Bead Embroidery Giveaway!

This is for all of you embroidery enthusiast out there! Have you been noticing all of the lovely beaded embellishments right now? Everywhere I look! Handbags, Peter Pan collars, shoulder embellishments, ballet flats, denim jeans and statement necklaces, oh my! It is amazing what a few beads can do!

Sometimes I have the urge to sit down and work with my hands. Hand embroidery gives me a creative outlet for stress relief. The simple motions and small work space give me a piece of mind.  If any of you need a new hands on activity that won’t break the bank, bead embroidery might be for you. I will list a few of my favorite bead embroidery books to get you started or if you are experienced in bead embroidery, I will show you a motif book that will further your love in this creative outlet.

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples

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This is an amazing book for beginners! Inside, you’ll find a collection of 130 stitch patterns that incorporate beads, ranging from elegantly simple single motifs to complex all-over patterns to three-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions,  you’ll see numerous examples of how the authors have added these beaded motifs to hems, pockets, cuffs, collars, and handbags, or used them as home décor trim on pillows, curtains, and lampshades. The patterns inside emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. You’ll be inspired and charmed as you discover endless ways to make lovely patterns with beads and stitchery. Available at the Interweave Store.

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs

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This book is the next step to beaded embroidery. This is a great book for beginners to advanced beaders. With 123 motifs that vary from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all-over patterns, to 3-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. Also available at the Interweave Store.

If the first two books sound inspiring and you cannot choose which one to buy first, I have a treat for you! They are available in a collection! At a great price you can get both Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples and Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs at the Interweave Store.

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Author Yasuko Endo makes craft and home décor designs and products for CRK Design. She has also appeared on a NHK program, Sutekini Handmade, where she presented bead embroidery stitch sample ideas and techniques. Yasuko is based in Japan.

 Guess what embroiders?! I have a copy of the Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples by Yasuko Endo to giveaway!! PRIZE TIME! 

To enter to win the prize all you have to do is answer the question below and a winner will be picked at random.

What is the one thing you would LOVE to embellish with bead embroidery (photos encouraged!)??

 Good luck and happy embroidering!!

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Embroidery Design Inspiration

Spring Stitching

The weather’s warming up and everything’s coming to life again! Including my inspiration. After the long, cold winter, the green of grass and new leaves and the chirping of birds has me thinking of a new grocery tote with flower embroidery, or kitchen towels with cute critters in pastel thread, or…

If you’re brimming with inspiration and looking for new embroidery designs, check out CME‘s new exclusive collections every issue, at

Like the Ribbon Garden embroidery collection:

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Or the retro Diner Delights kitchen collection (featured on the May/June cover and project designed by yours truly):

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(Coincidentally, you can also get the kit to make the cover project, which includes the fabric, place mat forms, rickrack and the entire Diner Delights collection.)

Visit for more embroidery inspiration, supplies and designs!

Happy Stitching!

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Why Parisian seamstresses don’t get fat (even though they eat croissants)

French author Mireille Giuliano proclaimed years ago in her book that French women maintain slim figures even though they indulge in wine, bread, and cheese. I remember scoffing at that book and lumping it in with the rest of the “lose weight without even trying!” miracle-diet books. I’ll stick to my super-sized, fries-with-that American lifestyle, thank you very much.

Parisian seamstresses may be the one exception–or rather, the one group of French women who actually live up to Giuliano’s assertion. To create haute couture, with all of its detail and intricacy, and with such precision, must burn off the calories in at least one croissant. Heck, just embroidering a dress like this should burn off a bottle of wine, no?

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The (pregnant!) bride that closed the Chanel show during Spring 2014 fashion week. That’s an embroidered neoprene train, folks. Soak it in.

New York magazine actually described haute couture as “manual labor” when they peeked inside the Chanel workroom a couple years ago. (Which yes, it is, but talk about sucking the glamour out of Chanel with that phrase, “manual labor.” Show some respect.)

