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Crafts & Embroidery

On March 28, I am doing a seminar at Humble Sewing Center (Sew Vac Outlet) on Crafts and Embroidery. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks creating samples for the seminar, using Designers Gallery Embroidery Works, Floriani TCU, and Artistic Simple Cut software. For more information about the seminar or to register, visit www.sewvacoutlet.com.

MardiGrasI’ve embroidered shirts, created banners, cut and pressed glitter heat transfer on t-shirts, and added rhinestones for some added bling. All of the projects started with appliqué embroidery designs, which I purchased from Planet Appliqué or digitized myself. I even created a vinyl design for our motorhome using the same process.

About three years ago, I fell in love with adding rhinestones to t-shirts. At that time, Janome BrithdayShirtintroduced the Artistic Creative Products which includes Artistic Simple Cut (formerly known as Artistic Crystal). The Artistic SimpleCut software does exactly what it’s name suggests: makes cutting simple! When you hook up Artistic SimpleCut to your Digital Cutter, your possibilities are endless. You have the ability to create shapes, motifs and designs in the software and cut it out of virtually any material. You can cut fabric for appliqué, templates for crystal designs, vinyl to adhere to shirts, glassware, walls or mirrors, magnets for your car or fridge, paper for any scrapbooking or paper crafting projects. Be prepared to find yourself experimenting with new techniques, materials and designs in no time!  The Artistic Simple Cut software connects directly to some digital cutters, such as the Zing, Silhouette Cameo, and others.

birthdayRecently Designers Gallery Software introduced a new feature of Embroidery Works which works with most digital cutters. The appliqué part of an embroidery design can be saved in a format used by most digital cutters on the market, making it easy to use the shape of the appliqué to cut fabric for the embroidery process or to cut heat transfer material, vinyl, or card stock. Embroidery Works is one of the few embroidery software packages that is MAC compatible. I am a MAC user so this is particularly appealing to me. With Embroidery Works, appliqué embroidery designs and Silhouette Studio, I can make many different projects using my Silhouette Cameo. Em
broidery Works was used to create the spiral text on the t-shirt.Graduation 2015

In addition, Floriani TCU, now save artwork in .svg format which can be opened by the Silhouette Studio or Artistic Simple Cut.

So by now, you are probably wondering what I have created. I took some ideas from Designers Gallery and created some different projects. I purchased some appliqué embroidery designs from Planet Appliqué and created a few of my own with Mardi GraLivinTheDreams, Birthday, and Graduation themes. I made banners, shirts, masks, and goodie bags. I also created vinyl design for our RV. I used a picture of our RV and digitized an appliqué embroidery design.

Happy Embroidering and Crafting!

Marje

Anita’s Playhouse Embroidery Party

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GET A SNEEK PEEK AT UPCOMING RELEASES

Have a blast learning new techniques in our hands-on team sewing environment.

EVERY ATTENDEE WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING

A brand new full color catalog, an exclusive $500 value CD with 9 design collections, plus the event projects and more, with a tutorial book! All for a total value of $699 for just attending.

WHERE      Humble Sewing Center
19333 Hwy 59N, Suite 105
Humble, TX 77338

WHEN       March 6 & 7, 2015

FEE              79.99   (Early Bird Special  69.99 thru 1/31/15)

How to Sign Up
Call 281-446-1818, stop by the store to sign up or register online at www.sewvacoutlet.com

Digitizing w/Aggie Jan. 10, 2015

“Santa in a Car” 

Masterworks or Floriani FTC/U

SANTA IN CAR STITCH-OUTWhen: Saturday – January 10, 2015 – 10 pm – 1pm 

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet 

Class Project: Santa in a Car (Beginner & Advanced)

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac  (in store, online via PayPal, credit card via phone)

Before Class: Get latest software update, run anti-virus, bring your computer mouse! 

Santa will be on vacation in Hawaii for this class, but he is a great subject to digitize because of the techniques that you learn. This “Santa in Car” design measures 7.5” x 8.5” high.  Santa’s suit, cap and car are appliqued, his hair is wave filled and his beard and mustache are embroidered with the “Satin Path” to provide a silky, curly look.

It utilizes the following stitch types:

  • Running Stitch
  • Satin (Steil) Stitch
  • Standard Fill
  • Wave Fill
  • Column (Satin) Path
  • Jagged Column (Satin) Path

Because of the stitch types used in this design, its clipart is excellent for learning how to digitize.  However, depending on a minimum familiarity with your software, this entire design cannot be taught or digitized within a 3-hour class period, but it can be managed by separating into the following suggested parts:

  1. Face, Beard and Mustache
  2. Hair, Facial Features, Cap and Holy Wreath
  3. Body and Car

You will learn how to:

  • Digitize for Applique
  • Choose and use stitches that give the appearance of texture – such as the look of fur
  • Apply stitches that curve with the artwork
  • Determine the correct pathway through the design – the order in which parts should be stitched

You will learn how to perform the basics for digitizing the design and get you setup for completing parts on your own away from class.  In the first class you will learn how to prepare your artwork before beginning to digitize and will be given a “pathway” plan to follow that will minimize time required to stitch-out because of fewer thread cuts and thread jumps.

