Remember spring break? If only we were all still in school and could take this mandatory vacation to rest and reflect and get out of the cold. Wouldn’t it be nice to escape our routine and leave all the stress behind just for one week? Well, with the help of our embroidery machines, we can do just that! I hear from many readers that when things are too hectic they flee to their sewing rooms for a respite. They may not have anything in mind to make, but the hum of the machine and the feel of fabric and thread beneath their hands put them at ease. I find that machine embroidery is especially meditative. I can test-stitch designs all day, using different thread color combinations, resizing and modifying elements and combining built-in designs with designs from my collection. There’s no stress to finish a project because I’m simply playing with the machine. Plus, I’m left with test stitchouts, which I save to patch together or appliqué onto a ready-made item for a quick gift.
Maybe you sew and embroider for stress relief or simply for the fun of it, or perhaps you have a baby shower or birthday gift that needs a handmade touch. Whatever the case may be, venture into your sewing room and relax at the machine with this issue as your guide. Since most of us don’t have an entire week to devote to an “embroidery break” this spring, we’re bringing you some quick, effortless projects that have stunning results. Try your hand at the budget-friendly in-the-hoop purse on page 24. Not only does the machine do most of the work for you, but the design is free for a limited time! If you’ve got little ones at home or visiting during their spring break, teach them how to make the backpack charms on page 40. Or make them an interactive coloring book using only five supplies from your stash.
If you’re looking for a project to really immerse yourself in, try the strikingly impressive “Mirror Image” top. Or learn an impressive technique: faux reverse madiera appliqué on page 54. There’s something for everyone inside the pages of this issue.
Enjoy your spring break, and get stitching!
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