Hand embroidery takes time, patience, and a lot of concentration (at least for me). I feel like I must be breaking a sweat, but I don’t think I’ll be earning any Weight Watchers activity points from it (boo). So instead, I’m trying my hand at the projects in Artfully Embroidered, which uses vintage Japanese embroidery techniques on smaller scale projects that are just as beautiful as anything they’re cranking out over in Gay Parie.

You can grab a copy of Artfully Embroidered in the Sew Daily shop–pick it up and sew with me! We can still reward ourselves with chocolate croissant afterward, calories be darned!


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Learning Serger Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting with Gail Patrice Yellen

If you owner a serger and are not quite sure about all the wonderful things it can do, check out the web seminar Serger Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting with Gail Patrice Yellen.

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Sergers and sewing machines are wonderful sewing room companions, but sergers can befuddle even the most experienced sewing machine operator. Once you can identify key serger components and how they each affect stitch formation, you’ll be able to manipulate settings like a pro. When is a 3-thread overlock preferable to a 4-thread stitch? Learn how to change stitch widths and what makes a stitch wide or narrow. What is differential feed and why is it such a fantastic serger feature?

Gail will give you a guided tour of your serger from top to bottom. She’ll highlight and explain the important serger parts, how to fine-tune their adjustments and troubleshoot problems. Even when all of the machine settings are correct, results might not be perfect—why? Sometimes it’s “operator technique.” You’ll see some common handling errors that cause failure and how to easily fix them.

Rolled hems that fall off the edges of sheer fabrics and stretched edges on knits can be discouraging. Gail will show you how to get beautiful results with just a few modifications. You’ll tackle your serger projects with increased confidence and knowledge.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Serger components—where they are and what they do
  • Overlock stitches and best choices for various construction techniques
  • What is differential feed and how to manipulate it
  • Common operator technique errors and how to correct them
  • Stitch length and width—get the right settings
  • Tension settings
  • Cover stitch—major differences between cover stitch and overlock functions

About the Instructor:

Gail has been an enthusiastic sewist since middle school and is an active member of the American Sewing Guild CT Chapter. Teaching classes and interacting with all levels of sewing enthusiasts continues to be a source of inspiration and fun. Her fascination with sergers is an ongoing source of ideas for embellishments. She has taught classes and workshops across the country including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Original Sewing & Quilt Expos, American Sewing Expo—Novi, MI and numerous American Sewing Guild Chapter events. Her Craftsy class, 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know is one of their bestsellers. Gail is a contributor to Threads, Sew News and Notions. F+W Media will publish her book, Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond! in December 2015.

Who Should Attend:

  • New serger owners who need to identify serger components and how they work
  • Experienced owners who want to refresh their knowledge and skills
  • Sewists who want to expand and finesse their serger skills for professional results
  • Owners who want to learn the “how” and “why” of manipulating serger settings
  • Serger owners who need to understand why operator handling technique is equally important as correct machine settings

Live Web Seminar Date: March 30, 2015

Start Time: 1 pm EST

Length: 60 Minutes

Cost: 19.99

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the event as well as any handouts referenced during the presentation. You do not have to attend the live event to get the recording of the presentation or the handouts. In all Sew Daily web seminars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the web seminar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e–mail as well.

I hope your join us, your serger will be glad you did! Be sure to check out the web seminar page for more information.

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Learn to Sew With Online Education – Beginning Sewing & Tailoring Classes Starting Soon!

notions5 Learn to Sew With Online Education   Beginning Sewing & Tailoring Classes Starting Soon!So many things are happening here at Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

You may have seen the latest redesign issue of Sew News magazine and in the end it really looks beautiful and fresh.


Same too goes with Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

We are working hard behind the scenes to update CME magazine and give you the same great content and contributors but with a modern look and feel. We truly hope you like it.
After the magazine has been released to the world we’ll be working on a lot more behind the scenes with web seminars, online education programs and transforming CME, SN and SSIA websites. Wow, it’s going to be a busy year for us all.

