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Bling and Embroidery… What a combination!

Bling and Embroidery!

Bling and Embroidery!

Awesome Monogram!

Awesome Monogram!

Today, I wanted to make a couple of new samples for the store. I’ve been quilting so much lately that I decided it would be a good idea to try something new.

Since embroidery has always been a favorite of mine, I decided to monogram a tote bag. We have some really nice tote bag blanks in the store that make great items to embroider. I selected one with a zebra print and red trim. Red is my favorite color. Since I have what I consider hard to monogram initials, MMA. Not because embroidering the monogram is hard but because the letters are not always the best looking in many fonts. A’s are often funny looking and the M is usually so wide that it doesn’t fit well with other letters.  After trying many fonts, I decided on Curlz MT. The A looks like a cursive A with nice curves. The M is not overly wide and works well with the A.

With that decision out of the way, I decided to digitize my monogram using Masterworks III.  Masterworks has 156 built in fonts. Any number of which would work well for my tote bag, but it was a reason to digitize my own.  One of my future blogs will be on how to digitize true type fonts for perfect embroidered lettering. With the digitizing complete, I embroidered the bag matching the tread color to the bottom of the bag.

The monogrammed tote looked great. But since Bling is my second favorite embellishment, I used the Artistic Crystal Software to add come Bling around my monogram. In the Artistic Crystal software, it is very easy to open an embroidery design and using the autoborder tool create a border around each letter 2 mm from the edge of the embroidery. Next, you assign crystals to the line and make any adjustments so that no crystals overlap. Then, it is off to the Silhouette cutter which cuts a crystal template. Once that is finished, the template is pulled off of the cutting mat, and placed on a backing board. From there, the template is placed into a tray, the crystals are poured on top and a brush is used to move the crystals into the holes. When the holes are filled, transfer tape is place on top. Brushing on top of the tape causes the crystals to stick to the tape lifting them from the template when the tape is removed.  Now it is off to the press.

With the monogrammed bag in hand, I carefully placed the transfer take on top of the embroidered monogram lining it us so that crystals outline the letters. Then press for about 45 seconds using a pressing cloth on top. Try to remove the transfer tape, if the crystals lift up,  press again. Do this until the tape lifts off with all crystals remaining on the tote bag. Using the pressing cloth again on top of the crystals, press one more time. Let the bag cool. Then brush your hands over the crystals, they should stay in place.  In the end, I liked the bag so much that I bought it and made another for the store sample.

Finished. The tote bag looks awesome. Stop by the store to see a demo on how you can add embroidery and/or bling to your life. You will never be the same once you do.

Happy Embroidering and Blinging,

Marje

Bling, Bling, and more Bling!

Do you like crystal designs on t-shirts, totes, or on pants? It seems that bling is everywhere. Some crystals can make a plan t-shirt look like a designer t-shirt. And, it is EASY… You can put the crystal wand in the closet; you won’t need it anyone with the Artistic Crystal Software and Cameo Silhouette cutter. Create a crystal design from a clipart, add crystals to an embroidery design, or use your fonts to create designs with team names, bridal party accessories, birthday t-shirts. You are limited only by your imagination.

The Artistic Crystal System is on display at Humble Sewing Center. Stop by the store to see a demo and some samples that we have created.  Check out the shirts that I did this weekend.

To create the crystal cross template:

  1. Draw a cross on paper and scan it.
  2. Open the Artistic Crystal software with the image as a backdrop
  3. Using your mouse, place the crystals around the cross in the desired pattern.
  4. Save the design.
  5. Turn on the Cameo Silhouette and load the template material.
  6. Export it to the Cameo Silhouette and cut.
  7. When the cutting is complete, unload the template material and pull it off the mat.
  8. Place the template on the backing board.
  9. Place the template in a tray and pour crystals on top of it.
  10. Using a trim and touch up pad from the starter kit, move the crystals on the template in a back and forth motion. The crystals will fall into the holes.
  11. Turn any upside down crystals over with the silhouette tools included with the cutter.
  12. Cut a piece of transfer tape to the size of the template. Separate the sticky top from the bottom.
  13. Place the clear tape on top of the template. Press it with your fingers so the crystal stick to the transfer tape.
  14. Pull the transfer tape off of the template and place the bottom on it.
  15. When ready to iron on the transfer, pull the bottom off of the transfer tape.
  16. Place the crystals on the t-shirt in the proper position.
  17. Place a pressing cloth on top of the transfer tape, hold a hot, dry iron on top. Hold in place for 30-40 seconds. Remove iron and pressing cloth. Lift transfer tape carefully. It will be hot. If crystals do not stay on the shirt, replace pressing cloth and iron. Hold in place a little longer.
  18. Lift transfer tape. Crystals should remain on shirt. Place the pressing cloth on top again and hold the iron for 10-15 seconds for one last shot of heat to secure the crystals.

You are finished. Save the template. You can use it whenever you want to use that design. You reuse the transfer tape as long as it remains sticky.