” doesn’t fall out when  I drop the bag or knock it over.

If you are coming to Embroidery Club in February and March, I am sure that you will enjoy making your Patchwork Tote.

Happy embroidering!

Marje (aka Designs by Marje)

Designs by Marje on Etsy

Hi all!

Tomorrow is our big day for part one of the T-shirt Quilt Sew Along!  I’ll likely be able to publish the post about prepping your t-shirts sometime in the afternoon so there’s still time to go and get your supplies.  Supply List

I’m looking forward to helping you make a nice T-shirt Quilt over the next several days!

In the meantime, I wanted to give a shout out for some new embroidery fonts that are available on Etsy.  These are created by Marje Agostini a fellow instructor and blogger here on the SewVac Outlet blog.   She did a great job!  Take a minute to visit her Etsy Shop.

Etsy is a great place to showcase and sell your hand crafted items and your embroidery designs as well.  For those of you who recently  attended the Machine Embroidery Business Seminar, Etsy is a good way to get your name out there and let others know about your new business.

Here’s a picture of Marje’s Fancy Monogram available on Etsy in letters A-Z:

The letters fit in the 4×4 hoop and are about 2 1/2 inches tall.  To see more and/or to get yours, just click on the image…

Fancy Monogram

Here is a picture of a letter from her Applique Heart Monogram set – just in time to stitch out a sweet Valentine’s momento:

Each of these letters will fit the 4×4 hoop and is about 3 inches tall.

To see more and/or to get yours, just click on the image….

Applique "Heart" Monogram Set

Way to go Marje!

If you’d like to learn how to create/digitize your own alphabets etc., you should attend one of Marje’s upcoming classes.

That’s all for now!

Let’s get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Embroidery Club (Feb/Mar 2012)

We are going to make a patchwork tote bag in February and March. The tote bag requires 16 quilted blocks which are made on the embroidery machine. We will start making the quilted blocks in February, then in March, we will finish the project. Each of the blocks in the tote are different. Two of the blocks can be made with either Texture Magic or Heat N Shrink. Dates for this Embroidery Class are February 28 at 5:30 and March 27 at 5:30.  Click here to register online.

Patchwork Tote

Supply List:

  • 5 x 7 hoop
  • 6 fat eighths of coordinating fabrics
  • 1/2 yd for lining
  • 1/2 yd for handles and pocket
  • 1 yd muslin for base
  • 1/4 yd warm and natural batting
  • no show mesh stabilizer
  • heat n shrink (optional)
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with fabric
  • 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread

In Your Sewing Room:

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!) PROJECTS CD
  • Printed template
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot,
  • Walking Foot (if you have one), Edge Stitching Foot

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Marking Pen
  • Pins
  • Tape
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 80/12