And, speaking of online education if you know someone who is new to sewing and would like to learn Craft Online University is offering a beginning sewing class through it’s online learning program and Burda University.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is a bit more advanced in their sewing skills and would like to improve on tailoring and drafting skills there is a upcoming class for that offered through Burda. We’ll be telling you more about those in the days ahead.

Hurry, these classes start March 31, 2015!

We also launched our web seminar series with our first web seminar: Building a Better Blog with Veronica Graham as the instructor. Our next web seminar is all about how to use your serger. Stay tuned for details!

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CME redesign sneak peek

Inside the next issue, you’ll find all the greatest embroidery tips, tricks, projects and techniques that we are dedicated to bringing you, but you’ll also notice it’ll look a little different.

We’ve been showing you our redesigned magazine over the past few weeks, beginning with the new logo. We hope this fresh perspective inspires you to try new projects, think about embroidery a little differently and step outside the box to let your creativity fly!

Here’s another little sneak peek into what’s in store for you. In our Basic Training column, learn all about freestanding lace. The different kinds, ways to use them and tips for stitching them out perfectly every time.

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We hope you’re inspired by the open, chic photography and great information! Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at to let us know your thoughts when the new issue arrives in your mailbox!

Enjoy, and happy stitching!


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Win a Zentangle Starter Kit!

Have you tried Zentangle yet? It’s a beautiful art form that only looks complicated!

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Get step by step instructions from Pam Damour and everything you need to get started. Pam breaks down each element of the Zentangle squares to make it simple and fun. The symmetry and repetition of the squares is rather soothing! Take your work from paper to fabric and create one-of-a-kind projects.

Enter to win a Zentangle starter kit by answering the following question in the comments section below, “Have you ever tried Zentangle?”

If you’re not chosen as the lucky winner, purchase the kit at Shop Sew it All Here.

Get more instruction from Pam and yours truly in the video, Zentangle: An Introduction to the Art and Application at

Good luck and happy sewing!

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The New CME – More Great Projects, Improved Look & Style

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You’ve seen the new logo, but there are more changes coming to the new and improved CME magazine. We’ll still bring you the best machine embroidery tips, techniques and projects, but with brighter, fresher photography and easy-to-read layouts.

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Such as this table setting project in the upcoming May/June issue (created by yours truly). Featuring adorable retro CME original designs, these place mats and napkins amp up any kitchen decor.

Get the kit to create the project at Find the designs, and the rest of the Diner Delights collection HERE.

Find more fun embroidery projects in the May/June issue, on newsstands and in your mailbox April 21st!

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The New Look of CME!

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What do you think of the new CME logo? We’re shooting for fresh and modern, and it’s not only the logo that’s getting a face lift. Layouts, fonts and photography will all be revamped in the May/June issue for your new and improved reading experience.

Don’t forget–YOU can be a part of Creative Machine Embroidery. It’s as easy as shooting us an email at Send us your best machine embroidery tips and tricks– from tools you have lying around the house used in unexpected ways, to how you organize your designs or stabilizer stash. Share the knowledge!

While we at the offices love our jobs, we’re not here for our health, we’re here for YOU! And we want to know what you think.

Drop us a line, and have a great weekend!


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The new Creative Machine Embroidery logo

Hello Readers!

Thank you so much for responding to our survey and providing us with the information we needed to develop a brand new CME magazine. Here’s a sneak peek into our efforts to refresh and renew CME and transform it based on your suggestions.

I’m very excited to share with you the brand new CME logo!

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This is what you will see on the May/June issue when it arrives in your mailbox and hits newsstands in April. We love that the word embroidery is big and bold, and I love the scripty font that speaks to the creativity behind our embellishments.

We’re carrying this design through the pages of the issue, starting with bigger and bolder photography that gives you an up-close and personal feel with the designs so you can see the texture, quality of threads used and actual stitches. The projects will have a more modern aesthetic with the latest fabrics and designs featured, along with more options to buy kits so you can create exactly what you see on the pages of the magazine.

We’ll be be bringing you more sneak peeks as the month of March progresses, so check back on the blog frequently to see it all!

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading!

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