Register

My Holiday Pillow

PillowHi, the days are getting closer to Christmas with only 5 days left, there is still some time to make a holiday gift. Here is a simple holiday gift that you can make in a couple of hours.

I’ve finally finished 3 of these pillows for Christmas gifts. The pillow form is 18″ x 18″. The pillow front and back is to 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″. I used a 1/2 seam allowance for construction of the pillow and a 1/4″ seam allowance for the piecing of the front and back blocks.

Center Row

  • ho – 8 1/2″ x 9 3/4″
  • HO – 4 3/4 x 9 3/4″
  • H Ornament – 5 x 9 3/4″

Top Row (reverse the fabrics for the bottom row)

  • Fabric A – 4 3/4 x 9 3/4
  • Fabric B – 4 3/4 x 8 1/2″

Pillow Back.

  • Fabric 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″ or alternately piece fabric to create that size block.
  1. Embroider designs in each section of the pillow.
  2. Sew the blocks together so that each row is 18 1/4″ long.
  3. Sew the rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  4. Trim Pillow front to 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″.
  5. With right sides together (pillow front & back) and using a 1/2” seam allowance, the bottom of the pillow only.
  6. Lay the pillow flat with right side down so that the seam is in the center.
  7. Place a 14″ zipper on top of the seam allowance.
  8. Pin on one side. Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in place. Sew down one side of the zipper, turn and sew across the bottom of the zipper, then up the other side and across the top of the zipper. Stitch across the top and bottom of the zipper again.
  9. Turn to the right side. Using a seam ripper, open the seam on top of the zipper.
  10. Move the zipper pull towards the center.
  11. With right sides together, sew the sides and top of the pillow together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  12. Trim the corners and turn right side out.
  13. Insert the pillow form.

 Click here to download the Embroidery Designs used in this project. 

My Grandchildren – Embroidered Turtleneck

There are only 10 days until Christmas! Christmas is my favorite time of the year.Shirt It is a time of such joy in my family. Family get togethers, watching the children experience the fun of Christmas. And, this year, I have a new grandson which was the inspiration of for the shirt.

Masterworks III has a great text tool. I used 10 fonts and 11 colors for the lettering. Then, I used the heart in custom shapes to add the small hearts in the design.

I embroidered the design on my Janome 9900 so I my only limitation was the size of the hoop 6.7″ x 7.9″. It is the perfect size of the front of a turtleneck shirt.

The following are the fonts and the sizes that I used:

  • MWIII DesignNatee – Font: Compact; Height: 22 mm (rotated)
  • NICK – Font: Crafty; Height: 18 mm (vertical)
  • Becca – Font: Bookworm; Height 24 mm (rotated)
  • Teagan – Font: Lizzie, Height 16 mm
  • AMANDA – Font: Capital Key Block; Size 18 mm (vertical)
  • MACY – Font: Crafty; Size 20 mm
  • shannon – Font: Mansfield; Size 25 mm (rotated)
  • JEREMY – Font: HobbyHorse; Size 16 mm
  • Kaitlyne – Font: LittleLordFonteroy; Size 22 mm
  • DREW – Font: Ribbon; Size 24 mm (vertical)
  • My Gandchildren – Font: HobbyHorse; Size 15 mm

DesignI varied lettering, adding some all uppercase and all lower case in addition to the traditional first letter upper, remaining lower.

You can create text embroidery designs from many embroidery software programs, such as Designers Gallery Embroidery Works, Floiani FTC/U, Viking 5d Embroidery, 6D Embroidery, Palette, PE Design, and many more.

Holiday shirtDon’t just use this idea for the names of your children or grandchildren. I also create a holiday shirt for the holidays.

I added one of the Christmas embroidery designs from my collection to the text.

Are you inspired? If so, open that embroidery software see what you can create!

Embossed Towel

As I mentioned, I am traveling in our RV.  Maybe traveling is not the appropriate word at the moment, since we are spending the next 3 months in Clermont, Florida.  We are a few miles from Disney World which has been one of our favorite places for many years. My sister-in-law came to visit from New Jersey. She is staying for 2 weeks. She enjoys sewing as much as I do, but has not done any machine embroidery. In our travels to the local quilt shops, we satowelw a towel with an embossed letter. I told her that I could make that. So we bought hand towels to embroider. I bought one. We don’t need many in the RV. Rose bought six, 2 for each of 3 daughters.

Back at the RV, I created the “embossed design” using Florian Total Control/U. I had 4 designs to create, A, G, F, and V.

I embroidered the towel using my Janome 9900.

Below is a link for the instructions on how to create the monogram using the Floriani Total Control/U software.

Embossed Monogram

Next post: Instructions on how to embroider the towel.

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